A Bowl of Pears single work   poetry   "Swarthy as oilcloth and as squat"
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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  • Appears in:
    y Afterimages Robert Gray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2002 Z947827 2002 selected work poetry prose Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2002 pg. 50-51
  • Appears in:
    y PN Review Poetry Nation Review; P.N.R. vol. 28 no. 5 May-June 2002 Z982567 2002 periodical issue 2002 pg. 15
  • Appears in:
    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. 752-754
  • Appears in:
    y Cumulus : Collected Poems Robert Gray , St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012 Z1893435 2012 selected work poetry 'This book is a landmark in Australian poetry. For Cumulus, Robert Gray has chosen all he wishes to retain from his eight volumes of poetry, some of it considerably and significantly revised. He has included here a new book, "Nameless Earth", not previously published in Australia.

    'Gray has been a daring and original experimenter in the free verse line, and also at times with traditional forms. Equally, his work is notable for its frequent, uncanny rightness in the creation of images. His thinking shows a remarkable fluency in both Eastern and Western philosophies (Gray has referred to himself as a Buddhist heretic). These are all modernist pathways, and this poetry negotiates them with a lucid, classical temper.

    'Most striking is an ever-alert immediacy—a perception and reflectiveness in the fluid moment. Whether through his sensuous language or his powerful engagement with ideas, Gray's poetry continually opens us to a fresh involvement with the physical world.' (From the publisher's website.)
    St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012
    pg. 266-267

Works about this Work

A Hymn to the Optic Nerve : The Poetry of Robert Gray Jeffrey Poacher , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 5 (New Series) 2003; (p. 223-229)
A Hymn to the Optic Nerve : The Poetry of Robert Gray Jeffrey Poacher , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 5 (New Series) 2003; (p. 223-229)
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