About Peter GoldsworthyPeter Goldsworthy (born 12 October 1951) is an Australian poet and writer. He has won major awards for his short stories, poetry, novels, and opera libretti. Goldsworthy began his writing life as a poet, as described in his 2013 comic memoir, His Stupid Boyhood, and regards poetic principles as the basis of all his writing. Goldsworthy's poetry has been widely published in the English-speaking world, from journals such as Poetry magazine and The London Review of Books to anthologies ranging from The Twentieth Century in Poetry to Roger McGough's recently edited Happy Poems. His New Selected Poems was published in Australia and the UK in 2001; and his Collected Stories appeared in Australia in 2004.
Goldsworthy has been described in A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry as one of the most skilled and satisfying poets in Australia, and by fellow Australian poet Les Murray as a poet of crystalline intelligence, but one who can move as well as shine.
His first novel Maestro was reissued as part of the Angus & Robertson Australian Classics series, and was voted one of the Top 40 Australian books of all time by members of the Australian Society of Authors. His 1995 novel Wish was also recently reissued in the Text Publishing Text Classics series. Three Dog Night won the 2004 FAW Christina Stead Award, and was longlisted for the Dublin/IMPAC prize. His first novel for ten years, Minotaur, was published in 2019.
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