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Gig Ryan

is poetry editor at the Age and a freelance reviewer.

About Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan is poetry editor at the Age and a freelance reviewer. Her New and Selected Poems (2011) won the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the 2012 Grace Levin Prize for Poetry.

Articles about Gig Ryan

Articles by Gig Ryan

Rae Desmond Jones (1941-2017): ‘The fractured poetry / of commerce and power’

'Rae Desmond Jones has stated that for him poetry and politics are mutually contradictory pursuits, yet his poetry, concerned with how people and classes interact, is, like all art, necessarily political.'

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Catcher and Sifter: Net Needle
by Robert Adamson

'Net Needle indicates in its title the poem as net, an often-recurring, even talismanic word throughout Robert Adamson's work. The net is both catcher and sifter, with the needle able to repair and renew. Net Needle then is also the constantly revitalised net accentuating the craft of making – ‘They stitched their lives into my days’ (‘Net Makers’) – and achieves a precarious equilibrium through its scrutiny of life’s twists and reinventions.'

Subtle persuasive protest: Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden

Jenifer Maiden is the winner of Australia's richest literary award, the 2014 Victorian Premier's Award. Read Gig Ryan's review of Liquid Nitrogen, Maiden's prize winning collection of poems.