Schrodinger's Cat Preaches to the Mice single work   poetry   "Silk-whispering of knife on stone,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Notes

  • Dedication: to A.D. Hope
  • In 1935 Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961) published a three-part essay on The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics in which his famous Schrodinger's cat paradox appears. This was a thought experiment where a cat in a closed box either lived or died according to whether a quantum event occurred. The paradox was that both universes, one with a dead cat and one with a live one, seemed to exist in parallel until an observer opened the box.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Overland no. 108 September 1987 Z595335 1987 periodical issue 1987 pg. 25
  • Appears in:
    y Bone Scan Gwen Harwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988 Z527016 1988 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988 pg. 26-27
  • Appears in:
    y Kiwi and Emu : An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Australian and New Zealand Women Barbara Petrie (editor), Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1989 Z242813 1989 anthology poetry Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1989 pg. 109-110
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems [1990] Gwen Harwood , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z313285 1990 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 pg. 186-187
  • Appears in:
    y The Oxford Book of Australian Light Verse R. F. Brissenden (editor), Philip Grundy (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 Z424830 1991 anthology poetry humour satire South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 pg. 76
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    y The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse Peter Porter (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z397894 1996 anthology poetry extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 52-53
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems : A New Edition Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 Z824188 2001 selected work poetry Details of the changes made in compiling this selection are outlined in the editor's introduction . Some poems not appearing in previous selections, as well as some unpublished poems, have been added; some poems previously appearing have been omitted. Textual emendations have been made to some works. Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 pg. 197-198
  • Appears in:
    y Gwen Harwood : Collected Poems 1943-1995 Gwen Harwood , Alison Hoddinott (editor), Gregory Kratzmann (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2003 Z1008048 2003 collected work poetry (taught in 1 units) 'This collection represents the full body of Gwen Harwood's poetry: all six published volumes, as well as most of her uncollected poems ... with an editorial introduction, and extensive notes providing background to particular poems or obscure references ... The poet's own biographical notes on the pseudonymous selves she adopted in her poems of the 1960s and 1970s add further value.' (Cover) St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2003 pg. 392-393
  • Appears in:
    y Mappings of the Plane : New Selected Poems Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Manchester : Fyfield Books , 2009 Z1635144 2009 selected work poetry

    'Gwen Harwood (1920-1995) is one of the best loved Australian poets of the twentieth century - and a fierce prankster, who published poems under half-a-dozen names and identities. By turns poignant, sensuous and mischievous, passionately musical, her poetry is marked by sure intelligence and a quicksilver, anti-authoritarian wit.

    'This new selection of her poetry from 1943 to her death makes the full range of the work accessible for the first time to poetry-lovers in the northern hemisphere. With an introduction by the leading Harwood critic Gregory Kratzmann and the Australian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe, who corresponded with Harwood, the selection includes hitherto little-known work along with poems which have become part of the central canon of Australian poetry.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Manchester : Fyfield Books , 2009
    pg. 105-106

Works about this Work

Gwen's Wild Passion and Strict Structures Giles Hugo (interviewer), 1989 single work interview criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 7 October 1989; (p. 19)
Gwen's Wild Passion and Strict Structures Giles Hugo (interviewer), 1989 single work interview criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 7 October 1989; (p. 19)
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