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Colleen Burke Colleen Burke i(A4727 works by) (a.k.a. Colleen Zeita Burke; Colleen Z. Burke)
Born: Established: 1943 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Australian ; Irish
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1 Winners and Losers i "Caught in the merry-go-round", Colleen Burke , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 79 no. 1 2019; (p. 47-48)
1 1 y separately published work icon Sculpting a Landscape Colleen Burke , Newtown : Feakle Press , 2019 16926675 2019 selected work poetry

'Sculpting a landscape' is Colleen Z Burke's 12th collection of poems and is warmly welcomed for its wisdom, wit and generosity of spirit. These finely crafted poems catch our attention with their deep sensitivity to the joys and griefs of human existence. There are poems where Colleen offers heart-rending witness to the courage of people who struggle against poverty, cruelty and injustice. There are poems where the mind finds solace and wonder in often startling encounters with the rich beauty of the world, from the mountains and country town to the tucked-away corners of the inner-city. Colleen's work celebrates the power of poetry to open our minds and deepen our connections with one another.'   (Publication summary)

1 Fatal Attraction i "The dating scene", Colleen Burke , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Anthology 2019; (p. 31)
1 y separately published work icon The Human Heart Is a Bold Traveller Colleen Burke , Newtown : Feakle Press , 2017 19550219 2017 single work autobiography Colleen Burke's second memoir, covering the period from 1974 to the early 1990s.
1 Dumbstruck i "A Solicitor who sat near me", Colleen Burke , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Jessie Street National Women's Library Newsletter , November vol. 28 no. 4 2017; (p. 4)
1 The Waves Turn – a Memoir Colleen Burke , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Jessie Street National Women's Library Newsletter , November vol. 28 no. 4 2017; (p. 4)
'Poet and author Colleen Burke commenced her talk with a picture of life growing up in a working class Irish Catholic family in the Sydney suburbs of Tamarama and Bondi. Colleen has published two closely written volumes of her memoirs and regaled us with stories from the first volume, The waves turn and in her reading of poems.' (Introduction)
1 2 y separately published work icon The Waves Turn : A Memoir Colleen Burke , Newtown : Feakle Press , 2016 8848050 2016 single work autobiography

'Poet and author Colleen Z Burke's memoir takes us into the post-World War 11 decades of the 20th century and a working class, Irish Catholic background. set against Bondi. the sea. At the time strict societal, religious and family prohibitions were particularly onerous for women. To escape a problematic childhood, Colleen immersed herself in books and stories of lives and worlds remote from her own. Leaving school at 15. Colleen worked as a shorthand typist in the public service but, wanting something different, questioned everything as she pursued education. informal and formal. Colleen's engrossing memoir explores the stimulating yet confronting era of the 1960s. During this period she became intrigued by a broader political sphere. poetry. literature and folk music which expressed the frustration of the young against injustice, racism. easy popular sentiment, commercialised American music and. of course, the Vietnam War. Feminism leavened with socialism made sense of her contradictory world. In Sydney. during these turbulent, heady times, Colleen met and formed a relationship with her future husband, folk singer and musician, Declan Affley. They lived in Melbourne for several years before travelling through Ireland. England and Wales. Author of eleven much loved hooks of poetry, Colleen has woven into her memoir a selection of her poems that highlight challenging and quirky aspects of her life as she developed her distinctive poetic voice. Importantly, The Waves Turn pays tribute to all those who have gone before and the many people who contributed to, or shared a part of Colleen's thought-provoking, sometimes difficult, but always intriguing journey.' (Publication abstract)

1 Life’s Ambiguities i "Waters of the mauve", Colleen Burke , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Collaboration , vol. 24 no. 2016;
Author's note: After Chris Langlois’ Landscape (Narrabeen Lake) no.2
1 y separately published work icon Splicing Air Colleen Burke , Newtown : Feakle Press , 2013 19550280 2013 selected work poetry
1 The Relativity of Crime i "In the 1830s, Mary Brigden,", Colleen Burke , 2008 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry without Borders 2008; (p. 21)
1 Whales and Haikus i "It's difficult", Colleen Burke , 2008 single work poetry
— Appears in: Going Down Swinging , no. 26 2008; (p. 71)
1 Etchings i "skeletal", Colleen Burke , 2007 single work poetry
— Appears in: Page Seventeen , no. 5 2007; (p. 136)
1 y separately published work icon Fermenting Colleen Burke , West Lakes : Seaview Press , 2007 Z1488172 2007 selected work poetry
1 A Real Christmas Day i "Sometimes here at Christmas", Colleen Burke , 2007 single work poetry
— Appears in: Little Book of Christmas 2007; (p. 39)
1 Literary Lunch - Colleen Z Burke Colleen Burke , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Voices and Spaces : Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue 2006; (p. 60-62)
1 Literature and Politics - Colleen Z Burke Colleen Burke , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Voices and Spaces : Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue 2006; (p. 32-36)
1 Shrunken waters i "Gnarled", Colleen Burke , 2006 single work poetry
— Appears in: Going Down Swinging , no. 24 2006; (p. 129)
1 Un-Australian i "'After the long drought", Colleen Burke , 2006 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sun and Sleet 2006; (p. 63)
1 A Welcome Guest i "There's", Colleen Burke , 2006 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sun and Sleet 2006; (p. 63)
1 Vale Denis Kevans Colleen Burke , 2005 single work obituary (for Denis Kevans )
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 12 no. 4 2005; (p. 44)
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