y Poetry Australia periodical  
Date: 1964-1973
Date: 1973-1979
Date: 1980-1987
Date: 1988-1992
Issue Details: First known date: 1964; Latest issue indexed: 1992 1964
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Following a dispute with the Poetry Society of Australia in 1964, for which she had been editor of Poetry Magazine since 1961, Grace Perry founded Poetry Australia and the publishing house South Head Press.

Committed to producing a fine poetry magazine devoid of factions, Perry published a diverse range of styles and subjects in Poetry Australia. The magazine also fostered emerging Australian poets, sponsoring many workshops, literary seminars and visits from overseas writers. Commemorative issues were devoted to Francis Webb and David Campbell and special regional issues devoted to Australian states and territories were also produced. In addition, the work of individual poets such as John Tranter, Jennifer Maiden, John Millett, Heather Cam, Peter Goldsworthy and Meredith Wattison was featured in special issues. In 1985 a selection of poems mostly by well-established poets appeared in Poetry Australia - Twenty One Years, celebrating twenty-one years of publication.

Perry aimed to produce a magazine of international significance while maintaining a strong Australian presence. To this end, the work of many international writers, including translations, appeared in Poetry Australia, but most issues did not identify the contributors' nationality. International contributors included Ezra Pound, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Richard Murphy and Margaret Atwood. Translations included early Russian poets by Rosemary Dobson and David Campbell, Laurence Springarn's translations from Portugese and Mark Scrivener's translations of German classics. Poetry Australia also published special issues of New Zealand, Canadian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and Flemish, American, Gaelic, French, Austrian, Swedish and Papua New Guinean poetry.

In 1985 the magazine won the NSW Premier's Special Literary Award. Grace Perry died in 1987. John Millett continued as editor until 1992 when Poetry Australia ceased production. Millett subsequently helped to establish the Poetry Australia Fund and this fund was instrumental in the establishment in 2002 of the magazine Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, which editor Ron Pretty declares is in 'direct line of succession from Poetry Australia.'

Notes

  • RANGE: 1964-1992; no.1 (1964) - no.133 (1992).
  • FREQUENCY: bimonthly, 1964-1970; quarterly, 1971-1992.
  • SIZE: 23cm

