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Andrew Taylor is the author of more than sixteen books of poems, the libretti of two operas, numerous essays, a pioneering study of Australian poetry, and translations from German and Italian. He has taught at universities in Australia, Germany and China and since leaving Perth in 2014 divides his time between Sydney and Wiesbaden in Germany.


  • Reflecting a life spread across two continents, Impossible Preludes continues Taylor’s restless probing of the contradictions of life and language. Here are love poems, poems about language and silence, an elegy for a cat, and an interview with a querulous mathematician, as well as poems dealing with the cruelties of contemporary world politics, ageing, and delight in nature. Once again, the collection shows the stimulating range of tone and style that has been a hallmark of all his poetry.

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