Poetry Books

Small Acts of Purpose

In this third collection, Anne addresses the everyday, the exotic and even the taboo challenging the reader to reflect on the elemental issues of modern existence. Here are poems of dying and living fully and bravely, poems of ‘witness and empathy’, poems of joy in the world in which Anne lives.


Maisie and the Black Cat Band

Anne’s second book was Highly Commended in the 2011 Poetry Awards. In it she celebrates lives that have previously been ignored, relationships with those she loves, places and events that matter and the earliest poems from her Estonian collection.


In Between the Dancing

This first collection, the most autobiographical of Anne’s three books, features poems of family and her farming childhood. Poems giving voice to formerly unheard historical voices and others stemming from her work as a funeral director sit alongside humorous and anecdotal poems. In Between the Dancing was the winner of the 2008 IP Picks First Book Award.


Anne’s poetry books can be ordered here, purchased via Interactive Press or from the following Victorian bookshops

Collected Works, Melbourne
Stoneman’s Bookroom, Castlemaine
Collins Bookstore, Ballarat
Torquay Books, Torquay
Great Escape Books, Airey’s Inlet
Warrnambool Books,
Blarney Books & Art, Port Fairy


Anne is available for guest speaking roles, festival performances, workshops and lectures.

Send her an email outlining your vague idea or a specific proposal. She will get back to you.

Costs vary according to requirements but ASA rates can be used as a guide.

“Through all these years, like a companion river, has been the poetry. These two streams of Anne’s have flown together, weaving in and out of each other for many years now; Anne brings all her poetry to her celebrant work and all the empathy and compassion and awareness of death – from the celebrant work to her poetry.”

– Anne M Carson –

“E A Gleeson’s poems are careful, considered, and concise; they are patiently crafted pieces constructed by a mind that obviously cares deeply about using language adroitly.”

– Nathanial O’Reilly –