I Wish I Were... single work   poetry   "I wish I were in Orange"
Issue Details: First known date: 1962 1962
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  • This poem was written in response to a letter of congratulations sent to Slessor by the children of Class 5A, Orange Primary School on the occasion of his sixty-first birthday.
    Geoffrey Dutton asserts that this poem 'could be called [Slessor's] last published poem'. Kenneth Slessor : A Biography. Ringwood : Viking, 1991, p. 11. The poem is reproduced in Dutton's biography (p.11) and also in Douglas Stewart's A Man of Sydney : An Apprecication of Kenneth Slessor (p.25).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1962
Copy sent to Orange Primary School dated April 1962.
  • Appears in:
    y Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z396988 1994 collected work poetry drama Comprehensive collection of Slessor's work from earlier selections as well as previously uncollected work, with preface, chronology and extensive textual and explanatory notes. Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 323
Last amended 19 Feb 2003
  • Orange, Orange area, Bathurst - Orange area, Central West NSW, New South Wales,
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