y Alice in Wormland selected work   poetry  
  • Author: Dorothy Hewett http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hewett-dorothy
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Notes

  • This book contains a continuously numbered series of poem sequences.
  • Epigraph: If you stop believing in Hermes he doesn't go away, you just stop understanding what's happening to you. Russell Hoban.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Paper Bark Press , 1987 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Prefacei"Alice", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. v)
Dedicationi"there was a boy called Nim", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. iii)
The Alice Poems, Dorothy Hewett , 1987 sequence poetry (p. 1-10)
1i"She stands under the almond trees", Dorothy Hewett , 1980 single work poetry (p. 3)
2i"Sometimes she walks with a crutch", Dorothy Hewett , 1980 single work poetry (p. 3)
3i"The ocean of yellow wheat", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 4-5)
4i"Under the swallows' nests", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 4-5)
5i"her grandfather was a window dresser", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 5-6)
7i"Malcolm McCauley wrote", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 7)
6i"she came", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 7)
8i"in the gully under the mopokes", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 8-9)
9i"Hallucinating in the daze of summer", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 9-10)
10i"In the Dream Girl's Garden", Dorothy Hewett , 1987 single work poetry (p. 10)
The Nim Poems, Dorothy Hewett , 1987 sequence poetry (p. 11-20)
11 : 1i"So Alice invented Nim (the sinister boy)", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 13)
11 : 2i"In her secret garden", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 14)
11 : 3i"After the locust plague", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 15)
11 : 5i"You can't swim the blood", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 16)
11 : 4i"Alice turning eleven", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 16)
11 : 6i"She swelled & swelled all winter", Dorothy Hewett , 1981 single work poetry (p. 17-18)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bloodaxe Books , 1990 .
      Extent: 96p.

Works about this Work

Sharon Olds, Gwen Harwood and Dorothy Hewett: Truth, Lies, Poetry Ann-Marie Priest , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite , November no. 56 2016;
'In 2008, US poet Sharon Olds came out about her poetry, admitting that her writing is based on her own life. Since the publication of her first book, Satan Says, in 1980, when she was thirty-seven, she’d been evading questions about the biographical basis of her work. In her rare interviews, she would gently correct ‘personal’ to ‘apparently personal’ as a description of her poems and emphasise with kindly patience that they were works of art, not autobiography. Then, in her late sixties, she changed her mind. She confirmed that the man dying slowly from a throat tumour in her book The Father was her own father; that the woman who in a number of poems ties her young daughter to a chair was the poet’s own mother; that the marriage whose end is painfully documented in Stag’s Leap was Olds’s own thirty-two-year marriage. In an email to an interviewer, she explained her re-think with reference to a reading she once gave at a high school. ‘A student said: ‘If I thought you’d made up all the stuff in your poems, I’d be really mad at you,’’ she writes. ‘And I knew how he felt, and in his place I’d feel the same way.’ Far from being offended by the idea that a reader might connect her poems with her life, she had taken that link for granted. She had assumed that the reader would know the poems had emerged from her own experience, even if she had never explicitly said so. ‘It had not crossed my mind really that anyone would make up a life, make up these stories,’ she goes on. ‘It seemed so obvious to me they were being told, sung, from some inner necessity that rose in an actual life.’' (Publication extract)
Alice in Oz : A Children's Classic between Imperial Nostalgia and Transcultural Reinvention Sissy Helff , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commodifying (Post) Colonialism : Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English 2010; (p. 77-91)
The Tragedy of Desire : Dorothy Hewett's Poetics Lyn McCredden , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: Heat , no. 6 (New Series) 2003; (p. 203-213)
Tackling Borders Lyn McCredden , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 200 1998; (p. 52)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Coming to Terms with the Ghosts Jenny Digby (interviewer), 1996 single work interview criticism biography
— Appears in: A Woman's Voice : Conversations with Australian Poets 1996; (p. 218-240)
Making the Self : Myth, History and the Body in Dorothy Hewett's Poetry Rose Lucas , Lyn McCredden , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry 1996; (p. 68-81)
Dorothy Hewett and the Left John McLaren , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 32-52)
A Ride with Love and Death: Writing the Legend of a Glittering Girl Jennifer Strauss , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 53-69)
Imaging Dorothy Hewett Lyn McCredden , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 127-140)
The Wheel, the Mirror and the Tower: Desire in the Writings of Dorothy Hewett David Brooks , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 180-201)
Dorothy Hewett Geoff Page , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry 1995; (p. 119-124)
'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Dorothy Hewett Marie-Louise Ayres , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: 'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Negotiations of Identity in the Poetry of Dorothy Auchterlonie, Rosemary Dobson, Dorothy Hewett and J.S. Harry 1994; (p. 189-245)
Dorothy Hewett: Constructing the Self in Poetry and Autobiography Shirley Walker , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Vanishing Edens : Responses to Australia in the Works of Mary Gilmore, Judith Wright and Dorothy Hewett 1992; (p. 43-64)
The Boundaries of the Audience John McLaren , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , April no. 30 1990; (p. 2-17)
A Tremendous World in Her Head : Introduction Kirsten Holst Petersen , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Tremendous World in Her Head : Selected Poems 1989; (p. ix-xvii)
Possessed by Life Jennifer Strauss , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , March no. 110 1988; (p. 80)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Untitled i "In what city, in what room", Gwen Harwood , 1987 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 32 no. 4 1987; (p. 102)
Launching Dorothy and Alice Fay Zwicky , 1987 single work review criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 95 1987; (p. 25-26)
Foreword : The Negative Side of Criticism Elizabeth Swanson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 August 1987; (p. 15)
Poet on a Hot Tin Roof Evan Jones , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 November 1987; (p. 17)

