|Article 13 - for Poetry Review Vol. 89 No. 1 Spring 1999 (Australian Issue)|
A lot of good Australian writers have latched onto the Internet; I've already mentioned some of them in this column. A good place to look for others is the Australian Writers on Line site atwith its many links to web journals and home pages. Another huge resource, which appears to list every Australian who's written anything at all, is Ozlit at This also has book announcements, competitions and many other resources.
Among the many sites maintained by individual poets, a few that stand out are Andrew Burke's at 1. All these have admirably simple, fast-loading layouts. They're easy to read, and give enough samples of each poet's work to enable you to decide whether you want to buy the books., the surreal of Pam Brown, and Alison Croggon's excellent one at
Alison is also the editor of Masthead, an Australian print journal which archives its past issues complete at 2 Only the first edition (well worth a browse) is available as I write, though the second might also be there by the time you read this.
Its print roots anchor Masthead more firmly in Australia than is possible for entirely Web-based journals. Whether this is an advantage, a disadvantage, or just a difference depends on your point of view. Thus there's a strong internationalist flavour to the on-line Jacket at 3. In five editions, John Tranter has managed to establish an enviable reputation for it as one of the best literary journals of the genre. Another excellent journal has recently changed its location on the Web. The Animist can now be found at and includes multimedia works using MIDI and RealAudio as well as more conventional poetry and articles.
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