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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


The Long Wet Season by Les Murray

Poetry is apt to rise in you
just when you're on the brink
of doing something important,

trivially important, like flying
across the world tomorrow —
while here our paddock, waterlogged

from features and supplements of rain
smells to be making dark beer ... more

The Narcolept by John Tranter

First up over the horizon
the crowd of priest impersonators —
this one lacks charity and plots ruin,
that one's just fled the seminary,
tempting the entrails to speak up —
and a blue moon lights up the Rorschach Test
that seems to be a plot of my muddled life
emerging through the middle-class —
there's a kid riding a bike
... more