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Michael Dransfield

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

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Poets

  • 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
  • Ada Cambridge

    Ada Cambridge was born on 21 November 1844 in Norfolk, England, the daughter of a ... 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

Becoming sky by Michael Dransfield

he takes for ingredients the purity of the moon,
a fall of rain and sunlight, streets of chance people.
he mixes them well, he will drink them like the night.

charade: the wind brushes his hair, he sits in a window,
waiting for clouds or angels. comicbook figures
distract him. he goes outside, through the pale
curtains of forethought.

the bottles weigh his coat: he appears old, ... more

Symbiosis by Adam Aitken

We sit in conference
holy ghosts chaired in stone.

We consider whether
human flesh really
tastes very nice

and if so
which parts
most tender. ... more