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Middle Park Library - Survey

The Middle Park Library is to be refocused as a creative working space, in response to the evolving role of libraries!


...poetry and plays


Book cover: Children's poetry

Children's Australian poetry 

Book cover: Contemporary Australian poetry

Contemporary Australian poetry  

Poetry anthologies

Poetry anthologies  

Book cover: Poetry classics

Poetry classics  

Great US poetry

Great U.S. poetry   

An Australian tradition

An Australian tradition   


Online poetry journals


  • Australian Poetry - launched in 2011 as a merger between the Australian Poetry Centre and Poets Union. It is based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Cordite Poetry Review - an online journal of Australian poetry and poetics, dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world and aims to mobilise the potential of the immortal phrase “words are bullets” by promoting irreverent and experimental poetics
  • foam:e - a place for discussion, ideas and literature to forment
  • Long Paddock - the on-line component of Southerly, Australia’s oldest and (still) premier journal of Australian Literature and new Australian writing
  • Otoliths - contains a variety of what can be loosely described as e-things, that is, anything that can be translated (visually at this stage) to an electronic platform
  • When pressed - documents the merging and shifting modalities of poetic practice


  • Jacket 2 - offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics


(hover over the poem to pause or see the stationary version here.)

The Big Rolling Poem was written by the people inhabiting St Kilda Library (public and staff) during Australian Poetry Week (2-9 September). The poem was written on a large roll of paper which unwound as lines were added. We used up about 15 metres of the roll. The poem was open at all times for anyone to contribute a line or add illustrations. The poem displayed here has been transcribed without editing. Best efforts have been made to faithfully reproduce accompanying images and their placement within the roll. Interested in reading some more poetry? Get on the catalogue and check out what we have in our collection!

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