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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • Amanda Stewart

    Amanda Stewart

    Amanda Stewart was born in 1959. She began writing and performing poetry in the late ... more
  • joanne burns as a child, Bondi, 1940s, photograph courtesy the author

    joanne burns

    joanne burns was born in Vaucluse, Sydney, in 1945, and grew up in Sydney’s eastern ... more
  • Laurie Duggan, Faversham 2007

    Laurie Duggan

    Laurence James Duggan was born in South Melbourne in 1949. In the late 1960s and ... more
  • Bruce Beaver, Manly NSW, 1984, photo by John Tranter

    Bruce Beaver

    Bruce Beaver was born in the Sydney seaside suburb of Manly on 14 February 1928. ... more


Interview: Pam Brown, January-March 2014

Why do you write poetry? That really is a tough question. I doubt that I'll give you a very interesting answer -   I can only sound glib. For me writing poetry might be a habit, or a disorganised ritual.   I've done it all my life, since around the age of seven - I started with lists. It's partly a way of notating my thinking. I suppose it's also a kind of irreligious vocation - one with hardly a skerrick of remuneration. How do you read? Diversely, but very consciously. I usually have three or four things that I'm ... review


Painting by Michael Dransfield

since she exists of air, nothing attaches itself
but light between shadow. i see her
walk to me through a prison, through a cobweb
without parting it. often
she is in a room and beyond it. she may be
the eyes of someone in a white coat,
she can lie on machines without breaking
her presence obsesses, a candle for moths
... more

Youth, manhood, middle age by Rodney Hall

These aren't the hands I had ten years ago
every cell has been replaced since then,
and yet they look the same though subtly worn
and maybe stiffer. Unsettling that I know
I'm not the man I've been, nor yet the youth.
This proves intrinsic (not to mere responses,
changing taste or strength, or null defences)
that other flesh subserved another truth.

The symptoms passed me once—I made no study. ... more