Starlight: 150 Poems By John Tranter University of Queensland Press, 228pp, $24.95
The Salt Companion to John Tranter Edited by Rod Mengham Salt, 266pp, $34.95
IN his latest collection of essays, Milan Kundera describes the savage portraiture of Francis Bacon as interrogations into the limits of the self. ``Up to what degree of distortion,'' Kundera asks, ``does an individual still remain himself?'' Or more crucially: ``Where is the border beyond which a self ceases to be a self?''
These are fascinating, if troubling, questions. And in poetry, this distorted borderland is John Tranter territory...