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Belief (Flying Islands, 2019)
Getting By Not Fitting In (Island, 2016)
El Asombrado (Rochford St, 2015 in Spanish & English)
Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013)
Barking Wings (PressPress, 2012)
Shadows of the Read (Krok, 2011 in Ukrainian & English)
The Ambrosiacs (Island, 2009)
Stories of the Feet (Five Islands, 2004)
Appetites of Light (PressPress, 2002)
The Ways of Waves (SideWaLK, 2000)
Nitty Gritty (Five Islands Press, 1997)
Tickle (Island, 1993)
Cannibals (Rochford St Press, 1985)
The Vanguard Sleeps In (Glandular Press, 1981)
…Belief displays an accomplished elder statesman of Australian poetry laying out with disarming agreeableness some of the fundamental questions of the near future. Often playful, sometimes circular, always self-aware in an optimistic rather than despairing way…Lucas Smith Plumwood Mountain
…because his eye is withering and direct, Wicks gives his subjects a dignity and specificity that many a contemporary Australian novelist would envy. Adam Aitken. Communion
Wicks’ Belief is a major contribution to Australian poetry, and an important commentary on contemporary being. …strong and brave, gentle, angry and broken. It tells the truth. Judith Nangala Crispin Verity La
Iconoclastic, irreverent, but always vigorous and compelling Margaret Bradstock
an elaborate mosaic where the tiles are words; paradoxes, satire and the vernacular adorn the pages of this beautifully crafted book. Beatriz Copello
Getting By Not Fitting In
self-aware, debonair, generous, weary, even despondent, yet never despairing. Dominique Hecq
possesses the same Wickensian kaleidoscopic concision, wit and dexterity Carol Jenkins
While such juxtaposition is disquieting, it is also deeply human: this is Wicks’ truest touch. David Thomas Henry Wright
Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience)
...the mixture of prawn-on-the-barbie, stale beer and thongs suburban, with a sophisticated lyricism and openness to nature... harvesting poetic truffles; line after line seems to have arrived entire. John Watson, Southerly
... an odyssey buoyed by hope and reckless humour. Rebecca Kylie Law, Rochford St Review
…is determined to take the reader on a dive beneath. It took me on a voyage which I found bracing and stimulating at the same time as it did not turn away from the discomforting reality of the costs our lives inflict on our futures. Rae Desmond Jones
Les Wicks has a capacity to invest ordinary truisms with moral and metaphysical nuances…these are tip-of-the-iceberg poems – a surface you can see and admire, but with hidden depths that are both wonderful and disturbing. David Gilbey, ABC Radio
Wicks works his ideas through images rather than argument. The poems are visceral; each shaped towards an emotional experience. John Upton, Mascara
...cheeky, wry, slightly errant and wayward, sometimes perverse or wicked... Paul Cliff
...image piled up on image, words and sounds crashing to together and, even when we can see ‘blue sky’ for a few lines, we are always aware that another surprise is only a line break away. Mark Roberts Rochford St Review
Wicks’ The Ambrosiacs visual and tonal senses, shown through a series of relentless escapes and endscapes, create a striking depiction of the poet’s perceptions and observations. Matthew Hall Cordite
…acutely observant, bitingly satirical and as unfailingly generous as ever. Ralph Wessman Famous Reporter
…an inspired elegy to human suffering and loss, dark and morose at times yet engaging and full of life. Julie Waugh, Five Bells
…intense, quite relentless, often dark and pessimistic. But this of course is not the whole story, for within these pages are striking moments of grace, awareness, acceptance, restitution… joanne burns
...the poetry is firmly anchored in the recognisably here and now of the material world, craftily exploiting tensions between the natural world and the depredations of short-sighted materialism and consumerism. Cliff Forshaw
Stories of the Feet
We need a book like this once in a while to remind ourselves that poets document contemporary society in a way that social scientists never will. With Stories of the Feet, Les Wicks focuses his rearview mirror on us. Rob Walker, Cordite
Les is your tour guide to the real Australia, a land of Emus and Kangaroos indeed, also a land of dead bodies covered in sheets, or cold nights thumbing rides along deserted highways… Another fabulous book, from a great poet. Paul Gilbert, Above Ground Testing (Can)
