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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

The Gift by Alex Skovron

The slide of the land is a fall
of the wind: it unearths an immense
rectangular chest with a lock
of unbearable steel — they arrange
an armada of tanks to explode
the extraordinary lid … As it lifts,

the earth is bathed in streams of jewelled light
and rainbow choirs wash away the pulse
of longing, the facades of pain. Night comes. ... more

slow windmills by Eric Beach

every word a gesture eh scott?
an angel gifted with nous
if ever I saw a definition
of innocence
it was in your dancing
you went to some other place
like a cat to pleasure
& a slow scarf unwinding

wind does leave a trail ... more