Author's Preface: The Poems in the collection were written in New Zealand and Fiji as well as Australia. Central groupings incorporate works about Pacific and Australian places and moods. The opening section contains observations on the sport of love; the final sections holds responses to contemporary poets' views of experiences. The first two poems in the final section are taken from the sequence 'Days of Philangering', which was awarded the twelfth annual H. M. Butterly - F. Earle Hooper Memorial Award in 1981 for best contribution to Southerly. The title of the section conveys my appreciation of Les A. Murray's hospitality toward me for several years....
Dedication: This collection is dedicated to my parents and my daughters. Michael Sharkey Toowoomba.
This book contains a selection of poems written between 1974 and 1984. Many have been published in editions now out of print, and others are collected for the first time.(Back cover)
* Contents derived from the Toowoomba,Toowoomba area,Darling Downs,Queensland,:Darling Downs Institute Press,1984 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.