Wicks’ penetrating gaze does indeed illuminate his Australian landscape; it is a gaze that makes the reader realise just how much is missed in the rush and bustle of everyday living. Glenda Guest, Artlook
This is a compact collection of narrative poems which covers an immeasurable distance in places and human nature. Ray Carmichael, Studio
…use of the Australian landscape in different ways means that Wicks celebrates the Australian landscape without being a landscape poet. Wicks moves nimbly through difference in style, from the linguistically simple to the complex, with the same ease that he shifts from the creation of settings to the use of identified locations to explore the nature of the different characters who inhabit his poems. Helen Young, Philament
…full of humour and dignity in the face of sheer survival. jeltje, Five Bells
inclusive Oliver Dennis, Island
An honest and insightful attempt to see beyond subterfuge… Ralph Wessman, Famous Reporter
Appetites of Light
Wicks lights the desires, ideas, acceptance & epiphanies of his everyday Australian protagonists in a… rich, impressionistic, resonant way. Christine Ferrari
…a fresh, strong, humanistic voice… Patricia Prime, Stylus
...summer through a sharply focused lens, a sudden wit and quick shifts of tone and mood. ...he is chameleon, restless, full of questions, refusing to be pinned down. Happily moving here & there, amused, bemused, shaking his head in disbelief, belief, in love with it all. Brook Emery
…a ‘passing show’ commentary on our beach culture…Helen Horton, Imago
encapsulates Australian beach culture….poems so bright you need Ray Bans. Smell the briny & the blockout; feel the salt in your hair, the sand in your socks… Mark O’Flynn, Famous Reporter
…this is very clever poetry…Gloria B Yates, Social Alternatives
speaks out of the agora, not just from the top of Mt Parnassus Joanne Burns
varied, nimble, humane, wry & well timed Jennifer Maiden
wit & sparkle, the clever playfulness....warmth & compassion Tim Thorne FR
The portraits & voices of office workers, school boys & weary parents are hard & accurate. Carolyn Tetaz Cordite
Wizard of Wastelands Bev Braune ABR
....assembles an amazing cast of people in recognisable often dark places. With fine detail, their domestic & working lives are brilliantly portrayed. Anthony Lawrence
In Australia, dramatic narratives, in a variety of styles, still have a vitality that at least matches, perhaps outshines what other English poetries can show…[“Two Ghosts…”] with its oral manner, builds up an eerie tension… Christopher Pollnitz , Ulitarra
atmospheres of ratbaggery Sydney Morning Herald
grittiness the Age
personal & engaging, accessible & immediate Warwick Wynne, Australian Book Review
irony comes alive Pamela Brown
poetry in 3d leaving ‘grit under our fingernails.‘ Danny Gardner
Les' poetry has the romantic sneer of experience entrenched.... duck ponds & screaming traffic Grant Caldwell
marvellous humour, deft satire & the comfort of remembering Silvana Gardner, Imago
reveals contemporary issues with a biting irony Bruce Copping, Newcastle Herald
What was it like to live now? Read Wicks, Brown, Bolton, Henry, Caldwell, Beach, Lysenko. Kevin Brophy
a harder voice Tom Thompson, National Times
…induces a love/hate suspension about the city Inprint
…good poetry… pifmagazine (US)
…one of the great Australian Performance poets Steve Smart
Readings/presentations/performance of works go into the many hundreds but include: several Sydney Festivals, several Sydney Writers’ Festivals including 2013, 2011 to date member Harbour City Poets. Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Qld Poetry Festival, Overload, Art Gallery NSW, Harold Park Hotel, Kinselas, Sydney/Macquarie/Charles Sturt Unis, Martin Place, Long Bay Gaol, Montsalvat, Parliament House (NSW), National Poetry Centre (London), NSW Writers’ Centre, Byron Writers Festival, State Library NSW Literary Weekend, CBC (Can), Colombia Television, Fiptr.com (Can), Radio National, 2BL, 2NC, 2UE, 2GB, 2JJJ, 2RES, 2SER, Writers' Radio, Dan O’Connell, Australian Made Poetry, Regional ABC (Riverina, Nth Coast & Broken Hill), Australian Poetry Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, Newcastle Writers Festival, Noosa Long Weekend, Shoalhaven Poetry Festival, Contemporary Australian Fiction Festival, Broken Hill Poetry Festival.
