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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


Fragment by Alex Skovron

These tunnels I have snapped shut behind me
of semblances and their delicate committees
of inland waterways that flow nowhere
of lava, crimson but frozen to the touch
of that ceaseless acupuncture recollection
(but not nostalgia)
of beggars and the painted goddesses
of the tinkling cowbells of remorse
(but not compassion)
... more

The Child by Dorothy Hewett

When first she came
we were afraid,
for moving she displaced the air,
as if some small and glittering shade
had from the fields of heaven strayed,
and circling in her hair,
upon the dull earth gravely played
her magic game.

But since she came ... more