y The Six Days of Creation sequence   poetry  
  • Author: James McAuley http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcauley-james
Issue Details: First known date: 1963 1963
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Notes

  • Originally published as 'The Six Days of Creation' in Australian Letters. After Surprises of the Sun, 1969, a seventh poem is added to the sequence and the title is changed.
  • Dedication: For Leonard French

Includes

The Fifth Day i "Tomorrow is the time", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 13) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 185-186) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 227)
The Third Day i "What violent rich tapestry", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 9) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 184-185) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 226)
The Second Day i "With sluice-holes for the rain,", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 7) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 184) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 225-226)
The First Day i "How can it be thought?", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 5) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 183-184) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 224-225)
The Sixth Day i "Pollen on the tacky stigma,", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 15) The Vital Decade : Ten Years of Australian Art and Letters 1968; (p. 86-87) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 186) Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986; (p. 214) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 228) Fivefathers : Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era 1994; (p. 154-155)
The Fourth Day i "The sun's glory by day,", James McAuley , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Letters , October vol. 6 no. 1 1963; (p. 11) The Vital Decade : Ten Years of Australian Art and Letters 1968; (p. 84-85) Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 185) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 226-227)
The Seventh Day i "Stillness is highest act,", James McAuley , 1971 single work poetry
— Appears in: Collected Poems 1936-1970 1971; (p. 186-187) The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry 1991; (p. 79) Collected Poems 1994; (p. 228-229)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Australian Letters vol. 6 no. 1 October 1963 Z589769 1963 periodical issue 1963 pg. 3-15
    Note: Illustrated by Leonard French.
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Australian Letters , ca. 1964 .
      Extent: [12] p., [6] leaves of platesp.
      Description: illus. (col).
      Note/s:
      • Reprint of the Australian Letters publication.
      Series: y Australian Poets and Artists Australian Artists and Poets Booklets Australian Letters (publisher), Adelaide : 1960- Z1085044 1960- series - publisher

      With a keen interest in art and poetry, the magazine Australian Letters commissioned a series of artist-poet collaborations, including contributions from Russell Drysdale and David Campbell, Donald Friend and Douglas Stewart, Leonard French and James McAuley, and Sidney Nolan and Randolph Stow. Eighteen of these collaborations formed part of the numbered series published in the journal. Fourteen of these were issued as separately published booklets.

      Dutton in his editorial in the final issue of Australian Letters refers to nineteen collaborations. The collaboration between Tony Butt and Charles Blackman in vol.7, no.4 (1967) is not numbered but may be the nineteenth in the series.

      Number in series: 12
  • Appears in:
    y Surprises of the Sun James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z136201 1969 selected work poetry The poems in this selection are grouped in five sections: 'On the Western Line' (autobiographical poems), 'Mutabilities', 'The Six Days of Creation' (which comprises a sequence with that title), 'On Parole' and 'Varia'. Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 pg. 32-38
    • Broadway, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Australian Music Centre , 1987 .
      Extent: 1 score (40p.)p.
      Note/s:
      • A cantata for soprano, contralto, and instrumental ensemble
      • Musical arrangement of McAuley's poems by Ian Cugley.
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

    'The Australian Poetry Library (APL) aims to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.

    This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited. Teachers, students and readers of Australian poetry can also create personalised anthologies, which can be purchased and downloaded. Print on demand versions will be availabe from Sydney University Press in the near future.

    It is hoped that the APL will encourage teachers to use more Australian material in their English classes, as well as making Australian poetry much more available to readers in remote and regional areas and overseas. It will also help Australian poets, not only by developing new audiences for their work but by allowing them to receive payment for material still in copyright, thus solving the major problem associated with making this material accessible on the Internet.

    The Australian Poetry Library is a joint initiative of the University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Begun in 2004 with a prototype site developed by leading Australian poet John Tranter, the project has been funded by a major Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), CAL and the University of Sydney Library. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, led by Professor Elizabeth Webby and John Tranter, in association with CAL, have developed the Australian Poetry Library as a permanent and wide-ranging Internet archive of Australian poetry resources.' Source: www.poetrylibrary.edu.au (Sighted 30/05/2011).

    Sydney : 2004-
    Note: With title: The Seven Days Of Creation
      ca. .
Alternative title: The Seven Days of Creation
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems 1936-1970 James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z136303 1971 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 183-187
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems James McAuley , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z37758 1994 collected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 224-229

Works about this Work

James McAuley (1917-1976) Margaret Giordano , Don Norman , 1984 single work biography
— Appears in: Tasmanian Literary Landmarks 1984; (p. 191-197)
James McAuley (1917-1976) Margaret Giordano , Don Norman , 1984 single work biography
— Appears in: Tasmanian Literary Landmarks 1984; (p. 191-197)
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