History & the Poet
History & the Poet (2017) is a series of essays on contemporary Australian poetry. It asks and seeks to answer personal, philosophical and political questions that matter for poetry now. History & the Poet offers an entry point to a rich and complex world, and is a compelling vision of what poetry can become. It includes discussion of Wood’s own experiences and identity as part of a broader conversation about who we are and why poetry matters.
Launch Speech, Victoria Laurie, Westerly Magazine.
Being Julajulara: A review of Robert Wood’s ‘History & the Poet’, Chris Arnold, Westerly Magazine.
Review, Johanna Featherstone, Cordite Poetry Review.
Interview with Dennis Haskell, Perth Writers Festival.
Concerning A Farm
Concerning A Farm (2017) is a book of place poems. Building from the carcasses of other poetries, Wood takes us to nature, small towns, suburbs, global cities and liminal spaces. Taken together, it builds a mosaic of a beautiful and fractured world, combining the experimentalism of the unconventional with lyrical flights of fancy.
Land Mass (2016) is a hundred page poetic history of Australia. Grounded in natural reality, it plays with language to present an idea of dialectical movement on the continent. It references scientific, political, economic, cultural, and social discourses. Readers who enjoy difficulty will appreciate this book.
Land Mass is published by The S Press and is not for sale. You can get it here.
Philip Hall reviews ‘Land Mass’, Philip Hall, Plumwood Mountain.