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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


Fagend by Amy Witting

She lived in a house where voices
engaged in aerial combat,
flung useless lassoes at the ceiling,
beat against walls, where words dissolved
into a desperate, helpless plea for escape.
She closed her eyes and dreamed on sunlight
and calm
in a room with cream linen curtains
and oranges in a blue bowl.
... more

61. [Each year we get further away] by Geoffrey Lehmann

Each year we get further away
from the Spring Forest,
the original text.

“Drinking straws” we say,
sipping a milkshake of imitation vanilla
through a thin plastic tube.
My children in summer
used stubble from paddocks
for sipping crushed-strawberry water. ... more