Shorlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
Named one of the Books of the Year for the Australian Book Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald
"Drawing upon fable, myth and on the mystery and wonder of the natural world, Libby Hart’s poetry takes the reader into astonishing and beguiling territory. She is able to reveal relationships and realities that for most of us are hidden and beyond our ability to describe. Her language is seductive, questing; her vision is daring. She writes with a lyrical fecundity few can match. I love these [Wild] poems for the way in which they embellish each other and keep faith with their convictions. These are poems I will be returning to again and again."
"Wild is a bestiary, a book of wonders, and what’s always apparent is the poet’s excitement at life itself. Hart possesses a wonderful lyric sensibility; her writing is as generous about the body as the wider world ... Crucially, she is attuned to the sonic possibilities of her poems."
"There’s a salty, tangible quality to Wild: to read it is to be swept up into a world of sea and wind and air, of birds in flight. But in a language that is both precise and rich, Libby Hart also finds words for intangibles like loss and soul. ‘When tidings fall from his mouth I breathe anew,’ she writes: similarly, reading this collection, you’ll find yourself ‘breathing anew’, immersed in the beautiful and extraordinary landscape of these poems."
"Libby Hart’s language is learned and robust. In her engagement with the natural world, she speaks in a secure idiom, as if the words had endured for generations, almost as long as the landscape itself ... While the language of Wild has the polished quality of an ancestral heirloom, it’s also a delicate instrument and it can record that volatile zone where our meanings coalesce and dissolve ... The wonder that sustains these poems cannot be fabricated; they attest—yet again—to our continuing fascination with the natural world."
Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney, 2014