Decadence

Thuy On

Funny, clever and keenly observed, Decadence is a profound musing on literature and language, that deftly skewers the would-be gatekeepers of verse. With this second collection, Thuy On has cemented herself as a vibrant, unique and captivating new voice in Australian poetry. – MAXINE BENEBA CLARKE

In Decadence, Thuy On indulges in her love of language, assembling a unique erotics of word and punctuation, showcasing a poetry that is pure—in being about itself—but also powerfully seductive. As the poet herself puts it, this is ‘art laid bare’, performing how language works as language but also as a window onto those dark, human mysteries of being and feeling. Indeed, if On builds such a brilliantly decadent mansion out of poetry, exploiting striking imagery and playful wit, it is ultimately to provide a kind of refuge, ‘lest the cave of night swallows you.’ – MARIA TAKOLANDER

Thuy On’s poems are always wry, epicurean and defiant, and this book underlines her unique place in Australian poetry. Literate yet disarmingly unpretentious, wildly playful yet leavened with complex feeling, Decadence is a surreptitious delight. – ANDY JACKSON

Thuy On’s Decadence is a thrilling and wry evisceration of poetry gatekeeping on this continent.

- Stella prize judges 2023

Author interview
Awards
Shortlisted for the 2023 Stella prize
Release
Jul-2022
ISBN
9781760802233
RRP (AUD)
$24.99
Pages
100
Format
Paperback
Category
Poetry

Thuy On

Thuy On is an arts journalist, editor, critic, and poet. She’s currently Reviews Editor and writer for online publication, ArtsHub. Turbulence (UWAP 2020) was her debut collection of poetry. Decadence, her second collection, was published by UWAP in 2022 and longlisted for the Stella Prize in 2023.

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Decadence
Rights
World ex ANZ
Contact
Kate Pickard
Email
Website
uwap.com.au