australian poet

Called 'a significant voice in Australian poetry' (see some reviews of Mortifications & Lies in Reviews) Chris Mansell been deeply engaged in poetry for many years. She has an articulate take on what she does (see Poetics). She writes, gives writing classes and reads extensively and has won and been short-listed for a number of awards.

Some recent work

Seven Stations is a collection of seven poems (mostly) in praise of Sydney was written by Chris Mansell for a collaboration with composer Andrew Batt-Rawden. The song cycle was premiered at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 1.3.13 by Chronology Arts and singers from Halcyon Singers and The Song Company.

The poems take as their starting point seven inner city train stations: Town Hall, The Quay, St James, Kings Cross, Redfern, Sydney Terminal (Central), and Museum. Each of the stations characterises something about the city - from a meretricious skanky puss, to the invisible sharks at the of the Quay. The CD, released by Hospital Hill in 2014, also contains a booklet of the text of the poems.

Stung, Stung More and quid pro quad are collections of innovative ‘quad’ poems which disturb and disrupt language. These are in a new form - not concrete poetry, not shaped poetry, possibly vispo if the definition is elastic enough. Or not. Have a look.

Patricia Prime describes Love Poems (Kardoorair Press) in Stylus magazine as:

...a compelling book that mines the hurt of human life to great effect. It contains tragedy and irony, splashes of humour, failure, love, insight and song. Here is a journey anyone can undertake. The paths are all clearly marked. But beware. Once set on such a beguiling, vivid journey, there may be no arriving at a safe destination. Love Poems has been reissued as an ebook.

Stephen Lawrence in reviewing Letters in Cordite said, “Chris Mansell is not just an established presence in modern Australian poetry, but an important figure in our evolving aesthetic.”  (For another review of this book go to Stylus.)

Read John Jenkins’ review of Stung in Cordite.


For a sample some more work, including some new media poems, go to Poems section of this site. For a review of Spine Lingo go to Another Lost Shark. For a list of publications, go to Background and Books.

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Schadenvale Road

short fiction

(Interactive Press, Brisbane, 2011) (Cover art by Jo O’Dowd)

a collection of short fiction. Available from Interactive or as an original ebook from iTunes.

Read a review at Rochford St Review.

Spine Lingo:

new and selected poems

(Cover by Lea Hawkins)

(Kardoorair, 2011)

(Sold out. Sorry.)

Seven Stations. Song cycle.

Music by Andrew Batt-Rawden, poems by Chris Mansell. (Hospital Hill, 2014)

Love Poems (Cover art by Will Sturgess)

(Kardoorair, 2010; ebook 2013)

The original Stung and Stung More have sold out. The new quid pro quad is available from the quads page. Limited edition quad poems by Chris Mansell.

Buy quid pro quad here:

For more about quads go here:

Read John Jenkins’ review of Stung in Cordite.

The Fickle Brat still available as audio from iTunes.

quid pro quad. Quad poems by Chris Mansell (limited edition of 50) 190mm x 190mm, 35 pages, handbound in cotton.