Released in June 2001, Collected Poems brings together all John Forbe's published poems, both in books and literary magazines. The volume includes a Foreword by Gig Ryan and an Introduction by Don Anderson
At the time of his untimely death in 1998, at the age of 47, John Forbes was widely recognised as one of Australia's most distinguished poets. At once lyrical and witty, knowing and insouciant, he was in the words of Don Anderson, 'our Postmodern Orpheus'. He wore little on his sleeve but had a lot of knowledge tucked up it, both erudite and popular, ranging from pop music to Renaissance texts on drawing and proportion. This he juggled with a rare elan, sometimes to a surprisingly cautionary effect.
from the book cover by Carl Harrison-Ford
In John Forbe's work poetry is thought, and for the poet, the only true act.
from the Foreword by Gig Ryan
So, we have the poems, and death has John Forbes.
from the Introduction by Don Anderson