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Clive Faust (1932 – )

Clive Faust was born in Melbourne in 1932. He attended the University of Melbourne, and some of his early poems were published in Melbourne University Magazine and one in Southerly. In the later 1960s Faust lived in Kyoto, Japan. There he met the American expatriate poet and editor Cid Corman (1924–2004), with whom he had a longstanding friendship and correspondence. On his returning to Australia in the early 1970s Faust taught at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education. From the early 1970s he began contributing poems to Australian literary journals including Meanjin and Kris Hemensley’s The Ear in a Wheatfield. Several of his poems appeared in John Tranter’s 1979 anthology The New Australian Poetry. He has also published his poetry in international poetry magazines including Corman’s Origin, Tangent (USA) and Shearsman (UK).

Faust first collection, Token or Trace, was published in 1980. He has since published four further collections, including Cold’s Determination (1996), a volume of selected poems. Influenced by American poets like Corman, George Oppen (1908–1984), and Louis Zukofsky (1904–1978), Faust has argued against the localism of Australian poetry, and his publishing also reflects an internationalist outlook; several of his poetry collections were published in the USA or Japan through Cid Corman’s Origin Press, and none were first published in Australia.

Poetry Collections
  • Token or Trace (Devon, UK: Tangent Books, 1980).
  • Metamorphosed from the Adjacent Cold (Boston, USA: Origin Press, 1980).
  • Leavetakings (Kyoto, Japan: Origin Press, 1986).
  • Sleeping it Off (Brattleboro, USA: Origin Press, 1992).
  • Cold’s Determinations: Selected Poems from Three Eras Earlier Middle Late (Salzburg, Austria: University of Salzburg, 1996).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Clive Faust, ‘Careering Poetry,’ Australian Literary Studies 8.2 (1977), pp. 169–71.
  • John Jenkins, ‘Poetry in Motion,’ Overland no.132 (1993), pp. 86–88.
  • David Miller, ‘The Poetry of Clive Faust,’ Poetry Australia nos. 84-85 (1982), pp. 39–43.