Cold Mountain and The Sea


Book Information

Release date 11-2021
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781922669254
ISBN10 1922669253

SKU: 804 Categories: ,


Since 1990, with Penguin’s publication of Raft, Barry Hill has been acclaimed for his poetry. His Ghosting William Buckley (1993) which won his first Premier’s Award, was described by Overland‘s Barrett Reid, as a ‘major work’. David Malouf wrote that The Inland Sea (2001) was ‘a mixture of intense contemplation and powerful eroticism.’ Necessity: Poems 1996—2006 won the ACT Judith Wright Award. Lines For Birds (2011), a collaboration with the artist John Wolseley, was commended for the Prime Minister’s Prize, and described by Nathaniel Tarn as ‘a miraculous gift of a book’. His Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud (2012), which John Kinsella described as ‘a masterpiece’ was short-listed for the 2013 UK Forward Prize, and prompted Sebastian Smee to declare him ‘a superb poet’. His two recent books, Selected Poems (2018) and Kind Fire (2020) have been published to acclaim.

Cold Mountain and The Sea arises from two summers of swimming with the Zen Poet Han Shan.

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Weight 1 kg

Author information

Barry Hill

Barry Hill has worked as a journalist and psychologist in Melbourne and London. He has been writing full-time since 1976 and is the author of many works in several genres, including a libretto performed in ‘The Studio’ at the Sydney Opera House in 2004. His short fiction has been widely anthologized and translated into Japanese and Chinese, and he has won national awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. He is a former Poetry Editor of The Australian and a Post-Doctoral Fellow from the University of Melbourne. The essays, Reason and Lovelessness, is his most recent book. He lives on the coast in southern Australia, looking out across the sea towards Tasmania and the Antarctic. His next book will be called The Tao on Cloudy Bay, a poetic interpretation of Chuang Tzu. He is married to the singer/songwriter Rose Bygrave.

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