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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • E. J. Brady

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


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


City Nocturne by Thomas W. Shapcott

Getting late. The theatres are stacked away and hollow,
the traffic is irregular and pedestrian.
To be a stranger, I keep thinking, bumping strangers
who smile like plastic, is to be too protected.
So I am to be, defensively, Country Boy, almost
professional. Midnight then, and coffeeshops yawn,
lounge over towards the El Alamein fountain

to a young man in jeans with guitar, another Original.
His friend solicits with a take-away milkshake carton ... more

Mother's Noseless Thief by Dorothy Porter

Mother twitches
Mother stares at the floor
Mother shows her teeth

because I'm here
because I'm pulling my randy cow face
(Pa reckons my Hathor impersonation
is hysterical!)
because my neck is thin
because my lips are thick ... more