Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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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.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Oxford University Press , 1998 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Draw a Lioni"they said. With a yellow noose I caught one", Rebecca Edwards , 1998 single work poetry (p. 1)
Moonboati"full tide reels you", Rebecca Edwards , 1997 single work poetry (p. 1)
Eating the Experience: A Reminderi"When you nail yourself", Rebecca Edwards , 1998 single work poetry (p. 2)
As a Child I Invented a Booki"As a child I invented a book", Jacinta Le Plastrier , 1996 single work poetry (p. 2)
Construction Sitei"I am not talking of the wall's scream, how it screamed so whitely.", Jacinta Le Plastrier , 1996 single work poetry (p. 3)
Liverpooli"[First line removed at the request of Coral Hull]", Coral Hull , 1995 single work poetry (p. 3-6)
Chemicali"Boom-arm pod-fed nuzzles teaming foam", John Kinsella , 1993 single work poetry (p. 6)
Heartbreak Drivei"Heartbreak Drive, Cocos's Boulevard", John Kinsella , 1996 single work poetry (p. 6-7)
Lonelinessi"loneliness.", Alison Croggon , 1998 single work poetry (p. 7)
Notesi"the angle of your face", Alison Croggon , 1997 single work poetry (p. 8)
Ode to Walt Whitmani"Did you see me Walt Whitman beside my meagre river where I", Alison Croggon , 1997 single work poetry (p. 8-9)
Notesi"who was going to save you", Alison Croggon , 1997 single work poetry (p. 9)
They Flew Me in on the Concorde from Parisi"They flew me in on the Concorde from Paris", Emma Lew , 1995 single work poetry (p. 9-10)
Trench Musici"There's an old heaven at work in me,", Emma Lew , 1996 single work poetry (p. 10)
Headcount (1788)i"so far: 1 Governor (Phillip) and his staff", Jordie Albiston , 1996 single work poetry (p. 11)
Letter Home (Margaret Catchpole)i"My dear Uncle and Aunt", Jordie Albiston , 1996 single work poetry (p. 11-12)
Like Yeast in Breadi"In the old women's ward", Dipti Saravanamuttu , 1993 single work poetry (p. 12-14)
2 : Poemi"When a loneliness we'll all believe", Dipti Saravanamuttu , 1988 single work poetry (p. 14)
Sue and Du : The Spirit of One Tribe is Alli"The Wakka Wakka are there", Lionel Fogarty , 1998 single work poetry (p. 14-15)
Frisky Poem and Riskyi"Regarding respects I'm fully purchased within my own exchanges", Lionel Fogarty , 1994 single work poetry (p. 15-16)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

The Environmental Ethics of Australian Nature Poems Norbert H. Platz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 81-101)
‘The basic contention inspiring this paper is: poets care about Australia’s physical environment and human survival in Australia. Australian literature contains a substantial body of knowledge that could be deployed to constitute the imaginative core of an environmental ethic. Thus a great many Australian literary texts could be studied with the purpose of helping to usher in the desirable concept of an environmentally literate community. The essay is divided into two sections. Section one will provide a brief survey of environmental ethics. This survey is followed by the exposition of six deontic or prescriptive outlines, to be supplemented by some eudaemonic considerations. The latter envisage the notion of the ‘good life,’ in harmony with nature. In section two, important insights furnished by environmental ethics will be used as an orientation towards identifying the environmental concerns shown in a variety of Australian nature poems. Among the authors considered are Bruce Dawe, Dorothy Hewett, John Kinsella, Mark O’Connor, John Shaw Neilson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), and last but not least Judith Wright. As will be seen, there are many convergences and correspondences between the basic claims made by environmental ethics, and the environmental insights and experiences that have been accumulated in a noteworthy corpus of Australian nature poems. What is enshrined in these poems is the ‘collective prudence,’ not only of a cultural elite, but also of the modern Everyman.’ (Author’s abstract p.81)
Untitled Komninos Zervos , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 223-224)

— Review of The Moment Made Marvellous : A Celebration of UQP Poetry 1998 anthology poetry ; Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Poetry Going Back from the Present Ralph Elliott , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 August 1999; (p. 22)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Reverse Chronology Gig Ryan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Review , Spring vol. 89 no. 1 1999; (p. 81-83)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Poetry : Anthology Offers a Pluralist Account of Australian Poetry David McCooey , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 13 no. 1 1999; (p. 56-57)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
A Worthy Collection Philip Mead , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 204 1998; (p. 36-38)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
A Canonical Overview Nathan Hollier , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 101)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
A Worthy Collection Philip Mead , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 204 1998; (p. 36-38)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
A Canonical Overview Nathan Hollier , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 101)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Poetry Going Back from the Present Ralph Elliott , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 August 1999; (p. 22)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Reverse Chronology Gig Ryan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Review , Spring vol. 89 no. 1 1999; (p. 81-83)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Poetry : Anthology Offers a Pluralist Account of Australian Poetry David McCooey , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 13 no. 1 1999; (p. 56-57)

— Review of Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
Untitled Komninos Zervos , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 223-224)

— Review of The Moment Made Marvellous : A Celebration of UQP Poetry 1998 anthology poetry ; Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology 1998 anthology poetry
The Environmental Ethics of Australian Nature Poems Norbert H. Platz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 81-101)
‘The basic contention inspiring this paper is: poets care about Australia’s physical environment and human survival in Australia. Australian literature contains a substantial body of knowledge that could be deployed to constitute the imaginative core of an environmental ethic. Thus a great many Australian literary texts could be studied with the purpose of helping to usher in the desirable concept of an environmentally literate community. The essay is divided into two sections. Section one will provide a brief survey of environmental ethics. This survey is followed by the exposition of six deontic or prescriptive outlines, to be supplemented by some eudaemonic considerations. The latter envisage the notion of the ‘good life,’ in harmony with nature. In section two, important insights furnished by environmental ethics will be used as an orientation towards identifying the environmental concerns shown in a variety of Australian nature poems. Among the authors considered are Bruce Dawe, Dorothy Hewett, John Kinsella, Mark O’Connor, John Shaw Neilson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), and last but not least Judith Wright. As will be seen, there are many convergences and correspondences between the basic claims made by environmental ethics, and the environmental insights and experiences that have been accumulated in a noteworthy corpus of Australian nature poems. What is enshrined in these poems is the ‘collective prudence,’ not only of a cultural elite, but also of the modern Everyman.’ (Author’s abstract p.81)
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