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The Bee Hut

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Dorothy Porter's posthumous book of poems, written over the last five years of her life.
Paperback, 146 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Black Inc (first published 2009)
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L.E. Truscott
Jun 04, 2016 L.E. Truscott rated it liked it
I've previously reviewed poetry – some books, some poets – en masse but they were books and poets that I knew and loved. This is the first time I have chosen to read and review a book of poetry by a poet and with poems I’m not familiar with. Reading poetry can be very hit and miss. Something that speaks in whispers to one person might speak to another in a scream or not speak to them at all. For the most part, this book was like a recording that needed the volume turned up. Sometimes I could ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Sonia rated it liked it
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I quietly debated if I should write about a poetry collection. I am a novice when it comes to poetry reading but I know what I like. I have a love-hate relationship with poetry. I get frustrated with poets who seem to go to great lengths to make their poetry incomprehensible to anyone but themselves. There is poetry I would love to learn to understand such as David Malouf’s poems but he alludes me for the time being. His novels
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
This is the first book of poetry that I've ever read as an adult. Well unless you count Yertle the Turtle, and The Lorax. But then most people probably won't. I'm not a poetry reader, it must be said. I don't understand it. I don't see the point of it a lot of the time, and I don't think I'm capable of changing. I realise that the fault is mine and not the poets, but I don't think I'm up to it. Still, I did enjoy the act of reading this book. I'm glad I read it. I don't know that I learnt ...more
Our Library Mornington
Jan 19, 2011 Our Library Mornington rated it it was amazing
Shelves: we-recommend
Dorothy Porter a well known Melbourne writer and poet died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. This collection of her poems was written during her last two years while she mixed period of stay at the Mercy Hospital with a last travel overseas to some of her favourite places in the Mediterranean and the middle east.

In all her published work Dot was a gritty and formidable writer who faced life’s central issues unflinchingly. Each of her final poems are like diamonds of the most brutal simpli
Jan 27, 2014 Sasha rated it it was ok
Modern Australian poet. Focus on mortality. Not surprising given it was written between diagnosis and treatment for cancer(successful) and her death 5 years later. I have to admit I am not a fan of most modern poetry and this is not an exception. I pity the kids who have it as a school text. Many references to classical poets , which I feel cannot be appreciated without also reading their work (Keats, Blake, Wordsworth to name a few).
I some times got the impression that the occasional profanity
Aug 31, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to launch this book at the Melbourne Writers Festival. In my speech I called the poems 'Incandescent with and vitality so intense, so stubborn, and so erotic in the broadest sense of the word that the lines almost quiver on the page... The sense of danger embedded in joy and freedom, the almost carnal temptation of risk is a theme that runs through a number of these poems including the one that gives its name to the collection.' Vale Dot. We miss you.
Oct 21, 2009 Romy rated it liked it
The bee hut poem itself is my favourite. Its simplicity, believability or just the feeling that it is a little window on life is appealing. Some of the poems are just litle clever and contrived for me.
Feb 12, 2016 Rowan rated it it was amazing
The minimalistic prose of Porter's poetry packs immense power. A beautiful collection for fans of free-verse tackling the dim themes of mortality and dying with vibrant, witty and sometimes humorous prose.
Dec 13, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I enjoyed the poetry in this book. Some sections I preferred more than others. I particularly enjoyed 'The Enchanted Ass' section. Dorothy Porter's poetry can be a little too complex at times but it is worth the read. She is a master of words. I give this book 3 and a half stars.
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Eminent Australian poet. A rare proponent of the verse novel. Winner of The Age Book of the Year for poetry, and the National Book Council Award, for her verse novel The Monkey's Mask. She was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry in 2001.
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