Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017
Shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award 2017
'One of the most compelling voices in Australian poetry this decade' - Overland Literary Journal
A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.
ABIA and Indie award winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke (author of Foreign Soil and The Hate Race) is one of Australia's most innovative and celebrated poets. This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.
one of the most compelling voices in Australian poetry this decade - Overland
'Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller, and this collection (FOREIGN SOIL) - written with exquisite sensitivity and yet uncompromising - will stay with you with the force of elemental truth. Clarke is the real deal, and will, if we're lucky, be an essential voice in world literature for years to come - Dave Eggers
Clarke is a confident and highly skilled writer - Hannah Kent
[Of Maxine's work] amazing - Tim Minchin
Clarke lobs a molotov under any reader expecting a literary comfort zone ... this marks the arrival of a major new voice in the Australian literary landscape - Bookseller & Publisher
Maxine Beneba Clarke is on fire. These poems sizzle and flare with radiant heat, with pride, anger, power. - Booktopia
Carrying the World encapsulates the extraordinary journey of a single black mother, poet and author within an industry dominated by white men and women. - Cordite
Carrying the World is impressive in its passion and vigour. Clarke's writing, in this collection and in The Hate Race alike, is fresh, and her voice is confident, and unlike anything else in our literary landscape. - The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Age, Canberra Times
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015. Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine's first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.