August 2012 I'm a student of Australian Literature, more particularly of Australian poetry. My passion is for contemporary poetics. In his poem, "To the Bobbydazzlers", John Forbes writes the following lines:
you have saved
if not its fate
& you saved me
too, in 1970
And I suppose without meaning to be too cute about it that's how I feel about Australian poetry today, forty-three years later. Australian poetic culture, as the poems and poets collected on this website attest, is as strong as it is diverse. Browsing through the Australian Poetry Library, you will find poems from all kinds of poetic ancestries, written in different forms, at different times, for different purposes. In my time as guest curator of this collection, I propose to enjoy that diversity as fully as possible. In Forbes' words, my aim will be to "salute their/ luminous hum!"