Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
Alternative title:O Could One Write as One Makes Love
"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...".
ySelected Poems : A New EditionGwen Harwood,
Victor Harbor:Halcyon Press,2001Z8241882001selected 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 Some poems not appearing in previous selections, as well as some unpublished poems, have been added; some poems previously appearing have been omitted.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
'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.)