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Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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Notes

  • 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

* 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.
The Reattachmenti"I almost had forgotten how they go together,", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 3)
The Libertinei"Ovid says two girls are fine,", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 4-5)
The Cowardi"Come and live with me, she says,", Michael Sharkey , 1982-1983 single work poetry (p. 6)
Marisai"Pour the wine, the wind is loud,", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 7)
Postcard (the Tourist)i"My love here is another little kiss", Michael Sharkey , 1979 single work poetry (p. 8)
Privy Memberi"Ian's wife hangs out around", Michael Sharkey , 1980 single work poetry (p. 9)
An Irish Lullabyi"Still we wake with jewelled wrists and ankles;", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 10)
A Bit of a Villon?i"In the Globe Hotel and Thompson", Michael Sharkey , 1981 single work poetry (p. 11)
The Critici"What she likes is clever things", Michael Sharkey , 1979 single work poetry Starting Again (p. 12)
The Revenanti"Today she waltzes back,", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 13-14)
Renti"I spend my time in rented rooms,", Michael Sharkey , 1981 single work poetry (p. 15)
The Idioti"For several years - was it three?", Michael Sharkey , 1982 single work poetry (p. 16)
Trenchant after Rhodopei"Nothing in excess: I've had enough.", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 17-23)
The Hotsi"Leaving all his wisdom standing", Michael Sharkey , 1984 single work poetry (p. 24-25)
Guy Fawkes Nighti"Roman candles light the windy suburbs;", Michael Sharkey , 1975 single work poetry (p. 29)
Sunday : Waitakerei"Morning and two parakeets", Michael Sharkey , 1978 single work poetry (p. 30)
Nighti"The river sits in silver light,", Michael Sharkey , 1978 single work poetry (p. 31)
Rockwall: Sandy Bluffi"The corner swerves across the gorge top;", Michael Sharkey , 1979 single work poetry (p. 32)
Long as You Know You're Living Yoursi"Sick of cities? buy a rope", Michael Sharkey , 1978 single work poetry satire (p. 33-35)
Te Henga : Waitakerei"Dew drops tick", Michael Sharkey , 1978 single work poetry (p. 36)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Poetry is Perfect for Expressing Feminist Ferroar Geoff Page , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 26-27 March 1988; (p. 18)

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Comic Sadness Julian Croft , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 70 1985; (p. 24-25)

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Poetry Bruce Beaver , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 16-17 February 1985;

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Attachment to Love and Wit Bruce Dawe , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Toowoomba Chronicle , 6 December 1984;

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Attachment to Love and Wit Bruce Dawe , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Toowoomba Chronicle , 6 December 1984;

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Comic Sadness Julian Croft , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 70 1985; (p. 24-25)

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Poetry Bruce Beaver , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 16-17 February 1985;

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
Poetry is Perfect for Expressing Feminist Ferroar Geoff Page , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 26-27 March 1988; (p. 18)

— Review of The Way It Is : Selected Poems Michael Sharkey 1984 selected work poetry
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