All poetry is story telling – an exchange between writer and reader – a meeting place – an invitation to another’s experience, history, standpoint, insight, commentary.—Jeanine Leane, Judith Beveridge.


Best of Australian Poems is a new annual anthology series collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was. Capturing the richness and diversity of Australian poetry, the series, now in its second year, will also explore how poetic responses to the contemporary moment develop.


The book opens with an introduction by its 2022 editors, multiple award-winning and highly respected poets and editors, Jeanine Leane and Judith Beveridge. Alongside each being prominent poets in their own rights, both Leane, a Wiradjuri First Nations poet, and Beveridge have extensive experience as poetry teachers, academics and poetry anthologists previously.


The Best of Australian Poems (BoAP) series is published by Australia’s national poetry organisation, Australian Poetry, and features two different guest editors each year, to amplify the range of voices selected. It is funded by Creative Victoria, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and individual patrons.



ISBN: 978-0-9923189-3-2  / Page length: 220 pp  / Pub date, 1 December 2022
Series Publisher: Australian Poetry
Guest Editors: Jeanine Leane, Judith Beveridge
BoAP 2022 Editorial: Jacinta Le Plastrier (Publisher), Adalya Nash Hussein & Jennifer Nguyen (Editorial Associates)
Cover and design by Sophie Gaur.


Please see sales and shipping options below:


For Australian bookshop orders, ask your local or favourite bookstore to order in if they do not currently have stock. Many bookshops have ordered it. It is being distributed to bookstores by New South.


The book is also available via many online booksellers, including Australian and overseas platforms.


For sales to CURRENT Australian Poetry Subscribers, who each receive a substantial discount on the book, please email AP directly at:


Jacinta or Jen will then send on EFT details and will post the book when payment is received.


The book is usually $35 (RRP) plus postage. AP Subscribers (Australian based) pay $29.95 per copy and receive free shipping. AP Subscribers (International) pay $39.95 per copy, to offset higher shipping costs for AP.