Bent toward the thing (Seaford: Rosslyn Avenue Productions, 2012) (self-published)

Back cover comment by Robert Adamson:

In 1950, Wallace Stevens wrote: at a time in which questions of disbelief were so prevalent, that poetry and the arts had become a compensation for what had been lost. Mallarmé said something similar in 1864, except he thought that poetry itself would replace the need some of us have for religion. What to make of these questions now? I think one of the terrible problems of our day is that we don’t believe in anything at all. Anne Elvey’s ‘Bent toward the thing’ fills this abyss with deft, elegant thinking and a profound belief in both humanity and the existence of the human soul. I found this book a breath of fresh inspiration and enjoyed each poem as I turned the pages, like listening to music or singing. Elvey’s poetry is filled with ‘punctuations of light’ and has skies where ‘glory bursts with rosellas’. In the extraordinary poem ‘What is a soul?’, Elvey answers ‘the soul is a prayer’ and responds brilliantly to Mallarmé’s call for ‘pure’ poetry with a sparse Objectivist description, ‘a soul quivers/in the palm of your/voice’: the poem as we read it becomes the body’s temple.

Claimed by Country (Berry: PressPress, 2010)

Stolen Heath (Melbourne: Melbourne Poets Union, 2009)


“plural ecstatic”, in Australian Love Poems 2013, edited by Mark Tredinnick (Carlton South: Inkerman & Blunt, 2013), 256-57.

“Taking leave of no. 5”, in The Wombat Vedas: Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2011 (Newcastle: Hunter Writers Centre, 2011), 53-59

“A passenger from the childhood house” and “What is a soul?”, in The Best Australian Poems 2010, edited by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010), 60–63

“Writers’ Radio”, Radio Adelaide, October 2010: “At 114”; “Kananook”; “Our love”; “shore thoughts” (recorded Aug 2010)

“Listening at night”, “The little matter of light”, “The mortal utterance”, Eureka Street 23, no. 17 (2 September 2013)

To drag the saints back from heaven“, Meanjin 72, no 2 (Winter 2013): 47.

“white on white” and “Kelp’s crossing”, otoliths (May 2013)

This sound“, Rabbit 7: The Sound issue (Summer 2013): 17-18.

“Notes on writing a poem”, “‘as if the grain remembered…'”, “This time”, online literary and photography journal for women Winter 2012 (1 Dec 2012).

“The wind”, Verse online (Wednesday 28 November, 2012).

“Hair”, Rabbit 6: the AGE issue (Spring 2012): 31.

“Cuneiform tablet”, “Mary of Magdala”, “Mortal life”, Eureka Street 22, no. 2 (6 November 2012).

“Three poems”, otoliths (May 2012)

“Bayside Suburban”, Australian Book Review 339 (March 2012): 24

“Button”, “Receiving a Past”, “Sheet Music”, “Susurrus”, Eureka Street 22, 1 (January 23, 2012)

“Recycling the possible”, Cordite poetry review 35.0 (OzKo-Envoy) (2011)

“Do not shake the bridge”, Going Down Swinging 30 (2010): 128.

“A passenger from the childhood house”; “What is a soul?”; “Blue”, Eureka Street 20, 5 (March 16, 2010) .

“The day has ravens in it”, Nimrod International Journal 53, 2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 155.

“Night after work, Coburg”, Etchings 8 (2009): 177.

“Between” in The Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009) 61.

“a gasp in the breath of”, Blue Dog 8, 16 (December 2009): 12.

“Spilt milk”; “Crossing the bay from Rangitoto”, Hecate 35, 1/2 (2009): 304.

“Saturation” Island 118 (Spring 2009): 99

“Something gentle enters the sea” Westerly 54, 1 (2009): 193.

Between” and “CloudsCordite poetry review 30 (2009):

“Crisp Air”, Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia (May 2009): 20.

“Tinnitus” Going Down Swinging 28 (2009): 27

“Love’s ghost” and “Paperbark, Ashgrove”, Mascara Literary Review 5 (June 2009)

“Consummations”, “gd: being neither god nor ground nor good”, and “désistance”, Eureka Street vol 19, no 10 (May 26, 2009)

“Woolshed Falls” Antipodes 22, 2 (December 2008): 109.

lamentation” and “Post-colonial”, Cordite poetry review 29 (2008),

“Putting on your boots”, highly commended in the Max Harris Poetry Award 2008.

“Christmas Holidays at Home” and “Cinders” Page Seventeen 6 (2008): 7 & 164. “Christmas Holidays at Home” placed first in the Page Seventeen Poetry competition 2008.

“a finite catalogue of self” Meanjin vol 67 no 4 (2008): 220.

“The Sower” Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia 105 (Nov 2008):13.

PentecostEureka Street vol 18 no 11 (2008)

“If there is a heaven …” Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia 103 (May 2008): 16.

“Claimed by Country V and VI”, “Pledges of Grace”, “Paperbark”, “When Language Fails”, PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature 5 (2008): 83–87.

“Haunting”; “Claimed by Country I – IV” (series), PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature 4 (2007):118–22.

“Torquay Cliffs”; “Coming into Town from Holy Thursday to Ash Wednesday”; “Eucharist”, Eureka Street 14 November 2006

“Falling into Grace”, Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia 94 (Feb 2006): 11.

“Echo of Bells (or Elijah Speaks in my Kitchen)”, Salt-lick Quarterly (Winter 2003): 33.

“And the couch grass whispered no…”, Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia 83 (May 2003): 7.