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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

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

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Poets

  • 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
  • E. J. Brady

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

Chios by Rosemary Dobson

An Island Held by the Encircling Sea;
A Nymph Embraced Who to Poseidon Bore
In Pain a Son, Named for the Drifting Snow
That Gently Covered All Its Steep Wild Shore.
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Habakkuk by Chris Mansell

You spoke to me of god --
the horse that runs between the two horses

Terrible horses!
their justice and their dignity
come from themselves

They spring like cats
from the jungle —
leap out, claws out. ... more