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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


Crab Dreaming by Antigone Kefala

They came in through the walls
that night.
They came in through the floor
rose from the open book
broody, in their muddy green shells
their armour-plated hands
kneading the air, the current
in their mouths, a muffled sound
that I could not decipher.
... more

Canto of the Beach by John Kinsella

Four cardinal virtues kiss and tell like the stars they are
and we can see them down here all year round
in our virtuous Antipodean bower—land prices

are on the rise and the State looks to secure
its own gas needs, its reputation. An angel
is an advertising dirigible or a banner towed

over the lipid sea, paralleling breakers and coastline,
moonlighting as a spotter plane, early ... more