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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

  • 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

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

Sixpence by Geoff Page

Dear little Sixpence
from something like rape
south in the kitchen
and paler of face

stoking the stove
in the midsummer heat
told to be grateful
for roof and her keep

you're one of the family
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Music Theory 101 by Geoff Page

Take one note struck
at random by a child,
the instrument a Bechstein, maybe,
the room, let's say, a drawing room
in Paris, Florence, Rome,
the note a D, say halfway down,
cleanly hit and left to ring.
Who's to say we haven't heard
a total work of art,
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