A wild ride of angels, monsters, slapstick and pop. In this not so divine comedy actress Isabella Rosselini becomes Leggett’s post-modern Beatrice. A book that begins and ends with angels and recalls the spirit of Yeats’ Crazy Jane:

‘For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.’

– Craig Powell


Commended, Best Poetry, IP Picks 2006.

Andrew Leggett’s second collection is stark, bare and unforgettable. In these interconnecting poems, by equal measure serious and darkly comic, the ugly is united with the beautiful to produce a unique aesthetic.

Popular culture provides the surreal framework for the author’s meditations on death, loss and loneliness, creating a moving overture to playfully grim explorations into religion and the afterlife.

Andrew Leggett is a Brisbane poet who works as a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

His work has been widely published in magazines, professional journals, newspapers and anthologies throughout Australia, the UK, the USA and New Zealand. His first collection, Old Time Religion and Other Poems, was published by Interactive Press in 1998. The manuscript of his second collection, Dark Husk of Beauty, was Highly Commended in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Award in 2005, Commended in the national IP Picks 2006 manuscript competition and has formed the main body of his Master of Philosophy dissertation in Creative Writing. He was also a prize winner in the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award in 2004.

Andrew also writes fiction, essays, book reviews and scientific papers on medical ethics, social research in psychiatry and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His interests in psychoanalysis, literature, film, mythology, cultural studies, aesthetics and the visual and performing arts provide a matrix for passionate expression in his writing.



Judges’ Report on IP Picks 06

Interview with Andrew Leggett