Dorothy Hewett: "This Version of Love"

This Version Of Love
Rapunzel in surburbia
Dorothy Hewett
By John Tranter on March 2011
Dorothy Hewett, poet, novelist and playwright, died in 2002. As a student at the University of Western Australia she won prizes for drama and poetry, and joined the Communist Party, which she left decades later, after Russian troops suppressed the Prague uprising in 1968. Her writing and her politics were practical and idealist at the same time, torn between a socialist inclination and a personal desire for sexual and personal freedom. She was a successful playwright, poet and novelist, and her best work celebrates a romantic quest for a fully-lived life. Personally she was funny, generous and charming. This is my favorite poem of hers, and shows her vigorous self-dramatising persona at its most cinematic.