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Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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    y The Skylight Robert Gray , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 Z375823 1984 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 pg. 28-29
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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. 122-124
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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. 129-131
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    y Contemporary Australian Poetry : An Anthology John Leonard (editor), Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 Z361533 1990 anthology poetry humour war literature Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 pg. 151-153
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    y Sydney's Poems : A Selection on the Occasion of the City's One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary 1842-1992 Robert Gray (editor), Vivian Smith (editor), Leichhardt : Primavera Press , 1992 Z309309 1992 anthology poetry humour Leichhardt : Primavera Press , 1992 pg. 64-66
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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. 121-123
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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. 121-123
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    y Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology John Leonard (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z461207 1998 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) A thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of first publication of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 76-78
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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. 82-83
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    y Harbour City Poems : Sydney in Verse, 1788-2008 Martin Langford (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1590539 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'From colonial origins to vibrant metropolis, Sydney has been portrayed with great liveliness and precision by its poets. This anthology's range extends from the foot of the Blue Mountains through the suburban heartlands to the harbour and the beach, incorporating numerous - and often conflicting - interpretations and images of the city. This is the first collection of Sydney-specific poems for twenty years. It includes such classics as Slessor's "Five Bells" and favourites like "Clancy of the Overflow" as well as a generous selection of very contemporary work and older verse tracing back to the town's verse.' (Publisher's blurb) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 130-132
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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. 88-89
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