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The Human Project
Author: Martin Langford

ISBN: 9781921450211
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 1 September 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8
This collection places Langford's work in a substantially new light - judicious, and in some cases significantly rewritten selections from his previous five books as well as a book-length selection of new poems make the case for a major poet in mid-career. The Human Project gives readers an opportunity to follow the trajectory of Langford's poetry, which considers our experience in the face of what he sees as the hierarchical instinct of our biological inheritance. As well as meditations on the strangeness and fragility of the idea of the human, there are poems on the environment, on literature, and on contemporary Australian life. "At a time when poetry too often seems uninterested in hard truths, Langford is not afraid to confront the everyday evils of "the human project." Here is a book with the courage of its convictions, and here is a poet who convinces us that poetry matters." - Peter Kirkpatrick "Langford's is a restless, humane imagination, thinking furiously, especially at the edges. These sharpnesses constitute the ars poetica of not being scared. There is, after all, plenty that is terrifying in the world: cruelties and vanishings of both...

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