> This Floating World


Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Awards

Longlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

It is simply a privilege to read this elegant and graceful collection.
Judge's Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

I am not a great fan of the intensely lyrical, nor am I much of a Celtophile, so it is testament to Libby Hart's This Floating World that I found it so striking. Others have presented Ireland as ghost-haunted and watery but Hart's version of that seems entirely original. Her landscape is peopled by enigmatic loners, full of desire and suspicious of speech. Hart's pared-back diction, powerful metaphors and sense of atmosphere all combine to make this a gripping collection.
David McCooey, the Age Book of the Year Awards

This Floating World is more than rewarding; it is a collection of great generosity.
Michael Byrne, The Canberra Times

I sense that she would make a poem in whatever way was necessary, which makes for exciting reading.
Bonny Cassidy, Australian Poetry Journal

[Hart] is so connected, so utterly attuned to her environment, that it is enviable... What is really exceptional is how this local connection comes across as a universal connection.
Heather Taylor Johnson, Cordite Poetry Review

Instead of placing hazy, spiritual ideas upon nature, Hart finely balances the romantic and the realistic. She deals with the heaviest of themes—death, decay, loneliness, longing, and identity—with a lightness of touch, both enviable and admirable.
James Burgmann, Vulture Magazine

This Floating World
Five Islands Press, Melbourne, 2011
ISBN 9780734041999

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.