Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets
What people are saying about Out of the Box:
"superb, ground-breaking ... Out of the Box makes a compelling case for considering the relationship between sexuality and poetic creativity. ... While the poems in this anthology are often 'difficult', there is plenty of humour here, as well as eroticism, intelligence and poetic inventiveness: pretty much everything one wants from a literary anthology."
David McCooey, The Age, 20 Feb 2010
"This book has nothing to prove: it is an assured, open-handed gesture of creativity — entertaining, thought-provoking, full of mystery and revelation. The poetry world, and by extension our culture, might be enriched, enlivened and inspired by all these queer voices."
Will Day, Eureka Street, 5 March 2010
"It seems to me that it is the best Australian anthology for some years now. ... the arrangement of the texts (in alphabetical order of title) while seemingly arbitrary avoids altogether the hierarchies anthologies inevitably impose on their components and this makes all the poems work to contribute to the whole. The introductions by the editors, Michael Farrell and Jill Jones, are exemplary and the volume is beautifully designed, i.e. it isn’t an insult to the writers whose work it contains ..."
Laurie Duggan, Graveney Marsh, 23 Feb 2010
"... this is a book to be enjoyed in private, a secret door into the lush and sensual garden of the poet’s mind."
Scott McGuiness, Blaze, 9 March 2010
"... should provoke debate (among other things) about gay and lesbian identity and community, and about the relationship between poet and reader. ... a rich poetic lode"
Gregory Kratzmann, Australian Book Review, April 2010
"Farrell and Jones do a fine job here, looking for surprising approaches from their poets. ... The standard of the poems is high, ... and there are few moments either in the introductions (which contain readings of some of the work as well as much else) or in the hundred or so poems collected in the body of the book when one isn’t given something to enjoy, admire or chew over."
Martin Duwell, Australian Poetry Review, 1 April 2010