From The Testament of Tourmaline : Variations on Themes of the Tao Teh Ching single work   poetry   "The loved land breaks into beauties, and men must love them"
Alternative title: Variations on Themes of the Tao Teh Ching
Issue Details: First known date: 1966 1966
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Notes

  • A poem in twelve nubmered parts. Each part is loosely derived from the corresponding part of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu's Tao Teh Ching. Some of Stow's renditions utilise images of the Australian landscape.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Poetry Australia no. 12 October 1966 Z638000 1966 periodical issue 1966 pg. 7-10
  • Appears in:
    y A Counterfeit Silence : Selected Poems Randolph Stow , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z316341 1969 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 pg. 71-75
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1981 Z333005 1981 anthology poetry Selection of Australian poetry from the 1950s. Ringwood : Penguin , 1981 pg. 92-96
  • Appears in:
    y Randolph Stow : Visitants, Episodes from Other Novels, Poems, Stories, Interviews, and Essays Randolph Stow , Anthony J. Hassall (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z54227 1990 selected work novel poetry extract short story prose interview criticism St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 pg. 223-228
  • Appears in:
    y The Land's Meaning : New Selected Poems Randolph Stow , John Kinsella (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012 Z1871351 2012 selected work poetry

    'Randolph Stow's slim body of poetry weighs more than most oeuvres many times its size. It has few equals anywhere in the world. Groundbreaking, historic and essential, it is haunting, lyrical, mythical, spiritual and anchored in place.' John Kinsella (Trove record)

    Alternately prolific and silent, Randolph Stow won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1958 and the Patrick White Award in 1979. In The Land's Meaning, John Kinsella brings together selected works of one of Australia's finest modernist poets. Including previously uncollected pieces, the volume's wide ranging introduction provides a rich context for the work of this extraordinary and important poet in the most comprehensive collection of Stow's work to date. (Trove record)

    Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012
    pg. 143-148
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