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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


Reading Moby-Dick backwards by Martin Johnston

Blake's guinea's forged: the sun's Quito doubloon
clouds over and fades to just another moon.
Lost paper sailboats float just out of reach.
I pick my way on a shredded-paper beach.
Somewhere behind the paleness, out of sight,
someone is sucking the colours from the sea,
subtracting from the world (except for me)
the strong blue smear swimming upward through the white.
A milky tsunami, moon-high, nightmare-slow,
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11 [i am a man of multiple identity] by Yu Ouyang

i am a man of multiple identity
born in the year of pigs
left the country in the year of chicken
on a fijian passport that i bought with 30,000 american dollars
first to canada as a british subject
then to the states to marry an american
who turned out to be a polish jew or a jewish pole
after securing a greed i mean green card
i came to australia
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