The Man and the Map
Poet: Alex Skovron
for the mapmakers
Many of the poems in this collection have been published previously, some in slightly different form. Acknowledgment is gratefully made to the following: Age
(USA), Ars Poetica
, Atlanta Review
(USA), Blue Dog
(e-zine), Eureka Street
, Macedon Ranges Guardian
, Phoenix Review
, Salt-lick Quarterly
, Worcester Review
(USA); and the anthologies Australian Verse: An Oxford Anthology
(Oxford University Press, 1998), Enough Already: An Anthology of Australian-Jewish Writing
(Allen & Unwin, 1999), Lesen und Schreiben: Literatur, Kritik, Germanistik
(Francke Verlag, Germany, 1995), Let Dark Memory Bloom
(Coal River Press, 1995), New Music: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry
(Five Islands Press, 2001), Prizewinners
(Edwina Toohey, 1996), Riding Out: New Writing from Around the World
(Phoenix-Outrider, 1994), Time's Collision with the Tongue
(Five Islands Press & Coal River Press, 2001).
‘The Violin-maker, the Forest and the Clock’ and ‘The Ferris Wheel’ won the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award (1995 and 2001). ‘Mr Wilkinson’ received the Manuel Gelman Memorial Prize for Literature (1997). ‘Dreams of Dead Poets’ was awarded the Kyneton Literature Festival Poetry Prize (2002).
I would like to thank the Literature Board of the Australia Council, for a writer's fellowship under which many of the poems in this book were written.
My thanks are due also to John Leonard, Jan Owen and Tony Page, who kindly read earlier versions of the manuscript and contributed valuable comments and suggestions.