About the Author


Australian born poet Richard James Allen’s recent collection of poems, Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books) is his tenth book as a poet, fiction, performance writer and editor: http://www.fixingthebrokennightingale.com/Widely published in anthologies, journals and online since winning the ‘under-21 section’ of the English Teachers Association of NSW National Writing Competition in 1980, Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards, nominations, grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as an acclaimed writer, director, choreographer and performer. 

Earlier Books by Richard James Allen:

The Kamakaze Mind
Thursday’s Fictions
other books
Richard James Allen at the Australian Poetry Library

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About the book


Fixing the Broken Nightingale contains poems of paradox, cynicism, tenderness, outrage and resignation, fleeting lust and enduring love, observation, invention and glimpses of enlightenment. Critically acclaimed as “superb” (West Australian), “entertaining” (Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Age), “fearless…dark yet hilarious” (Cordite), “explosively powerful” (Sydney Arts Guide), it is “a journey from the comical and personal to the profound and provoking” (NSW Writers’ Centre Blog), which “hovers between pleasure and transience…full of rich…evocative poetry” (Australian Poetry Journal), “a reflection upon identity and mystery, desolation and exaltation, the stealth of desire and the tenacity of love…elliptical and meditative” (Trove).


Published by Flying Island Books, an imprint of ASM (Macau)
and Cerberus Press (Markwell, NSW),
in their Australian Pocket Poets Series,
edited by Christopher (Kit) Kelen.
Book Cover Painting, “Evening, Woolloomooloo Bay”, by Michelle Hiscock.
Book Cover Design by Chris Song Zijiang.
Photograph of Richard James Allen by Kyle Powderly.
Graphic Design by Terri Bertakis.