Anthony Lawrence -Flying Low in the Minor Key

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Sleeve Notes for Anthony Lawrence’s Flying Low in the Minor Key

Anthony Lawrence is, perhaps, the most Romantic of Australian poets with brilliant phrasing, a naturalist’s passion for detail and narrative drive that gives his work a lyric intensity. In this audio collection Lawrence reads 30 poems, ranging from his first book to his most recent. His delivery gives the listener a sense of the modern myth, poems that refute the notion of a division between narrative and lyric poetry, landscape and people, comedy and tragedy.

Biographical Note

Anthony Lawrence was born in 1957, in Tamworth, and dropped out of school at 16 to work as a Jackeroo. He has worked as a fisherman, teacher, editor and a writer. Since his first collection of poetry Dreaming in Stone in 1989 he has published eleven collections and is widely anthologized. He work has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards and writing grants.

Among his award winning books are The Viewfinder (UQP) which won the NSW Premiers Award in 1997, his New and Selected (UQP) which won the Queensland Premiers Prize in 1999 and Bark (UQP) which was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for 2008. His most recent collection, The Welfare of My Enemy (Puncher and Wattmann), was published in 2011. Lawrence currently lives in Newcastle, NSW.

Playlist: Flying Low in the Minor Key


1.    The Drive     2:16

2.    Whistling Fox        1:03

3.    Guidance and Knowledge 3:41

4.    The Glance Returned       2:49

5.    Mark and Lars       1:51

6.    The Art of the Eye  1:36

7.    In a Limerick Field 1:05

8.    Bait Ball      3:30

9.    The Trawler 1:47

10. The Deep Scattering Layer         2:52

11. Oceanography        1:05

12. Stingers       3:45

13. A Profile of the Dead        1:27

14. Bestiary in Open Tuning 4:12

15. In Late September the Dunes    1:42

16. The Linesman        1:18

17. The Cryptograph of the Dead     2:12

18. The Dark Theatre of Berlin        2:52

19. What the Executioner Means     4:18

20. Equation      1:40

21. Genealogy    2:32

22. Landing Lights       1:35

23. The Language of Bleak Averages          5:21

24. Eating Mussels      1:13

25. Scarfs          2:07

26. The Rain      2:34

27. Fly Agaric    3:47

28. Skywriting   2:47

29. Seeing Goats         2:23

30. Flying Low in a Minor Key         1:17

Running Time: 1 hour 13 minutes

Tracks 1 & 5 are from The Darkwood Aquarium (Penguin, 1983)

Tracks 2, 4, 7 & 21 are from Skinned by Light: Poems 1989-2002 (UQP, 2003)

Tracks 10, 13, 15, 17, 23 & 26 are from Sleep of a Learning Man (Giramondo, 2003)

Tracks 3, 8, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25 & 27 are from Bark (UQP, 2008)

Tracks 6, 9, 11, 16, 24, 28, 29 & 30 are uncollected.

Copyright Anthony Lawrence © 2011

Copyright River Road Press Pty Ltd © 2011

Cover Photograph by kind permission of Bill Slater.

CD Design by Judith Martinez at birdcreative

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board.