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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September 1948....read more

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Poets

  • 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

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

Father's Daughter by Rhyll McMaster

It's not them. It's me.
Did you hear that? The bet's off.
Not men. It's a little spirit
born like a mushroom,
nub-headed, hooded, no eyes.
Stubborn as a creek pebble.
A plastic toy with a domed helmet.

I attest blame should not exist
but bad feeling suffuses like spore. ... more

Mind by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Along the face
of this baffling space-time construct
an illusory straight line goes ticking
fringed with words

in its long push
toward continuity.
Somewhere below
a chafed sea sobs

washing up the monsters
... more