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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


The Marron King by Caroline Caddy

There used to be a mill here
an uncle who took us marroning in the back blocks —
knew all the best places.
The river sand cliffed
with logs like felled bridges
skewering eddies of pollen.
In bright sunlight the nets melted into water
a thousand feet deep.
The ropes we hauled were necklaces out of
... more

52. [I don't care for Alpine landscapes in winter.] by Geoffrey Lehmann

I don't care for Alpine landscapes in winter.
My eye demands more
than intersecting lines of ice.
I'm more interested in the dead grey leaves
from last summer
pressed flat under the snow.

In summer the herbfield is a coral garden
these mountains have raised from the sea.
It's a landscape ... more