— Review of A Hunger to be Less Serious Sarah Day 1987 selected work poetry ; Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry ; Waking and Always : poems Andrew Lansdown 1987 selected work poetry
Poet on a Hot Tin Roof Evan Jones , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 November 1987; (p. 17)

— Review of A Hunger to be Less Serious Sarah Day 1987 selected work poetry ; Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry ; Waking and Always : poems Andrew Lansdown 1987 selected work poetry
Pieces of a Passionate Life Arranged Judith Rodriguez , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 October 1987; (p. 46)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Untitled Gwen Harwood , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 32 no. 4 1987; (p. 101-102)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Worm in Alice's Wonderland Rosemary O'Grady , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 October 1987; (p. 9)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Wretchedness and Exuberance : Tackling Borders Lyn McCredden , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 95 1987; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Possessed by Life Jennifer Strauss , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , March no. 110 1988; (p. 80)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Tackling Borders Lyn McCredden , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 200 1998; (p. 52)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Review J. Heath , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 August 1987; (p. 13)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
Review 1987 single work review
— Appears in: New Theatre Australia , unknown period no. 1 1987; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Alice in Wormland Dorothy Hewett 1987 selected work poetry
The Tragedy of Desire : Dorothy Hewett's Poetics Lyn McCredden , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: Heat , no. 6 (New Series) 2003; (p. 203-213)
Alice in Oz : A Children's Classic between Imperial Nostalgia and Transcultural Reinvention Sissy Helff , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commodifying (Post) Colonialism : Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English 2010; (p. 77-91)
Untitled i "In what city, in what room", Gwen Harwood , 1987 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 32 no. 4 1987; (p. 102)
Dorothy Hewett: Constructing the Self in Poetry and Autobiography Shirley Walker , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Vanishing Edens : Responses to Australia in the Works of Mary Gilmore, Judith Wright and Dorothy Hewett 1992; (p. 43-64)
Coming to Terms with the Ghosts Jenny Digby (interviewer), 1996 single work interview criticism biography
— Appears in: A Woman's Voice : Conversations with Australian Poets 1996; (p. 218-240)
The Boundaries of the Audience John McLaren , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , April no. 30 1990; (p. 2-17)
'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Dorothy Hewett Marie-Louise Ayres , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: 'Me is Not a Stable Reality' : Negotiations of Identity in the Poetry of Dorothy Auchterlonie, Rosemary Dobson, Dorothy Hewett and J.S. Harry 1994; (p. 189-245)
Dorothy Hewett and the Left John McLaren , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 32-52)
A Ride with Love and Death: Writing the Legend of a Glittering Girl Jennifer Strauss , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 53-69)
Imaging Dorothy Hewett Lyn McCredden , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 127-140)
The Wheel, the Mirror and the Tower: Desire in the Writings of Dorothy Hewett David Brooks , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 180-201)
Launching Dorothy and Alice Fay Zwicky , 1987 single work review criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 95 1987; (p. 25-26)
Foreword : The Negative Side of Criticism Elizabeth Swanson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 August 1987; (p. 15)
Making the Self : Myth, History and the Body in Dorothy Hewett's Poetry Rose Lucas , Lyn McCredden , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry 1996; (p. 68-81)
A Tremendous World in Her Head : Introduction Kirsten Holst Petersen , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Tremendous World in Her Head : Selected Poems 1989; (p. ix-xvii)
Dorothy Hewett Geoff Page , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry 1995; (p. 119-124)
Rapunzel in Windmill Country Rod Moran (interviewer), 1987 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , December vol. 2 no. 12 1987; (p. 3-5)
Dorothy's Alice in a Land of Oz Jane Heath , 1987 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 August 1987; (p. 13)
Sharon Olds, Gwen Harwood and Dorothy Hewett: Truth, Lies, Poetry Ann-Marie Priest , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite , November no. 56 2016;
'In 2008, US poet Sharon Olds came out about her poetry, admitting that her writing is based on her own life. Since the publication of her first book, Satan Says, in 1980, when she was thirty-seven, she’d been evading questions about the biographical basis of her work. In her rare interviews, she would gently correct ‘personal’ to ‘apparently personal’ as a description of her poems and emphasise with kindly patience that they were works of art, not autobiography. Then, in her late sixties, she changed her mind. She confirmed that the man dying slowly from a throat tumour in her book The Father was her own father; that the woman who in a number of poems ties her young daughter to a chair was the poet’s own mother; that the marriage whose end is painfully documented in Stag’s Leap was Olds’s own thirty-two-year marriage. In an email to an interviewer, she explained her re-think with reference to a reading she once gave at a high school. ‘A student said: ‘If I thought you’d made up all the stuff in your poems, I’d be really mad at you,’’ she writes. ‘And I knew how he felt, and in his place I’d feel the same way.’ Far from being offended by the idea that a reader might connect her poems with her life, she had taken that link for granted. She had assumed that the reader would know the poems had emerged from her own experience, even if she had never explicitly said so. ‘It had not crossed my mind really that anyone would make up a life, make up these stories,’ she goes on. ‘It seemed so obvious to me they were being told, sung, from some inner necessity that rose in an actual life.’' (Publication extract)
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