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Peter Boyle (1951 – )

Peter Boyle, 1999, photo by David Boyle Peter Boyle, 1999, photo by David Boyle

Peter Boyle was born in Melbourne in 1951. He contracted polio as a young child and spent considerable time in hospitals, and at the age of eleven he moved with his family to Sydney. He attended Riverview College, where he discovered his gift for languages and interest in poetry, and he subsequently completed an Arts degree at the University of Sydney. He has worked as a teacher of English, History and Communications in secondary schools and in technical colleges.

Boyle’s first book of poetry, Coming Home From the World (1994), won the New South Wales Premier’s Award and the National Book Council Banjo Award. The Blue Cloud of Crying (1997) also won the Banjo Award and the Adelaide Festival Poetry Prize. Besides publishing his own work, Boyle has translated extensively from French and Spanish poets, notably Lorca, Vallejo, Eugenio Montejo and Pierre Reverdy.

Poetry Collections
  • Coming Home From the World (Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1994).
  • The Blue Cloud of Crying (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1997).
  • Acceptance of Silent Waters (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2000).
  • What the Painter Saw in Our Faces (Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 2001).
  • November in Madrid and other poems (Warner’s Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2001).
  • Museum of Space (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2004).
  • Reading Borges and other poems (Warner’s Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2007).
  • The Transformation Boat (Spit Junction, NSW: River Road Press, 2008).
  • [with MTC Cronin], How Does a Man Who is Dead Reinvent His Body? The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caeli (Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2008).
Suggested Further Reading
  • [Judith Beveridge, ed.], ‘Pulp Interview: Peter Boyle,’ Ilumina: Poetry UnLimited Press Journal 2007 (2007), pp. 40–44.
  • Michelle Cahill, ‘Michelle Cahill in Conversation with Peter Boyle: The Apocrypha of William O’Shaunessy,’ Mascara Literary Review no. 4 (2008), online, http://www.mascarareview.com/article/88/Michelle_Cahill_in_conversation_with_Peter_Boyle%3A__The_Apocrypha_of_William_O%27Shaunessy_/
  • Andrew Johnson, ‘Peter Boyle and the Art of Poetry,’ Antipodes 20.1 (June 2006), pp. 72–79.
  • Andrew Johnson, [untitled review of Museum of Space], JAS Review of Books no.32 (2005), online, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/24605/20050428-0000/www.api-network.com/cgi-bin/reviews/jrbviewfd40.html?n=070223463X&issue=32
  • Rosanna Licari, ‘Peter Boyle in Conversation with Rosanna Licari,’ Stylus Poetry Journal 29 (April 2008).
  • Andrew McCue, ‘The Light of Delight and the Fire in the Night,’ Ulitarra no.13 (1998), pp. 155–58.