Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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Notes

  • Dedication: To Saint Maximilian Kolbe born Zdunska Wola 1894 died Auschwitz 1941.
  • Epigraph: 'the point is that when you do love a thing / its gladness is a reason for loving it, / and its sadness a reason for loving it more...' G.K. Chesterton
  • Epigraph: 'Sometimes gladness crooks me like an arm...' Full text of poem 'Sometimes Gladness', first published Twentieth Century vol.25 Spring 1970, pp. 29-30.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Pearson Education , 2006 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Katrinai"Katrina, now you are suspended between earth and sky.", Bruce Dawe , 1968 single work poetry (p. 83)
Autobiographyi"I lived for a certain number of years on the earth's surface", Bruce Dawe , 2002 single work poetry (p. 295)
Reflections Upon Re-reading Julius Caesari"Brave men and women every single day", Bruce Dawe , 2006 single work poetry (p. 296)
Othernesses Other Than Our Owni"Sometimes I think it is in other natures that we understand", Bruce Dawe , 2003 single work poetry (p. 297)
The Human Momenti"Most horrible of all: those undramatic", Bruce Dawe , 1996 single work poetry (p. 298)
Mowing the Lawni"Shakespeare was right: who is there better placed", Bruce Dawe , 2003 single work poetry (p. 299)
The Riveri"When children come, we first may think", Bruce Dawe , 2005 single work poetry (p. 300)
Inheritancei"However much they try (in the afterwards)", Bruce Dawe , 2005 single work poetry (p. 301)
The Paper-barki"With the tree gone, the not-there lingers still", Bruce Dawe , 2004 single work poetry (p. 302)
The Danceri"Known locally as the Egg on Legs", Bruce Dawe , 2006 single work poetry (p. 303)
Something to Look Forward toi"Something to look forward to...such necessary", Bruce Dawe , 2004 single work poetry (p. 304)
Drayton Cemetery Memoryi"I think you come back here often,", Bruce Dawe , 2002 single work poetry (p. 305)
For Anniei"To find I had a sister", Bruce Dawe , 2002 single work poetry (p. 306-07)
Walking the Dogi"Walking the dog, it is as though the spirit trots", Bruce Dawe , 2006 single work poetry (p. 308)
The Job at Box Hilli"That was some job", Bruce Dawe , 2006 single work poetry (p. 309)
Boronia Memoriesi"I used to walk down this forgotten road", Bruce Dawe , 2006 single work poetry (p. 310)
Clothi"I came into my third family", Bruce Dawe , 2003 single work poetry (p. 311)
Wednesday in Edeni"With the rain gone and sunlight", Bruce Dawe , 2003 single work poetry (p. 312)
Affairs of the Heart, Bruce Dawe , 2006 sequence poetry (p. 313)
An Affair of the Heart (after an angiogram)i"Drifting over the horizon came this small cloud", Bruce Dawe , 1997 single work poetry (p. 313)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Pearson Education , 2006 .
      Extent: xxi, 337p.p.
      Edition info: 6th ed.
      Description: port.
      Reprinted: 2007
      Note/s:
      • Includes indexes.
      • Preface and Introduction by Bruce Dawe.
      • Indexing in progress.
      ISBN: 0733978797 (pbk.), 9780733978791 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

y Bruce Dawe : Life Cycle Stephany Steggall , Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2009 Z1627487 2009 single work biography

'Bruce Dawe: Life Cycle acknowledges one of Australia's best known poets and one of his best known poems. His life cycles have been poverty, perseverance and personal happiness; the rhythms of his being are the rhythms of his poetry - persistently fearless in speaking out on social and political issues; consistently sensitive and lyrical about painful concerns; insistently witty and satirical on just about anything. His range of poetry resists wrong and reveals a great love of his fellow man and a deep understanding of life. This biography is the first time that Dawe's life has been interpreted in full through his poetry, and the poems take on new significance when read in this context. The subject is telling some of the story in his own words - in poems.

Sometimes Gladness is Dawe's signature title and a best-seller of about 130,000 copies. Now in it's sixth edition, the book expresses a life long attempt to understand the balance between gladness and grief, the common factors of human experience. Verse cartooning and satirical humour, the constants of more than fifty years of writing, are much admired and enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. Dawe, one of Australia's first and most successful performance poets, provides imaginative scope to fill the spaces between humour and the pathos.

The reader of Bruce Dawe: Life Cycle shares a large experience, which effectively starts with 'Strictly En Passant', the first poem in the first book, No Fixed Address. Dawe looks forward to the multiplicity of 'feel and fragrance, sound and sheen' that his life will hold and he anticipates that, while he may not fully understand yet the meaning of a satisfactory existence, 'Time may build on this...' the existence culminates in 'Autobiography', in which Dawe measures what has been built. He says that he 'wouldn't have missed for anything' the experience of his life.' (Publisher's blurb)

Uncommon Voice of the Common Laurie Clancy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 October 2008; (p. 11)

— Review of Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
Poetry Alison Hoddinott , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 108 2007; (p. 38-42)

— Review of Letters Lifted into Poetry : Selected Correspondence between David Campbell and Douglas Stewart, 1946-1979 David Campbell Douglas Stewart 2006 selected work correspondence poetry ; Hardening of the Light : Selected Poems David Campbell 2006 selected work poetry ; Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
'So You Make a Shadow' : Australian Poetry in Review 2006-2007 Lyn McCredden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 81-98)

