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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • Vincent Buckley, photographer unknown

    Vincent Buckley

    Vincent Buckley was born at Romsey, in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, on 8 July 1925. ... more
  • Ken Bolton, 2004, photo courtesy the author

    Ken Bolton

    Ken Bolton was born in Sydney in 1949. He attended the University of Sydney, graduating ... more
  • Richard Kelly Tipping in his studio, portrait by Juno Gemes©

    Richard Tipping

    Richard Tipping was born in Adelaide in 1949. He studied at Flinders University in the ... more
  • C. J. Dennis

    C. J. Dennis

    Clarence Michael James Dennis, the eldest child of James Dennis, a hotelier, and his wife ... more


Michael Dransfield's "Pas de deux for lovers"

What a beautiful aubade this is.  Its carefully measured line breaks pace out a precise and delicate pas de deux 1 for waking lovers.  The word ‘Yet’, isolated in the poem’s centre, enacts a kind of pivot, the hinge of the leaving lover’s longing.  Playing against the morning’s ‘complexity’ and the day’s already encroaching ‘involvement’, the poem unfolds in exquisitely simple language, a pleasure not totally unlike that of waking to first light on a lover’s hair perhaps...            1. A term from ballet meaning ‘steps of two’, a duet. review


[She walks off the suburb into scrub, feels the heat] by Philip Salom

She walks off the suburb into scrub, feels the heat
go the cold nights go hard against the houses.

It is death creeping back into the places it had left:
stones dislodged by sunlight, the sun's steel ball

one slow sweep a day knocking down the wall, and night,
the blue-green the bottle-sheen the insects of night …

(For every in-or-outdoor place ... more

Truce by Dorothy Porter

‘None of my girls
are safe from you'
my wife says

at least
we're talking

for four months
she has walked past
our bedroom ... more