3. The Common Trench single work   poetry   "Education and English polish are very unsaleable stuff."
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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  • Author's note: 'Part 3, "The Common Trench", is mostly about World War One. Lines are lifted from poems by men and women in uniform or not. It includes lines by pacifist poets such as John Le Gay Brereton. My publisher is particularly fond of the reference to potatoes that comes straight after the line about "diggers" (the latter lifted from a poem about gold digging - origin of the military use of "Digger"?). I included it because potatoes are just the tonic for roasting in the trenches. (Source: Editorial p. 8)

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  • Appears in:
    y Southerly A Nest of Bunyips vol. 71 no. 3 2011 Z1860341 2011 periodical issue 2011 pg. 13-14
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Poems 2012 John Tranter (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 Z1902441 2012 anthology poetry "In this impressive anthology John Tranter weaves many threads into a portrait of Australian poetry in 2012. Emerging poets sit alongside the celebrated, travelling from Lake Havasu City to Graz, and nursing homes to fairgrounds, with characters as diverse as David Bowie, Emily Dickinson and Rumpelstiltskin." [Source: publisher's blurb - back cover] Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 pg. 35-36
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