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