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Andrew Taylor Andrew Taylor i(A15323 works by) (a.k.a. Andrew McDonald Taylor)
Born: Established: 1940 Warrnambool, Warrnambool area, Western District, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Towards a Mean Theory of Poetry Andrew Taylor , sequence poetry
1 Exile’s Return : Change Was in the Air Andrew Taylor , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 19 no. 1 2019;
'In September 1963 I boarded the ship, the Fairsky, in Port Melbourne, and waved goodbye to my parents and my girlfriend. I was 23 years old and leaving Australia for the first time. The Fairsky was one of many ships that had served in the Second World War and then been repurposed in the immediate post-war years. In this case, she had served for both the USA and Royal navies, firstly as USS Barnes and then as HMS Attacker, before being converted initially for use as a cargo carrier (the Castel Forte), and eventually undergoing another major refit for passenger use in 1957, from which she re-emerged as Fairsky.' (Introduction)
1 Nowhere i "Nowhere begins very close to here—", Andrew Taylor , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 78 no. 1 2018; (p. 241)
1 The Shell Road Atlas i "Nowhere along here do the maps", Andrew Taylor , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 78 no. 1 2018;
1 Shells Andrew Taylor , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Best Australian Poems 2017 2017; (p. 145)
1 Moths i "Moths ping at the window", Andrew Taylor , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 2 2017; (p. 159)
1 The Legacy of Spiders i "nothing defines a spider’s web", Andrew Taylor , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 77 no. 2 2017; (p. 158)
1 Sydney Theatre Company Outgoing Director Jonathan Church Deposed in 'palace Coup' Elissa Blake , Andrew Taylor , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 27 May 2016;
'The shock departure of the Sydney Theatre Company's artistic director has the "whiff of a palace coup" by the STC's senior management, according to a former employee. ...'
1 2 y separately published work icon Impossible Preludes : Poems 2008-2014 Andrew Taylor , Witchcliffe : Margaret River Press , 2016 9566969 2016 selected work poetry

'Reflecting a life spread across two continents, Impossible Preludes continues Taylor’s restless probing of the contradictions of life and language. Here are love poems, poems about language and silence, an elegy for a cat, and an interview with a querulous mathematician, as well as poems dealing with the cruelties of contemporary world politics, ageing, and delight in nature. Once again, the collection shows the stimulating range of tone and style that has been a hallmark of all his poetry. ' (Publication summary)

1 From Porpoise Spit to Broadway? That's the Dream for Muriel's Wedding the Musical Andrew Taylor , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 10 September 2016;

'Yearning to escape her unhappy life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel Heslop made it as far as Sydney in the 1994 movie Muriel's Wedding.'

'But the bright lights of Broadway may beckon the downtrodden dreamer when the Australian film is transformed into a musical, according to Kate Miller-Heidke. ...'

1 Is There an Australian Pastoral Poetry? Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 38-51)
Pastoral was common as a European literary genre from the Renaissance until the eighteenth century. It existed in other artistic forms as well, especially in the visual arts, and after its demise as a distinct genre elements of it persisted into the twentieth century, for example in music. With the colonial spread of European culture the pastoral influence also extended into other countries, with a mixed fate. Recently, the term Pastoral has come back into prominence in literature in English, not only in Great Britain but also, notably in the USA and Australia, with the growth of writing motivated by ecological involvement with the natural world, especially landscape. This has led to re-definitions of the term Pastoral in the last few decades. A number of Australian poets are looked at to see whether, and how, their writing about landscape might relate to, or incorporate elements of the Pastoral. The Australian poet John Kinsella, in particular, has been a widely published spokesperson for a new definition of Pastoral. His published works trace his move from a politically activist anti-colonialist redefinition of Pastoral towards a quieter, more harmonious, and essentially ethical engagement with the natural world.
1 Two Summers and a Winter i "In Perth the heat strips you", Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Prayers of a Secular World 2015; (p. 98-99)
1 Maybe a Neutrino i "The guest from the edge of the universe", Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Regime , no. 5 2015; (p. 145)
1 Times at Night i "Times at night", Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Regime , no. 5 2015; (p. 144)
1 This Is the Empty Page i "that haunts me", Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Regime , no. 5 2015; (p. 143)
1 How Much Better Can It Get i "If there is weather in heaven", Andrew Taylor , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Regime , no. 5 2015; (p. 142)
1 The One and Only i "There are many paths", Andrew Taylor , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry 2014; (p. 499-500)
1 The Hypergeum i "Ever since a farmer almost fell into it", Andrew Taylor , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 59 no. 2 2014; (p. 235)
1 Suits Threatening Our Culture Andrew Taylor , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 November 2014; (p. 20)
'Ralph Myers says we need to rethink who we put in charge, writes Andrew Taylor.'
1 Dust People i "I met the dust people just out of.", Andrew Taylor , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Best Australian Poems 2014 2014; (p. 118)
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