Sylvia Kantaris

Standard Name: Kantaris, Sylvia
Birth Name: Sylvia Mosley
Married Name: Sylvia Kantarizis
Self-constructed Name: Sylvia Kantaris
With a slender output (five collections of poetry and two collaborative volumes), SK is a respected poet of the late twentieth century. Her choice of topics is bold: not only erotic love but also violent relationships, not only feminist analysis but also feminist self-criticism. Her poems fuse the personal and the political (on social and environmental topics) and the surreal with the closely and accurately observed. She has also published critical essays, reviews, and translations.


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Kantaris, Sylvia. Dirty Washing. Bloodaxe Books, 1989.
Kantaris, Sylvia. Lad’s Love. Bloodaxe Books, 1993.
Thomas, D. M., and Sylvia Kantaris. News from the Front. Arc, 1983.
Kantaris, Sylvia et al. The Air Mines of Mistila. Bloodaxe Books, 1988.
Kantaris, Sylvia. The Sea at the Door. Secker and Warburg, 1985.
Kantaris, Sylvia. The Tenth Muse. Harry Chambers-Peterloo Poets, 1983.
Kantaris, Sylvia. Time & Motion. New Poetry for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1975.