A Poem for My Wife single work   poetry   "O could one write as one makes love"
First known date: 1961 Issue Details: First known date: 1961 1961
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Alternative title: O Could One Write as One Makes Love
Notes:
"A Poem for My Wife" first appeared in the Bulletin under the name of Walter Lehmann. With its subsequent appearances under Harwood's own name, the title changed to "O Could One Write as One Makes Love...".
  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 82 no. 4228 22 February 1961 Z620104 1961 periodical issue 1961 pg. 28
  • Appears in:
    y Poems [Volume 1] Gwen Harwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z421270 1963 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 98-99
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    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 252
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    y Selected Poems : A New Edition Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 Z824188 2001 selected work poetry Details of the changes made in compiling this selection are outlined in the editor's introduction . Some poems not appearing in previous selections, as well as some unpublished poems, have been added; some poems previously appearing have been omitted. Textual emendations have been made to some works. Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 pg. 25-26
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    y Mappings of the Plane : New Selected Poems Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Manchester : Fyfield Books , 2009 Z1635144 2009 selected work poetry

    'Gwen Harwood (1920-1995) is one of the best loved Australian poets of the twentieth century - and a fierce prankster, who published poems under half-a-dozen names and identities. By turns poignant, sensuous and mischievous, passionately musical, her poetry is marked by sure intelligence and a quicksilver, anti-authoritarian wit.

    'This new selection of her poetry from 1943 to her death makes the full range of the work accessible for the first time to poetry-lovers in the northern hemisphere. With an introduction by the leading Harwood critic Gregory Kratzmann and the Australian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe, who corresponded with Harwood, the selection includes hitherto little-known work along with poems which have become part of the central canon of Australian poetry.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Manchester : Fyfield Books , 2009
    pg. 21

Works about this Work

y A Fire-Talented Tongue : Some Notes on the Poetry of Gwen Harwood R. F. Brissenden , Surry Hills : The Wentworth Press , 1978 Z419294 1978 single work criticism
y A Fire-Talented Tongue : Some Notes on the Poetry of Gwen Harwood R. F. Brissenden , Surry Hills : The Wentworth Press , 1978 Z419294 1978 single work criticism
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