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Poetry in a Shrinking World Craig Powell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 10 no. 3 2003; (p. 9-11)
Powell traces some of the history of the Poetry Society of Australia and Grace Perry's falling out with the organisation, leading to the establishment of Poetry Australia. He also mentions the separate publication, Poetry Magazine, that was published under the auspices of the Poetry Society. Powell relates his own involvement with these journals and comments on his dual career as poet and psychoanalyst.
Too Few Homes for Poems Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 January 1999; (p. 19)
Chiron College Thomas Shapcott , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 7 no. 2 1995; (p. 8-16)
In Memory of Margaret Diesendorf Patricia Munro , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 152 1993; (p. 58-59)
Our Poets Arrive, Confused at the Dawn of a New Era Max Harris , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 1989; (p. 11)
Poetry Whips Literary Leader of the Pack Elizabeth Swanson , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 26-27 November. 1988; (p. 10)
Literary Funding Thomas Shapcott , 1987 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , July vol. 31 no. 7 1987; (p. 6)
Towards the Islands: Poetry Australia Special Issues 1968-1985 Elizabeth Perkins , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 101 1985; (p. 69-78)
After 100 Bruce Beaver , Brenda Beaver , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 82-84)
Poetry Australia at One Hundred an Impression and Appreciation Herbert C. Jaffa , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 101 1985; (p. 4-7)
Scarab as Cypher : Poetry Australia in the Eighties Peter Murphy , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 4-12) Echange Sud 1989; (p. 10-31)
Poetry Australia : One Hundred Issues Thomas Shapcott , 1985 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 77-79)
An Interview with Les Murray Paul Kavanagh , Peter Kuch , 1984 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 44 no. 4 1984; (p. 367-378)
Scholarship vs Memory : The State of the Party Philip Benham , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , June no. 88 1983; (p. 32-37)
Looking at Appearances Peter Murphy , 1983 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , June no. 88 1983; (p. 29-31)
Inside Poetry Australia 'Locum at Lyons Road' Locum at Lyons Road : My Years at Poetry Australia Les Murray , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 27 no. 4 1983; (p. 16-24) Persistence in Folly 1984; (p. 130-148)
Some Further Notes on 'Poetry Australia' or : Through a Spilt Glass Philip Benham , 1982 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , April no. 83 1982; (p. 59-62)
Little Magazines in the 1970s Peter Pierce , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cross Currents : Magazines and Newspapers in Australian Literature 1981; (p. 219-227)
Sales Tax a Savage Blow to Small Magazines Greg Sheridan , 1981 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 15 September vol. 101 no. 5280 1981; (p. 28,30)
Some Notes on 'Poetry Australia' Philip Benham , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , [Double issue] July no. 74-75 1980; (p. 121-123)
No.13 Reviews: 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 February 1967; (p. 9)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
Untitled Bruce Beaver , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 April 1967; (p. 17)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
A Major Poetic Scoop Within the Local Dichotomy of Verse R. Hall , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 1967; (p. 9)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
No.20 Reviews: Katharine England , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 18 March 1968; (p. 16)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
Poetry in a Shrinking World Craig Powell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 10 no. 3 2003; (p. 9-11)
Powell traces some of the history of the Poetry Society of Australia and Grace Perry's falling out with the organisation, leading to the establishment of Poetry Australia. He also mentions the separate publication, Poetry Magazine, that was published under the auspices of the Poetry Society. Powell relates his own involvement with these journals and comments on his dual career as poet and psychoanalyst.
Some Notes on 'Poetry Australia' Philip Benham , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , [Double issue] July no. 74-75 1980; (p. 121-123)
Scholarship vs Memory : The State of the Party Philip Benham , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , June no. 88 1983; (p. 32-37)
Some Further Notes on 'Poetry Australia' or : Through a Spilt Glass Philip Benham , 1982 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , April no. 83 1982; (p. 59-62)
The Poet and the Public Ronald T. Dunlop , 1967 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Magazine , no. 3 1967; (p. 3-6)
Looking at Appearances Peter Murphy , 1983 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , June no. 88 1983; (p. 29-31)
Too Few Homes for Poems Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 January 1999; (p. 19)
Our Poets Arrive, Confused at the Dawn of a New Era Max Harris , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 1989; (p. 11)
Towards the Islands: Poetry Australia Special Issues 1968-1985 Elizabeth Perkins , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 101 1985; (p. 69-78)
After 100 Bruce Beaver , Brenda Beaver , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 82-84)
Poetry Australia at One Hundred an Impression and Appreciation Herbert C. Jaffa , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , no. 101 1985; (p. 4-7)
Scarab as Cypher : Poetry Australia in the Eighties Peter Murphy , 1985 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 4-12) Echange Sud 1989; (p. 10-31)
Poetry Australia : One Hundred Issues Thomas Shapcott , 1985 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , March no. 100 1985; (p. 77-79)
Literary Funding Thomas Shapcott , 1987 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , July vol. 31 no. 7 1987; (p. 6)
Poetry Whips Literary Leader of the Pack Elizabeth Swanson , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 26-27 November. 1988; (p. 10)
Little Magazines in the 1970s Peter Pierce , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cross Currents : Magazines and Newspapers in Australian Literature 1981; (p. 219-227)
Note Cyril Pearl , 1969 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 May 1969;
An Achievement in Australian Poetry Clement Semmler , 1980 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , [Double issue] July no. 74-75 1980; (p. 7-8)
Circulation of Poetry Australia Cyril Pearl , 1969 single work
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 May 1969;
Australian Poetry - The Tradition of the New Noel Macainsh , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March-April vol. 19 no. 2 1975; (p. 34-41)

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