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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September 1948....read more

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Poets

  • 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

Review

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 ... ...read review

Poems

Autumn at Dixon Park by Julian Croft

the first winter westerly
getting up noses and under tails
shaking the heads off the last flowers

two-head snows driven off the beach
to the lee of the surf shed
lie like magnets against the change-room wall

out in the gutter made by plump summer sand
the mullet are going north ... more

1.9 by David Malouf

See how the ski-slopes glitter
with stars, pine branches ache
with their weight of sky, milk
cans are gummed with ice.

Stack logs on the fire, unfreeze
the night. Pour out
the sunlight of four summers
to ease your limbs. The rest

is Heaven's affair. Cypress
... more