Poetry? For today's readers? Yes, and not just for those who buy their poetry collections religiously either; this book is for everyone. Frustrated by the perception that Australian poetry is dry, inaccessible and focused only on the country's landscape, acclaimed poet Jamie Grant decided to form his own collection. One that properly encompassed the liveliness of our country's writing and showed that the only thing dry about its poetry was the humour within it. The collection ranges from the early nineteenth century of Francis Macnamara and Charles Harpur, through the later years of CJ Dennis and Henry Lawson, right up to the present day of Gig Ryan, David Malouf, Stephen McInerney and Kate Jennings. The preoccupations of the different eras are given a full airing - convicts and stockriders, the challenges of drought and war, the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, the divide between the city and the bush, and the different approaches of generations X, Y and Z. The ‘smaller' issues have their outing too: love, barbecues, giraffes, sky writing and pumpkins so big they don't seem real. For anyone curious about what makes Australians who they are, this collection is a must-have. If the key to understanding our national character is to be found in our sense of humour, then the key to our sense of humour is located, ultimately, in the best of our poetry. For all the awards and international acclaim given to our novelists and film-makers, it is our poetry which is the indispensable element in the rich and varied culture of Australia. This beautiful collection, illustrated throughout with etchings by Bridget Farmer, should be in every Australian home.