Poetry Prize Awarded to Michael Lavers

Our very own Professor Michael Lavers has won The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize, 2016, for his poem "Your Father at Fourteen."

One of the judges said of Lavers's poem, "... every stanza felt fresh and engaging. . . . The poem also manages a form of poignancy in a subject field where sentimentality is a common pitfall, and takes chances with the narrative so as to create a form of suspense across its final stanzas, a suspense both literal and figurative."

The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures.

Read a copy of the poem in Temble here.