Simon West’s The Ladder, his third collection of poetry and first in four years, will be launched by Lisa Gorton at the Museo Italiano, 199, Faraday St, Carlton, Wed 19 Aug, 6.30pm. Many earlier preoccupations return – the natural environment, Italian art, the dimensions of place. There is a new focus on worldly and artistic responsibility, and a fascination with the ‘certain poise’ of ‘being in between’. At the collection’s heart are the building blocks of language, along with the more literal ones of Rome, where some of these poems were written during a residency at the Whiting Studio in 2012.
Simon West lives in Melbourne. He is the author of First Names (Puncher & Wattmann 2006), shortlisted for the NSW Premiers’ Prize and winner of the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize; The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti (Troubador Publishing, 2009); and The Yellow Gum’s Conversion (Puncher & Wattmann 2011), shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. He is represented in anthologies including Thirty Australian Poets (UQP) and Young Poets: An Australian Anthology (John Leonard Press).
Free event but booking essential.