Bishop’s attentive poetic gaze unfailingly reveals the luminous. In Interval, her poems – many addressed to a lover, or to children – explore intimacy, solitude and the ‘chemical mess’ of human love. As Carl Phillips said of Event, ‘These are splendid poems indeed, whose intelligence, vision, and sheer beauty at every turn persuade.’
About the Author
Judith Bishop was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in the United States and Britain. Her poems have won a number of awards, including the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, an American Academy of Poets University prize and a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. She is the author of one collection and two chapbooks: Event (Salt Publishing, 2007), which won the FAW Anne Elder award and was shortlisted for the CJ Dennis Prize, the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the ASAL Mary Gilmore Prize; Alice Missing in Wonderland and other poems (Picaro Press, 2008), and Aftermarks (Vagabond Press, 2012).
Her translations from French (Philippe Jaccottet, Gérard Macé) have been published in Australian and international journals. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, an MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MPhil in European Literature from the University of Cambridge. She is Director of Linguistic Services at Appen and lives with her family in Melbourne.
PRAISE FOR INTERVAL
'In the beauty of birth is the muteness of our existence on a planet we're destroying, and this paradox drives the book in a committed and deeply intelligent way.'--John Kinsella
'Interval is a supple exploration of consciousness and an acknowledgement of the mysterious space-time matrix from which change and growth arise. Judith Bishop takes us on a philosophical, singing search guided by human love, 'its joyous countenance of now'. These intellectually and linguistically graceful poems reach outward to the universe from their grounding in the everyday things of the earth - child and parent, artefact, ant, beetle, leaf and molecule - as they slip away and are replenished.' --Jan Owen
'Judith Bishop's interval is a space of vigilance and transformation, the bridge between I and Thou. Her antic, ontic lyrics sing of trusting--even trysting--this implacable world.' --Andrew Zawacki
'Introducing philosophic concerns in a contemporary voice recalling poets like Judith Wright and Gwen Harwood, 'Interval' ranges over many subjects, from Greek myth to Mallarme to a fault line in the human universe where 'The Wild Has No Words'. 'Interval' invites the reader's attention into a complex depth under the surface, gathering light into a form where 'as if meeting -- souls, the dearest sort -- / were the lightest touch / a mind's lips upon the/ other mind's / like this'. Bishop offers readers pleasure with a blending of images, ideas and music conducted by a powerful vision.' - Robert Adamson