Dedication: This book is for Liam, Claudia, Elliot, Ella, Zoe, Chloe and Rex and all the other children of the 21st century.
In her introduction, the Editor describes River of Verse as 'fundamentally an historical journey, a distillation of Tasmanian history' in which she has aimed 'to represent the diversity of both Tasmanian life and poetic impulse'. Containing over two hundred poems by almost as many writers, this anthology is the most comprehensive selection of Tasmanian poetry currently available. As various as are the poems' subjects and themes, a significant number reflects the Editor's interest in conservation issues and her commitment to the preservation of the State's wilderness areas.
To provide a sense of 'historical chronology', the Editor has included dates alongside the titles of many poems, not appearing in the original versions. In most cases, these dates have been omitted from the AustLit Index of titles, but included in the notes on individual poems.