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The Beast Should Comply by Philip Hammial


The Beast Should Comply is essentially a mini selected, with poems from nine of Hammial’s twenty-six collections. The title and title poem are from an Arthur Boyd drawing that Kit Kelen and Hammial discovered in the Boyd archives when they were at Bundanoon editing The Beast. At the time they had no idea what to call the book, and there it was leaping up as big as life.

“…provocative and punchy. It engages with the world and is full of humour, irony, sarcasm, extreme images, with a universality of interests and a cosmopolitan flair that serves as a good antidote for mere good intentions in writing.” – Peter Boyle

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Philip Hammial has had twenty-six collections of poetry published. His poems have appeared in twenty-five poetry anthologies (in five countries) and in 106 journals/newspapers in twelve countries.

He has represented Australia at eight major international poetry festivals, most recently (2014) at the festival in Granada, Nicaragua.


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