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Historic Present by Andrew Burke


This is the final volume of prolific Perth poet, Andrew Burke, and his second in the Flying Islands’ Pocket Poets Series. Historic Present presents a wide range of topics and vivid slices of the poet’s life – places and seasons and times of life – around Australia and around the world. Historic Present foregrounds corporeal concerns and intimations of mortality such as the title of the book may suggest. A fitting postscript to Burke’s 2020 New and Selected poems, Historic Present salutes some various personages in Australian poetry. Never ornate, rather to the point, it is a collection of impressively knotted loose ends.

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Andrew Burke was an Australian author who has lived most of his life in Perth. After his birth in Melbourne in 1944, Burke’s family moved west to expand the family business. In his teens, Burke read ‘Beat’ writers, and they gained his interest more than the school curriculum literature. He published his first short story at 18. He has written on a daily basis ever since – stories, plays, poems, and – to feed family – advertising material and videos. From 1990, Burke taught creative writing and allied subjects at universities and writing centres. In 2006, he and his wife Jeanette travelled to China where they taught at Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, and, on their return, they taught indigenous children in The Kimberley area of North West Australia. He dedicated his last years full-time to writing.

Also by Andrew Burke
Let’s Face the Music & Dance 1973
On the Tip of my Tongue 1982
Mother Waits for Father Late 1992
Pushing at Silence1996
Whispering Gallery 2001
Knock on Wood 2003
Beyond City Limits 2009
Mother Waits for Father Late – Revised 2010
E-Novel: Blue Rose
{QWERTY} take my word for it 2011
Shikibu Shuffle 2012
Undercover of Lightness: New & Selected 2012
One Hour Seeds Another 2014
The Line is Busy 2017
New & Selected 2020

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