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
"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."
"I sense that she would make a poem in whatever way was necessary, which makes for exciting reading."
"This Floating World is more than rewarding; it is a collection of great generosity."
"[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
This Floating World
Five Islands Press, Melbourne, 2011