Simon West

Simon West

is a poet and Italianist, and honourary fellow in the School of Languages at The University of Melbourne.


About Simon West

Simon West is a poet and Italianist, and honourary fellow in the School of Languages at The University of Melbourne. His most recent book is The Ladder (2015).


Articles about Simon West

Articles by Simon West

Auden’s Skirmish With The Real

‘For Auden the writing of literary non-fiction prose, which largely consists of reviews, prefaces, and lectures, was far from hack work. The two volumes in question total well over a thousand pages. It is striking how consistently measured and thoughtful each piece is. He may repeat ideas in different forums, but you never have the sense that he has a deadline to meet, or that he ever was rash in his judgement or expression.’ Simon West on the late prose of W.H. Auden.

The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood

Great Poem Hoax: The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood

In the case of a selective anthology such as The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood, both the adjective and the magical number have a trace of the ludicrous. One would like to think that Harwood had reached a level of importance where gratuitous boosting was unnecessary.