Peter Boyle


Peter Boyle is an Australian poet living in Sydney.

His first three collections of poetry Coming home from the world (1994), The Blue Cloud of Crying (1997), and What the painter saw in our faces (2001) have received several awards including the New South Wales Premier's Award, the South Australian Festival award and the National Book Council Award.

His latest collection of poetry is Museum of Space, published in 2004 by University of Queensland Press .


He has read his poetry at several festivals including International poetry week, Caracas (2004), the Medellín International Poetry Festival (1997), and the Festival de Poésie anglo-français, Paris (1999).

His poems have been published in such magazines as slope, Verse, Jubilat and Three Candles in the USA , Heat, Island, Southerly, Salt, Overland ( Australia ), Poetry Review and Shearsman (UK).

His poetry has appeared in translation in La traductière and Poésie / Première (France), Prometeo and Revista Casa de Silva ( Colombia ), Hoja Verde ( Chile ) and Alhucema ( Spain ).

His translations of French and Spanish poetry have appeared in such reviews as American Poetry Review and Jubilat.

A selection of his translations of César Vallejo, I am going to speak of hope, was published in 1999 by the Peruvian Consulate, Sydney.


In 2004 a collection of his translations The Trees: selected poems 1967 2004 by Eugenio Montejo was published by Saltpublishing (UK).

This is the first bilingual edition of the poetry of Eugenio Montejo and represents more than six years work in the translation of Eugenio Montejo's poetry.


As an editor of anthologies of Australian poetry, Boyle has been co-editor of Midday Horizon (Roundtable, 1996), Time's Collision with the Tongue (FIP, 2001) and Australia Poesia Contemporanea (Trilce editores, 1997).


Peter Boyle was born in Melbourne in 1951 and has lived most of his life in Sydney where he works as a teacher.
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