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.
* Contents derived from the Buckland,Southeast Tasmania,Tasmania,:Back River Press,2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Note: The Editor titles the poem '1842 Coat of Arms' and states that it comes from 'the manuscript of James Lester Burke, ed, The Adventures of Martin Cash (1870) [and that the] lines were recited by MacNamara to his fellow convicts in Port Arthur as they celebrated Christmas of 1842.' (p.233)
Note: Editor's note: From a manuscript in the Mitchell Library. An article in the Bulletin, 10 March 1888 gives two lines of a different version: "Squatters' home and prisoners' hell / Land of Sodom, fare thee well".
Includes Endnotes, Biographical Notes and a Bibliography.
Contents (pp. vi-xii) list Edna Refshaw's poem 'The Maatsuyker' twice, but omits Steve Kenny's 'The Eastcoaster Fisherman' (p. 219). Barney Roberts' poem 'Horrie Solves Nothing at the Tarkine' is listed in the contents as 'Horries Goes to the Tarkine'.