First Light: A Selection of Poems
by Phillip Hodgins

February, 2015
Paperback, 90 pages
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0807616260

Philip Hodgins was the most loved poet of his generation, whose life was cut tragically short. “If he had lived as long as his admired Goethe, he would probably have been Goethe.” – Clive James.

The fourth book in the Braziller series of Australian poets. Philip Hodgins is unique in his unflinchingly honest and mordant account of country life in Australia. In a vivid and lucid style, his astonishing poems reveal the complexities, depths and urgencies of living at the edge of life and death. Renowned for his sophisticated yet understated craftsmanship, Hodgins writes with subtlety, humor and heartbreaking intensity. Edited and with an introduction by American poet and poetry scholar, Paul Kane.


Philip Hodgins is the author of six volumes of poems, including a verse novel, Dispossessed, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Council Poetry Prize. He has been published in major publications, such as The New Yorker. He died in 1995, age thirty-six. In 1997, the annual Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal was inaugurated to honor writers of distinguished literary accomplishment.