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Alison Clark (1945 – )

Alison Clark was born in 1945, and grew up in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. In the 1970s she studied and taught Italian at the University of Sydney. She has worked as an editor, and as a Jungian therapist. One of Clark’s early poems was included in an anthology edited by the British poet Howard Sergeant, Poetry from Australia (1969). From the early 1980s, her poems appeared in a variety of Australian literary journals, and her first poetry collection was published by the magazine Scripsi in 1987. She published a further collection, About Desire, in 1993, which appeared in a revised edition in 1996. Her poetry has been praised for its wit and its insights into human experience.

Poetry Collections
  • Ananke (Melbourne: Scripsi, 1987).
  • About Desire (Strawberry Hills, NSW: New Endeavour Press, 1993).
  • About Desire and other poems (Port Melbourne, Vic: Heinemann, 1996).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Diane Fahey, ‘Greek Mythology in Modern Australian Poetry,’ Southerly 53.1 (1993): pp. 5–20.
  • Helen Garner, [untitled review], Heat no.3 (1997), pp. 189–90.
  • Kevin Hart, ‘Presentation and Representation,’ Overland no.113 (1988), pp. 95–96.
  • Beate Josephi, ‘Innocence Scorched,’ Australian Book Review no. 187 (1996), pp. 69–70.
  • David Parker, ‘Tensions Between the Mind and the Heart,’ Australian Book Review no.99 (1988), pp. 28–29.