Tours: - 2019 Newcastle Canberra Melbourne Perth & Chengdu Int Poetry Week
- 2018 Kerala Literature Festival, Chair Poetry Evenings Kolkata
- 2016 Vilenica Int Lit Fest, Kosovo Int. Poe. Fest., Bellingen R&W Fest.
- 2015 Festival de Poesia de Nicaragua & Istanbul International Poetry Festival
- 2014 World Poetry Festival Delhi, Austin International Poetry Festival,
Beyond Baroque (LA) & Struga Poetry Evenings.
- 2013 International Poetry Festival Medellin
- 2011 International Literary Festival, Lviv, Ukraine
- 2009 12000km book programme Adelaïde, Perth, Newcastle, West NSW
- Festival International de la Poesie 2006 Quebec
- South Coast WC workshopping project 2005
- Book tour – Melb., Wagga, Tumbarumba, Broken Hill 2004
- Litlink Tour - SW & Central West NSW 2000
- Poets on Wheels - Nth NSW 2000
Writer in Residence: - KSP Established WIR, FAWWA Established W-I-R, Tasmania Writers’ Centre, Broken Hill, Booranga Writers Centre. Commitment: professionalism, treat the audience with respect. Commitment: professionalism, treat the audience with respect.
TUITION \ WORKSHOPS
The Plan to be Published & Intense templates would rate amongst the best known poetry workshops in Australia.
Previous host venues include State Library NSW, Dover Heights TAFE, Sydney Festival, Long Bay Gaol, schools, NSW Writers' Centre, Booranga Writers Centre, CSU – Bathurst & Wagga, ECU, SCU, Nth RiversWC, Broken Hill Regional WC, Tas WC, SCWC, SAWC, Words out West, FAWWA, Australian Poetry, NWF & KSP.
Offers workshops featuring a no frills, practical guide to getting published in the context of a supportive group environment. This template has worked most effectively. Workshops are usually followed up by an issue of Australian Poetry Collaboration http://meusepress.tripod.com/apc.htm. This publicises both the host & the writers participating.
Includes: Oceania rep World Poetry Movement, To End All Wars, Rovers series, Guide to Sydney Rivers, Ambassador 1 over the 8th (Ind), AU/UA: Contemporary Poetry of Ukraine and Australia (Krok, 2011 UA), From this Broken Hill (Meuse, 2010), Guide to Sydney Beaches (Meuse, 2009). 2000 -2008 co-organiser Poets on Wheels. 2002 Heritage Light including publishing a poem on the surface of a river. 1998-2003 Written in Sand Project. 1999-2000 Hobo. 1993-2016 director of Island Press. 1992-1999 Artransit Project. 1985 Musicians Union Band Guide. 1984-1997 to Sen Industrial Officer Musicians Union & MEAA. 1990-93 Sec. NSWALP Communications & Leisure Policy Committee. 1977-1981 Meuse Magazine, supplements & anthologies. Part of Poets Union (NSW) original steering committee, Jnt Sec./Treas. (1979-80), Fed Secretary 1983.
Won or judged numerous prizes in Australia & elsewhere.
PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS ETC.
