Tasmania single work   poetry   "Water colour country. Here the hills"
  • Author: Vivian Smith http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/smith-vivian
Issue Details: First known date: 1982 1982
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    y Tide Country Vivian Smith , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 Z498629 1982 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 pg. 71
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    y Effects of Light : The Poetry of Tasmania Vivian Smith (editor), Margaret Scott (editor), Sandy Bay : Twelvetrees Publishing , 1985 Z171137 1985 anthology poetry Sandy Bay : Twelvetrees Publishing , 1985 pg. 89
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    y Selected Poems Vivian Smith , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 Z262649 1985 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 pg. 89
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    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z1067493 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 609
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    y Mapped but Not Known : The Australian Landscape of the Imagination : Essays and Poems Presented to Brian Elliott LXXV 11 April 1985 F. H. Mares (editor), P. R. Eaden (editor), Netley : Wakefield Press , 1986 Z400060 1986 anthology prose poetry criticism biography humour Netley : Wakefield Press , 1986 pg. 186
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    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 pg. 271
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    y Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century Robert Gray (editor), Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 Z27032 1991 anthology poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 pg. 260
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    y New Selected Poems Vivian Smith , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z543258 1995 selected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 pg. 89
  • Appears in:
    y The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse Peter Porter (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z397894 1996 anthology poetry extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 99
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 275
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    y River of Verse : A Tasmanian Journey 1800-2004 Helen Gee (editor), Buckland : Back River Press , 2004 Z1174411 2004 anthology poetry lyric/song extract Buckland : Back River Press , 2004 pg. 108
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    y Along the Line Vivian Smith , Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2006 Z1280089 2006 selected work poetry Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2006 pg. 105
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    y The Other Side of Things Vivian Smith , Mosman : River Road Press , 2008 Z1506201 2008 selected work poetry Mosman : River Road Press , 2008
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 799
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 594
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    y Notes for the Translators : From 142 New Zealand and Australian Poets Christopher Kelen (editor), Macao : Association of Stories in Macao , 2012 Z1920358 2012 anthology poetry Macao : Association of Stories in Macao , 2012 pg. 364-365
    Note: Includes explanatory notes for translators.
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    y The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014 8049508 2014 anthology poetry

    'This anthology...is a negotiation of many spaces. That of poets and their work, the idea of "Australia", the idea of being "represented" in a different demographic (America), personal or textual issues with anthologiser, who else is being included (though none outside myself and the publishers have knowledge of this until publication). Vitally, whoat matters is the conversations that arise from the anthology going public, and how the poets and readers deal with this community that has been organically and artificially induced.' John Kinsella (Source: backcover)

    Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014
    pg. 480
Alternative title: تزمانيا
Alternative title: تازمانيا
Alternative title: تسمانيا
Transliterated title: Tasmania
First line of verse: ".بلاد رُسمت بألوان مائية = Water colour country. Here the hills"
Language: English , Arabic

Works about this Work

Negotiating 'Negative Capability' : The Role of Place in Writing for Two Australian Poets Lynda Hawryluk , Leni Shilton , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , July vol. 4 no. 1 2014; Coolabah , no. 16 2015; (p. 48-73)

'This paper takes its lead from the poet John Keats’ notion of ‘negative capability’ (1891: 48), exploring some of the key methodologies of representing landscapes in writing, specifically using place to effect the process of ‘… being capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubt, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason …’ (48).

Keats refers to the poet as ‘taking part’ in the life of the poem; and being in the poem. This paper features our own poetry, located in two different landscapes and with its own understanding of place, which captures a sense of connection to rugged and remote terrains. To evoke this sense of connection, Keats’ negative capability comes into play—understood in this paper as a metaphysical space where a meditative state provides the writer with a ‘glimpse’; a recognition of that moment of connection without which ‘poetry cannot happen’ (Oliver 1994: 84)

Our writing, as will be discussed, is individually informed by knowledge about environment and notions of poetic space, where ‘aspects of the unconscious move into consciousness’ (Hetherington 2012: 8). This paper explores the commonalities and distinctions between our work, using brief examples.' (Publication abstract)

Still Life: Art and Nature in Vivian Smith's Poetry David McCooey , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 17 no. 2 1995; (p. 157-165)
Still Life: Art and Nature in Vivian Smith's Poetry David McCooey , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 17 no. 2 1995; (p. 157-165)
Negotiating 'Negative Capability' : The Role of Place in Writing for Two Australian Poets Lynda Hawryluk , Leni Shilton , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , July vol. 4 no. 1 2014; Coolabah , no. 16 2015; (p. 48-73)

'This paper takes its lead from the poet John Keats’ notion of ‘negative capability’ (1891: 48), exploring some of the key methodologies of representing landscapes in writing, specifically using place to effect the process of ‘… being capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubt, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason …’ (48).

Keats refers to the poet as ‘taking part’ in the life of the poem; and being in the poem. This paper features our own poetry, located in two different landscapes and with its own understanding of place, which captures a sense of connection to rugged and remote terrains. To evoke this sense of connection, Keats’ negative capability comes into play—understood in this paper as a metaphysical space where a meditative state provides the writer with a ‘glimpse’; a recognition of that moment of connection without which ‘poetry cannot happen’ (Oliver 1994: 84)

Our writing, as will be discussed, is individually informed by knowledge about environment and notions of poetic space, where ‘aspects of the unconscious move into consciousness’ (Hetherington 2012: 8). This paper explores the commonalities and distinctions between our work, using brief examples.' (Publication abstract)

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