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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • 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


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


WINTER SOLSTICE: 4. AUGUST by Dorothy Hewett

So I have come to Camelot
with fife & bell & beating drum
to die the little death I come
to lie beside my Lancelot.

By silent towers the rivers run
unbuckle now & naked lie
breast to breast & tender thigh
my darling dark & armoured one.

Beneath the turret & the bell
... more

Proem by Alan Gould

And daily we unearth the earth in consciousness and in
Pangaia, Laurasia, Gondwanaland, those early continents
are dispersing like cloud
while fossil, bone, and flint utensil, like schools of fish,
assemble in their eras.

For the years are the roof of a vast and slow factory.
The oceanic plates rend and renew themselves from the
sutures of the earth ... more