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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • Paterson

    Andrew Barton Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 at Narrambla, New South Wales, the ... more
  • Pam Brown, 2004, photographer unknown

    Pam Brown

    Pam Brown was born in Seymour, Victoria in 1948, and grew up on military bases ... more
  • E. J. Brady

    Edwin James Brady was born on 7 August 1869 at Carcoar, near Bathurst, New South ... 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


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 ... review


Batak House And Mushroom Girl by John Kinsella

She is looking for a way out,
and her Batak house seems
the only hope. She lures
Westerners with the promise
of animist dreams, of a kaleidoscope
of ancestral loves and fears.
Sleep tonight in my Batak house,
you are beautiful and I am beautiful too
sleep in my Batak house and you shall
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Death Sentence in Ohio: epicedium by John Kinsella

And yet…to stay
and plan this pastoral…
families extend in both directions:
an eclogue of courts and therapy,
anger and cemeteries,
default patterns rising
and closing off the day,
the emperor's thumbs down —
all beginnings and endings
... more