Alexandra Tea-Room (A Provincial City, 1968) single work   poetry   "An East-of-Suez ceiling-fan, stopped dead"
  • Author: Hal Porter
Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 Alexandra Tea-Room (A Provincial City, 1968)
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  • Author note, 1978: "This Edwardian place was, until quite recently, still functioning in Ballarat. The incident written about in the poem, the venomous farewell for all time, actually took place years before the poem was written, and in another tea-room in Melbourne."(Cover of The Wild Girl in the Heart)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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    y In an Australian Country Graveyard and Other Poems Hal Porter , Melbourne : Nelson , 1974 Z25658 1974 selected work poetry Melbourne : Nelson , 1974
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    y The Wild Girl in the Heart Robyn Archer , Paddington : Larrikin Records , 1978 Z840520 1978 single work lyric/song Paddington : Larrikin Records , 1978
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    y Hal Porter Hal Porter , Mary Lord (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1980 Z16308 1980 selected work novel short story extract poetry interview criticism St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1980 pg. 362
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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. 340-341
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  • Ballarat, Ballarat area, Ballarat - Bendigo area, Victoria,
  • 1968
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