The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

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The Pursuit of Happiness collects shorter poems written during and after the composition of Crab & Winkle, and concludes with 'The Nathan Papers', an earlier and longer work written in Australia. The poems address the state of the art and the state of the nation, investigating the spaces left for pleasure in this new dark age. As anthropological investigations, they shift from Robert Creeley, burgers and South African wine on Charing Cross Road to images of Santa Claus in Anglo-Greek Paphos and Japanese tourist signs in the Bronte country.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 7.62mm | 136.08g
  • Shearsman Books
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1848612222
  • 9781848612228
  • 556,996

About Laurie Duggan

Laurie Duggan (b. 1949) was born in Melbourne and has lived in Sydney and Brisbane. He has published numerous books of poems including The Ash Range (since republished by Shearsman - see link above), which won the Victorian Premier's New Writing Award; The Epigrams of Martial, winner of the Wesley Michael Wright Prize; Mangroves, selected as The Age Poetry Book of the Year in 2003, and winner of the 2004 ASAL Gold Medal; and Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971 - 2003, (see link above). His cultural history Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture, 1901 - 1939, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2001. He was poetry editor of Meanjin from 1994 to 1997. Until recently he was a Senior Lecturer/ Writer-in-Residence in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University in Brisbane and an Honorary Research Advisor in the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, but moved home in the summer of 2006 to south-east England.show more
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