Cover image: Eros and Thanatos by Zoe Croggon, 2016

New and Selected Poems 1991-2017

"Free verse in Australia has rarely come better than Croggon's."

The Australian on New and Selected Poems 1991-2017


Raw, passionate and dazzling, Alison Croggon’s poetry confronts a world fractured by different kinds of violence – patriarchal, colonial, sexual and emotional – and finds there a difficult beauty. Selected Poems 1991-2017 brings together works from all nine of her published collections, new poems and previously unpublished work. It demonstrates the full range of her art: formally inventive, intellectually curious and stylistically assured.

Publication date: August 1 2017. 328 pages.

"The scope of this collection – and it is impressively large – makes reviewing seem in many ways a trite and inappropriately restrictive response to the work. I have not done justice in this reading to the individual power of many of the works, which merit attention in their own right. But given its status as a selected, I found the collection most remarkable in the manner in which it has made these works new, or brought them into new relevance with the larger conversation of a poetic life. Speaking in two ways, both through the poems and through the act of their collection, it offers something intense, difficult and fragile, but simultaneously intimate and hugely rewarding in the reading."

Catherine Noske in Cordite - Full review

"Alison Croggon is one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today."

Australian Book Review

"[Croggon's] lyric ‘I’ is not the often vapid, dull but clever ‘I’ or lack of it that often prevails in some curiously passive male poetry...She is profoundly liberated from the oppressive politics of the narrow self."

Patricia McCarthy, Agenda

“Alison Croggon’s poetry is distinguished by passion, intelligence and intense moral honesty.”

George Szirtes

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Alison Croggon is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic. Her poetry has been widely published in journals in Australia and internationally, and is included in many major Australian anthologies. Her first poetry collection, This is the Stone, won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes. The Blue Gate was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Poetry Prize. Attempts at Being was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US. Her poetry has been set to music by several composers and she has written many libretti, including Mayakovsky, for an opera by Michael Smetanin, which was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Awards Drama Prize, and The Riders, for Iain Grandage, which was named Choral/Vocal Work of the Year in the Australian Art Music Awards.


She is the author of the popular fantasy series The Books of Pellinor. Other novels include The River and the Book, a finalist in the WA Premier’s Awards and winner of the Environmental  Writing for Children Award; Black Spring, a finalist in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards; and Navigatio. She is also a performance critic, and in 2009 was named the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, the playwright Daniel Keene, with whom she is co-writing a new speculative fiction series.

The Island

4.13 star rating on Goodreads


A new Pellinor short story from Alison Croggon.

Maerad of Pellinor, pregnant with her first baby, is haunted by a mysterious island which everyone says doesn't exist.


And then she finds the child...


"Beautifully written short story. A glimpse to a world of a new beginning or a world of something untold..." 

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