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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • 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


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


Room by Jan Owen

A white hand-moulded cave,
alabaster in the heat:
a bed, a table, a chair.
The hubli bubli in the hall
chuckled at Mohammad's jokes.
The roof looked over awnings
weighed with trash
to the desert-gold Damascus Gate,
streets of lamps, slung carcases, brocade,
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Russians Breathing by Philip Hammial

Does the mouth refuse?
Does the head roll forward?
Is there something saves a life?
Is there an elaborate plot from youth onward?
Whose is the ultimate warble?
Which string should we pull?
Which face have we just had?
What would happen if all the lamps were at once?
What's this that reeks us over?
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