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Michael Brennan (poet)

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Name  Michael Brennan

Role  Poet
Books  Unanimous night, The Imageless World, Custody for Fathers, Autoethnographic, The war in Clare 1911‑1921

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Michael Brennan, born in Sydney in 1973, is an Australian poet based in Tokyo.


His first volume of poetry, The Imageless World, won the Mary Gilmore Award. According to critic David McCooey, together with Unanimous Night it forms "the first parts of a triptych", and both books exhibit a "...complex and stylish interplay between opposing categories: light and dark; presence and absence; prose and poetry..." McCooey notes that "[t]he poetry is both brilliantly imagistic and pared back, both worldly and almost mystical in its concerns. In both books we find similar interests and motifs: hunger, darkness, eroticism, the earth and the sky..."

Brennan is the director of Vagabond Press, and the Australian editor of Poetry International Web. He is also an academic, and his doctoral thesis was entitled "The Impossible Gaze: Robert Adamson and the work of negativity."


  • The Imageless World, Salt, 2003
  • Language Habits (chapbook), 2006
  • Sky was sky (with Akiko Muto), 2007
  • Atopia (with Kay Orchison)
  • Unanimous Night, Salt, 2008
  • Autoethnographic, Giramondo, 2012
  • As Editor

  • Absence and Negativity in Australian Literature, 2000
  • Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, 2000
  • References

    Michael Brennan (poet) Wikipedia

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