geoff goodfellow
reviews of Poems for a Dead Father
media responses & other news


    The Luxury of Work
    The Violence of Work  
    Miles Away  
    Don't Call Me Lad  
    Turning in Circles  
Kleva Voomun
    Poems for a Dead Father
    Punch On Punch Off

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Here’s an excerpted selection of what other critics have had to say:

The poems yarn and take you into a mix of funny, naked, larrikin feeling.

Barry Hill
The Weekend Australian

Geoff Goodfellow is a master of understatement…

Kerry Leves

This book represents Goodfellow at his best. Too often, working-class poetry has been used as an excuse for poets who are unable or unwilling to meet the technical demands of the form…Goodfellow shows that the genre can have its own power and integrity.

Geoff Page
Australian Book Review
What Goodfellow has given us is a robust insight into the vital dynamic of life: Love. Is there a better gift?
Christopher Bantick
The Sunday Tasmanian

…this work resonates with honesty and immediacy.

Kay Brindal
…he writes poetry that challenges, evokes, entertains, and yet can move the more sensitive to tears.
Graham Cornes
The Advertiser

This poetry is unmistakenly Australian, working-class and masculine, emerging from deep within a world of Vietnam veterans, drink, death, family, frayed lino, laminex and sex, and the politics of class.

Lyn McCredden
The Age
I have always liked Geoff’s poems, especially his aggressive working-class celebrations with their hearty irreverence and their understanding of how language can pull you in, holus bolus.
Dr Thomas Shapcott
Good Weekend Magazine

Geoff Goodfellow’s Poems for a Dead Father is a class act. It is simply the best work of a poet at the peak of his poetical power.

Glen Murdoch
Sidewalk Magazine
Goodfellow’s self- narrative that winds through his text, his humour and eye for detail, make this rough elegiac cycle powerful.
David McCooey
The Age

He (Goodfellow) has long been an evangelist for the power of poetry to connect with each and every life in a world saturated with sophisticated noise.

Rosemary Sorensen
The Courier Mail
I loved reading it a second time, and will return to it again, and again. I believe that it will appeal to senior students, both girls and boys, because its tough as well as sensitive…
Guy Bayly-Jones

Geoff Goodfellow wins ABC TV Poetry Competition. Read the full article.

Jane Sullivan's piece on me in the Age, Sat 30 October 2004

Mark Seymour Singing A Geoff Goodfellow song - Tobruk Pin

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Check out Phil Doyle's discussion of my work in the September 2004 Workers Online

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