Brook Emery’s mode is enquiry, with a gentle insistence that enquiry matters. Fluent, occasionally epigrammatic, and showing a quiet humour, this is generous, open-minded poetry. As in previous collections Emery’s interest is in the intersections of the material, the spiritual and the rational. The poems are loosely addressed as letters to some implied correspondent, who might be real, the self or the unconscious.

While Collusion is metaphysical in intent, the poems keep up a habit of sharp and tactile observation – the abstract becomes sensuous, and the intellectual makes friends with the physical. Swinging between affirmation and uncertainty, they weigh up the beauty and losses of the natural and human worlds.


book reviews

Brook Emery's Collusion manages to combine equanimity and equivocation. Even as he wrestles with profound and complex questions, Emery retains a core of serenity....

From Ali Jane Smith, The Australian , February 9, 2013

Brook Emery’s previous book, the excellent Uncommon Light, explored with great subtlety and precision questionss which are usually considered to be the provenance of philosophers of the mind.....

From Martin Duwell, Australian Poetry Review , April 1, 2013

Brook Emery

Brook Emery lives near the surf in Sydney, where he was born in 1949. He has published three books of poetry, and dug my fingers in the sand (FIP, 2000), which won the Judith Wright Calanthe Prize in the Queensland Premier’s Awards, Misplaced Heart (FIP, 2003) and Uncommon Light (FIP, 2007). All three were short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize in the NSW Premier’s Awards. A former teacher, he directed the Australian Poetry Festival in 2008 and 2010 and was until recently Chairperson of the Poets Union.

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