1 over the 8th (In), &, Above Ground Testing (Ca), Absinthe Literary Review (US), Access, Afternoon (US), the Age, Alcubi Journal (US), Animist, Antipodean SF, Antipodes (US), Arena (Vic), Arena (Mac. Uni), Ars Poetica, Artlook, Artransit, Artshub, Artsrush, Ascent (Ca), Australian, Australian Latino Press, Australian Poetry Journal, Australian Reader, Australian Schools English Competition, The Australian’s Review of Books, Australia Times, Avant Garde Times (Can), Backstory, Bardflies, Barnwood (US), Benzine (US), Between These Shores (UK), Big Bang, Big Bridge (US), Blast, Blowback, Blue & Yellow Dog (US), Blue Dog, Blue Giraffe, Blue Nib, Blue Pencil (US), Blue Pepper, Bonfire (UK), Broadkill Review (US), Bukker Tillibul, Bumf, Canberra Times, Catalyst (NZ), Centoria, Cha (HKSAR), Chaos Theory (US), Cherry Bleeds (US), China Business Daily (Ch), Circulo de Poesia (Mx), Compass, Coffee Connection (UK), Colours (US), Communion (Au), Communion (US), Concelebratory Shoehorn Review (US), Conspire (US), Contemporary Literary Review (Ind), Contrapasso, Coppertales, Cordite, Cottonmouth, Crack the Spine (US), Crannog (Ei), Crosslines, Crux, Divan, Dot Dot Dash, Eclecticism, Ecopoetics (US), Elixir (YE), Elves, Enchanting Verses (Ind), Essential Poetry, Eureka St, Eye Socket Journal (US), Eye to the Telescope 2 (US), Famous Reporter, Fekt (Ko), festivaldepoesiademedellin.org (Co), $5 Freedom, Five Bells, foam:e, Forgetting is so Long, Four W, Free Xpression, Fulcrum (US), Full of Crow (US), Funny Poets, Gangway(Austria), Gargouille, Going Down Swinging, Gold Dust (UK), Grapple, Gravity (US), Great Works (UK), Grepoetry (US), Grey Sparrow (US), Hatbox, Heartland, Heritage Light, Hermes, Hobo, Holland 1945, Homebrew, Hotchpotch, Idiom 23, Image, Imago, the Implosion (US), Indigo Rising (UK), Inklings, Inprint, Inquirer (Ph), InsomAniac, Int Human Rights Arts Festival (US), Island, Ixion (UK), Jack (US), Jacket, Juked (US), Kangaroo, Ken*again (US), Killing the Angel (US), Kurungabaa, Landscapes, Leaves, Les Reves des Notre Ours (US), Linq, Locus Non Consequensia, loop (US), Lifted Brow, Lip service Journal (US), Liquid Imagination (US), Lite Lit One, Lone Star Magazine (US), Lost &Found Quarterly (US), m.a.g. (US), Makar, Make Your Mark, Mandible (US), Mannequin House (US), Mary, Mascara, Mattoid, Meanjin, Meatloaf (US), Meniscus, Meuse, Melaleuca, Melic Review (US), Meniscus, Micropress Yates, Midwest Coast Review (US), Misfits Miscellany (US), Moria (US), Moveable Type, Narrator, Nepean Review, New England Review, Newcastle Herald, Newswrite, Nod (Can), Northern Perspectives, nthposition (UK), Numbat, Offset, onepoem.org (Ukr), Other Terrain, Otoliths, Over the Bridge, Overland, Overlandexpress, OZpoet, P76, Page 17, Panic Attack (Can), Pash Capsule, Passing Show, Peepshow (UK), Perspective (US), Petrichor Review (US), Picton Grange ¼ Review, Pifmagazine (US), Perfect Diary, Petrichor Review (US), Pixel Papers, Plumwood Mountain, Poem & Dish, Poem Box (US), Poem Niederngasse (Sw), Poesia, Poetas Siglo (Sp), Poetry at Sangam (IN), Poetry Book Club of Australia, Poetry Downunder, Poetryespresso, PoetryMagazine.com (US), Poetry Matters, Poetry Monash, Poetry Pacific (Ca), Polestar, Pool, Positive Words, Post Colonial Text (Fr), Predator of the Marvellous, Pressed, Pretty Owl (US), Private (It), Prospect, psychic meatloaf (US), Quadrant, Queen Anne’s Revenge (US), Quill & Ink (Ind), Real 