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Michael Dransfield

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

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Poets

  • 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

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

The Appointment by John Jenkins

How to break the luncheon appointment, without seeming
rude? That was the question. One cannot always pick
and choose one's political allies, but must one's friends.
(He would make amends at some future time.) Menzies
looked at some remove, down at the newspaper
beneath his saucer, then rang his secretary.
“Hello. Yes. Please contact Arthur Rylah's office
and say something has just come up, to which I must attend.
We will have to cancel lunch. Or say ‘postpone’,
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7 [Liz, we knew, was different though] by Geoff Page

Liz, we knew, was different though.
She had this yen for older men
that none of us could come at.
Four years more, my Albert was.
I reckon that's enough.
But Liz preferred fifteen or so —
which would have made Sam thirty six
against her twenty one.
The parents seemed quite likeable,
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