Journey : The North Coast single work   poetry   "Next thing, I wake up in a swaying bunk,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1970 1970
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Now Thomas Shapcott (editor), South Melbourne : Sun Books , 1970 Z53916 1970 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Sun Books , 1970 pg. 155
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 272-273
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    y Selected Poems 1963-1983 Robert Gray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 Z264699 1985 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 pg. 3
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    y Selected Poems Robert Gray , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z425541 1990 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 pg. 2
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    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry John Tranter (editor), Philip Mead (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z151302 1991 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 304-305
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    y The Faber Book of Modern Australian Verse Vincent Buckley (editor), London : Faber , 1991 Z563845 1991 anthology poetry war literature satire humour London : Faber , 1991 pg. 228-229
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    y New and Selected Poems Robert Gray , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1995 Z284053 1995 selected work poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1995 pg. 2
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 272-273
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    y New Selected Poems Robert Gray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z247102 1998 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 pg. 2
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    y Grass Script : Selected Earlier Poems. Robert Gray , Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 Z942576 2001 selected work poetry The poems in this representative collection were written between 1968 and 1987 and are drawn from Creek Water Journal (1974), Grass Script (1978), The Skylight (1983) and Piano (1988). Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 pg. 7-8
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    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 118-119
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    y Cumulus : Collected Poems Robert Gray , St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012 Z1893435 2012 selected work poetry 'This book is a landmark in Australian poetry. For Cumulus, Robert Gray has chosen all he wishes to retain from his eight volumes of poetry, some of it considerably and significantly revised. He has included here a new book, "Nameless Earth", not previously published in Australia.

    'Gray has been a daring and original experimenter in the free verse line, and also at times with traditional forms. Equally, his work is notable for its frequent, uncanny rightness in the creation of images. His thinking shows a remarkable fluency in both Eastern and Western philosophies (Gray has referred to himself as a Buddhist heretic). These are all modernist pathways, and this poetry negotiates them with a lucid, classical temper.

    'Most striking is an ever-alert immediacy—a perception and reflectiveness in the fluid moment. Whether through his sensuous language or his powerful engagement with ideas, Gray's poetry continually opens us to a fresh involvement with the physical world.' (From the publisher's website.)
    St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012
    pg. 1

Works about this Work

Under the Mountains and Beside a Creek : Robert Gray and the Shepherding of Antipodean Being Mark Tredinnick , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 123-143)
This chapter explores the agricultural and literary metaphors of pastoralism; it takes a traditional ecocritical approach, focussing on how the land has affected the poet and his writing. In Australia, whose economy has so long depended on the pastoral industry, there has developed a different kind of pastoral poetry, exemplified by the poetry of Robert Gray. Drawing on his experience of the North Coat of New South Wales, Grays poetry has matured as he has become an exemplar of what Martin Heidegger terms the 'shepherd of being'. from The Littoral Zone.
y The NEAP Guide to Poems of Robert Gray : NEAP Guide Mary Manning , Carlton : Pelham Publishing , 1999 Z17213 1999 single work criticism
Objectivity and Other Stances in the Poetry of Robert Gray Alan Urquhart , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , September vol. 33 no. 3 1988; (p. 45-58)
Humanism and Sensual Awareness in the Poetry of Robert Gray Dennis Haskell , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 46 no. 3 1986; (p. 261-270)
Under the Mountains and Beside a Creek : Robert Gray and the Shepherding of Antipodean Being Mark Tredinnick , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 123-143)
This chapter explores the agricultural and literary metaphors of pastoralism; it takes a traditional ecocritical approach, focussing on how the land has affected the poet and his writing. In Australia, whose economy has so long depended on the pastoral industry, there has developed a different kind of pastoral poetry, exemplified by the poetry of Robert Gray. Drawing on his experience of the North Coat of New South Wales, Grays poetry has matured as he has become an exemplar of what Martin Heidegger terms the 'shepherd of being'. from The Littoral Zone.
Humanism and Sensual Awareness in the Poetry of Robert Gray Dennis Haskell , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 46 no. 3 1986; (p. 261-270)
Objectivity and Other Stances in the Poetry of Robert Gray Alan Urquhart , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , September vol. 33 no. 3 1988; (p. 45-58)
y The NEAP Guide to Poems of Robert Gray : NEAP Guide Mary Manning , Carlton : Pelham Publishing , 1999 Z17213 1999 single work criticism
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