8 View (US), Reality X (US), Red Room, Redoubt, Regime, Remixt (US), Retreats From Oblivion (US), Revue Brèves Littéraire (Ca), Right Hand Pointing (US), Right Now, Ripples, Riverrun, Road of Shadows (US), Rochford Review, Rust & Moth (US), Salt Lick Quarterly, Scarp, SCOPP, Shades & Reflections (US), Shampoo (US), Short & Twisted, Sidewalk, Siirden (Sk), Silenced Press (US), Six Seasons Review (BD), Sketch, Slipstream (US), Small Packages, Smorgasbord (US), Snorkel (NZ), Social Alternatives, Softblow (Si), Something Else, Southerly, Southern Ocean Review (NZ), Spindrift, Springfield Gazette, Squidink, , Stand (UK ),Stone Path Review (US), Stylus, Sugar Mule (US), Swyntax, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Mosaic, Takahe (NZ), Tam Tam (Italy, in translation), Tamba, Tears in the Fence (UK), Text, Tharunka, The Disappearing, The Last Real Poetry, The Stone Hobo (US), The Tablet, The Write Angle, Theory of Everything, Thirst, Thunkbook (Tw), Thylazine, Tincture, Tinfish (US), Toasted Cheese (US), Tweed, Typehouse (US), Uluslararasi (Tk), Union Recorder, Unusual Work, Vehicle, Vernacular, verb-ate-him, Verge,Verity La, Verse Land, Verso, Voice (US), Vsesvit Review of World Literature(Ukr), Wandering Dog (UK), Westerly, Wild(US), Windmills, Winning Writers (US), Wonder Book, Woorilla, Word is Out, Word Salad (US), Writ, Write Angle, Written in Sand, Your Friendly Fascist, yuryzavadsky (Ukr, in trans).
Anthologies: A Poet’s Journey into Spin, Anthology of the Illawarra, Antipodes, Ashbery Mode, Between These Shores (UK), Beyond Borders (In), Contemporary Australian Poetry, Australian Love Poems, Australian Poetry Anthology, Australian Poets for Peace, AU/UA Contemporary Poetry of Ukraine & Australia (Ua & Au), Best Australian Poems, Billabong (Pol), Can I tell you a Secret?, Cao Tang (CH),Capitals (In), Caring for Country, Chair Poetry Series, Dan Anthology 2017, Desde Hong Kong, Earth Against Heaven , Extraterrestrial Life (Ro), Falling angels (Cordite), Feministabul Anthology (TK), First Australian Haiku Anthology, Foliate Oak (US), Freshwater, from this Broken Hill, Golden Wings (In), Great American Poetry Show Vol2 (US), Guide to Sydney Beaches, Guide to Sydney Rivers, Hidden Hands, Light on Don Bank, Lviv International Literature Festival Almanac (Ukr), Metabolism, Mood Lightning, Moving Out Moving On, Notes for Translators (Ch), Ocarina Anthology (India), One Minute To Midnight, Open Boat - Barbed Wire, Other Voices International Project (US), Notes for the Translator, Poems in Perspex: Max Harris Poetry Award 2007, Poetry & Place, Poetry from 5 Continents (Mk), Poetry in Multicultural Oceania (NZ), Poets Choice (several years), Poets in the Forest, Revista de Poesia Prometeo (Co), Sand in our Souls – the Beach in Australian Culture & History, Semaphore Dancing (PITP, 2009), Social Images 1891-1991,Sunlines, Ten Years Live, Teratoid, The Argument from Desire, The Attitude of Cups, The Greenhouse, The Selected Your Friendly Fascist, The Stars Like Sand, Thylazine, To End All Wars , Tree Stone Sky Stream (Ch), Turnstiles Review (US), 25 Australian Poets (Ca), UN Dialogue Among Civilisations Through Poetry, Unexpected Visitor, Universal Oneness (In), Vilenica Almanac (Sl), Version (Ru), Wombats of Bundanon – 20 Australian Poets (Ch), Work by Australian Poets, World English Poetry (Bd), Writing the Pacific (Fi), Writing to the Wire.
Last update March 2020