An Exequy single work   poetry   "In wet May, in the months of change,"
  • Author: Peter Porter http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/porter-peter
Issue Details: First known date: 1975 1975
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  • Appears in:
    y Quadrant vol. 19 no. 8 November 1975 Z600483 1975 periodical issue 1975 pg. 23
  • Appears in:
    y The Cost of Seriousness Peter Porter , Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1978 Z577447 1978 selected work poetry Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1978
  • Appears in:
    y The Golden Apples of the Sun : Twentieth Century Australian Poetry Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 Z62463 1980 anthology poetry Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 pg. 151-154
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    y The Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, 1945-1980 D. J. Enright (editor), Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1980 Z813436 1980 anthology poetry Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1980 pg. 217-220
  • Appears in:
    y Westerly vol. 27 no. 1 March 1982 Z593217 1982 periodical issue 1982 pg. 58-61
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    y Quadrant Twenty-Five Years Lee Shrubb (editor), Vivian Smith (editor), Peter Coleman (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1982 Z103837 1982 anthology poetry short story criticism biography St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1982 pg. 535
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Peter Porter , Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z575458 1983 selected work poetry Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1983 pg. 246-249
  • Appears in:
    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 pg. 188-190
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    y A Porter Selected : Poems 1959-1989 Peter Porter , Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1989 Z8215 1989 selected work poetry Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1989 pg. 82-84
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    y The Hutchinson book of post-war British poets Dannie Abse , Sydney : Hutchinson , 1989 Z818813 1989 anthology poetry Sydney : Hutchinson , 1989 pg. 171-174
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    y Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century Robert Gray (editor), Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 Z27032 1991 anthology poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 pg. 244-246
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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. 150-152
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Peter Porter , Melbourne Oxford New York (City) : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z575458 1983 selected work poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1999 pg. 328-331
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 226-229
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 767-770
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 198-201
  • Appears in:
    y The Rest on the Flight : Selected Poems Peter Porter , London : Picador , 2010 Z1687048 2010 selected work poetry Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 pg. 176-179
  • Appears in:
    y 100 Australian Poems of Love and Loss Jamie Grant (editor), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2011 Z1758937 2011 anthology poetry Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2011 pg. 154-156
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 577-580
  • Appears in:
    y Poems That Make Grown Men Cry : 100 Men on the Words That Move Them New York (City) : Simon and Schuster , 2014 7396512 2014 anthology poetry New York (City) : Simon and Schuster , 2014 pg. 198
    Note: Chosen for the anthology by Ian McEwen.

Works about this Work

Read it and Weep James McNamara , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 June 2014; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry : 100 Men on the Words That Move Them 2014 anthology poetry
Swerving to Happiness : A Letter to the World : Love and Peter Porter Peter Steele , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , July-August vol. 12 no. 6 2002; (p. 34-41)
Swerving to Happiness : A Letter to the World : Love and Peter Porter Peter Steele , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , July-August vol. 12 no. 6 2002; (p. 34-41)
Read it and Weep James McNamara , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 June 2014; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry : 100 Men on the Words That Move Them 2014 anthology poetry
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