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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • Dorothy Porter 2008, portrait by Juno Gemes©

    Dorothy Porter

    Dorothy Porter was born in Sydney on 26 March 1954. She attended Queenwood School for ... more
  • Roberta ("Bobbi") Sykes, photo courtesy University of Queensland Press

    Roberta Sykes

    Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Sykes was born about 1944 in Townsville, Queensland. Raised by a white mother, ... more
  • Ada Cambridge

    Ada Cambridge was born on 21 November 1844 in Norfolk, England, the daughter of a ... more
  • E. J. Brady

    Edwin James Brady was born on 7 August 1869 at Carcoar, near Bathurst, New South ... 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


Sara la Noire by Robyn Ravlich

Dark Sara, the Romany caravans with the spurs
Of gypsy horsemen, roll again, onward

Through the autumn of grape-washed Provence.
Patronesse, in your medieval Moorish church,

Do you hear them … lamenting monotonous guitars in May?
Candlesmoke becomes an immense violin in the crypt —

Your hallowed remains: Sara, Marie Salome, Marie Jacobe. ... more

[A song rose from thickets, your] by Robert Adamson

A song rose from thickets, your
song, continuing beyond warbling
catbirds. I had nothing to do
with it, wilderness came hurtling
toward me and I backed off: standing
still as a redwood with fear.
All my feelings rushed away, love
joined the skeletons of gentle

night parrots. A slovenly explorer ... more