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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

Nike by Diane Fahey

At exactly which point
after the battle
does the Angel of Death
meet the Angel of Victory?
What do they say to each other?
How do they look at each other?

As his tent is being packed up
on a distant hill—
cognac, concubine, playing cards, maps— ... more

The Scholars by Douglas Stewart

Truly they seem not quite what the age supposes,
Professors, learned assessors, unwilling to seek
The new and the strange, their old bespectacled noses
Questing like bumble-bees in the flowers of the Greek,
Their spare time spent in the cultivation of roses
With wild debauches of chess one night a week.
A kind of seagull, a closer view discloses,
A twinkling people, eager in legs and beak.

And indeed they are for the most part jolly fellows, ... more