— Review of Vertigo (a Cantata) Jordie Albiston 2007 selected work poetry ; All the Time in the World Dennis Haskell 2006 selected work poetry ; The Escape Sonnets and Other Poetry Brian Edwards 2006 selected work poetry ; Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry ; Ocean Island Julian Croft 2006 selected work poetry ; I'm Not Racist, But... : A Collection of Social Observations Anita Heiss 2007 selected work poetry ; Excess Baggage and Claim Terry Jaensch Cyril Wong 2007 selected work poetry ; The Passion Paintings : Poems 1983-2006 Aileen Kelly 2006 selected work poetry ; Typewriter Music David Malouf 2007 selected work poetry ; Fredy Neptune Les Murray 1998 single work novel ; Lawrie and Shirley, The Final Cadenza : A Movie in Verse Geoff Page 2006 single work novel ; A Difficult Faith : Poems Mark Reid 2006 selected work poetry ; A Paddock in His Head Brendan Ryan 2007 selected work poetry ; The City of Empty Rooms Thomas Shapcott 2006 selected work poetry ; Helen of Troy and Other Poems Dimitris Tsaloumas 2007 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White 2007 selected work poetry
Open Dawe Nicholas Birns , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 286 2006; (p. 46)

— Review of Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
Por la Boca Muere el Pez : El Monólogo Dramático en la Poesía de Bruce Dawe Jorge Salavert , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Especulo , March-June no. 32 2006;
Open Dawe Nicholas Birns , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 286 2006; (p. 46)

— Review of Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
Poetry Alison Hoddinott , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 108 2007; (p. 38-42)

— Review of Letters Lifted into Poetry : Selected Correspondence between David Campbell and Douglas Stewart, 1946-1979 David Campbell Douglas Stewart 2006 selected work correspondence poetry ; Hardening of the Light : Selected Poems David Campbell 2006 selected work poetry ; Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
'So You Make a Shadow' : Australian Poetry in Review 2006-2007 Lyn McCredden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 81-98)

— Review of Vertigo (a Cantata) Jordie Albiston 2007 selected work poetry ; All the Time in the World Dennis Haskell 2006 selected work poetry ; The Escape Sonnets and Other Poetry Brian Edwards 2006 selected work poetry ; Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry ; Ocean Island Julian Croft 2006 selected work poetry ; I'm Not Racist, But... : A Collection of Social Observations Anita Heiss 2007 selected work poetry ; Excess Baggage and Claim Terry Jaensch Cyril Wong 2007 selected work poetry ; The Passion Paintings : Poems 1983-2006 Aileen Kelly 2006 selected work poetry ; Typewriter Music David Malouf 2007 selected work poetry ; Fredy Neptune Les Murray 1998 single work novel ; Lawrie and Shirley, The Final Cadenza : A Movie in Verse Geoff Page 2006 single work novel ; A Difficult Faith : Poems Mark Reid 2006 selected work poetry ; A Paddock in His Head Brendan Ryan 2007 selected work poetry ; The City of Empty Rooms Thomas Shapcott 2006 selected work poetry ; Helen of Troy and Other Poems Dimitris Tsaloumas 2007 selected work poetry ; The Incoming Tide Petra White 2007 selected work poetry
Uncommon Voice of the Common Laurie Clancy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 October 2008; (p. 11)

— Review of Sometimes Gladness : Collected Poems, 1954 to 2005 Bruce Dawe 2006 selected work poetry
Por la Boca Muere el Pez : El Monólogo Dramático en la Poesía de Bruce Dawe Jorge Salavert , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Especulo , March-June no. 32 2006;
y Bruce Dawe : Life Cycle Stephany Steggall , Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2009 Z1627487 2009 single work biography

'Bruce Dawe: Life Cycle acknowledges one of Australia's best known poets and one of his best known poems. His life cycles have been poverty, perseverance and personal happiness; the rhythms of his being are the rhythms of his poetry - persistently fearless in speaking out on social and political issues; consistently sensitive and lyrical about painful concerns; insistently witty and satirical on just about anything. His range of poetry resists wrong and reveals a great love of his fellow man and a deep understanding of life. This biography is the first time that Dawe's life has been interpreted in full through his poetry, and the poems take on new significance when read in this context. The subject is telling some of the story in his own words - in poems.

Sometimes Gladness is Dawe's signature title and a best-seller of about 130,000 copies. Now in it's sixth edition, the book expresses a life long attempt to understand the balance between gladness and grief, the common factors of human experience. Verse cartooning and satirical humour, the constants of more than fifty years of writing, are much admired and enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. Dawe, one of Australia's first and most successful performance poets, provides imaginative scope to fill the spaces between humour and the pathos.

The reader of Bruce Dawe: Life Cycle shares a large experience, which effectively starts with 'Strictly En Passant', the first poem in the first book, No Fixed Address. Dawe looks forward to the multiplicity of 'feel and fragrance, sound and sheen' that his life will hold and he anticipates that, while he may not fully understand yet the meaning of a satisfactory existence, 'Time may build on this...' the existence culminates in 'Autobiography', in which Dawe measures what has been built. He says that he 'wouldn't have missed for anything' the experience of his life.' (Publisher's blurb)

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