Metempsychosis single work   poetry   "Suddenly to become John Benbow, walking down William Street"
Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 Metempsychosis
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  • Appears in:
    y Second Unk White's Laugh Parade : One for the Road Unk White , Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1940 Z1400940 1940 anthology short story Sydney : Frank Johnson , 1940 pg. 16
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    y One Hundred Poems : 1919-1939 Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944 Z531634 1944 selected work poetry

    The definitive collection of work from one of Australia’s preeminent twentieth century poets, Kenneth Slessor, drawing from his acclaimed books, Earth Visitors (1926), Cuckooz Contrey (1932) and Five Bells (1939). This selection was first published as One Hundred Poems in 1944 (with the addition of three further poems in 1957), and includes an introduction by Dennis Haskell and an Author’s Note. From his historical series, ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’, to his memorial to the loss of a friend, the iconic ‘Five Bells’, and from the tragic landscape of El Alamein, influenced by his stint as a war correspondent and made famous in ‘Beach Burial’, to the meditation ‘Out of Time’, Slessor’s poetry continues to dazzle contemporary audiences. A master of modern verse, Slessor explores the themes of art, death and time, displaying an impressive range: from sorrow to satire, melodrama to poignant intensity. His work still influences and inspires younger generations, and the prestigious Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize is named in his honour.

    Source: Harper Collins

    (http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781460703120/#sm.0001ateq1q7i8db3zj927an1pz5xe)

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944
    pg. 89
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 Z334403 1972 anthology poetry Selection of works by Australian poets from Charles Harpur (1813-1868) to Charles Buckmaster (b. 1951). Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 pg. 147-148
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    y Poems Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z531943 1957 selected work poetry (taught in 5 units) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1975 pg. 92
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    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 141
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 132
  • Appears in:
    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. 141
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    y Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry Les Murray (editor), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1986 Z212505 1986 anthology poetry Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1986 pg. 203
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    y The Sea Poems of Kenneth Slessor Kenneth Slessor , Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1990 Z313182 1990 selected work poetry war literature Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1990 pg. 32
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    y Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z396988 1994 collected work poetry drama Comprehensive collection of Slessor's work from earlier selections as well as previously uncollected work, with preface, chronology and extensive textual and explanatory notes. Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 102
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    y Fivefathers : Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era Les Murray (editor), Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 Z276076 1994 anthology poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 pg. 38-39
  • Appears in:
    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 132
  • 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. 141
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    y Harbour City Poems : Sydney in Verse, 1788-2008 Martin Langford (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1590539 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'From colonial origins to vibrant metropolis, Sydney has been portrayed with great liveliness and precision by its poets. This anthology's range extends from the foot of the Blue Mountains through the suburban heartlands to the harbour and the beach, incorporating numerous - and often conflicting - interpretations and images of the city. This is the first collection of Sydney-specific poems for twenty years. It includes such classics as Slessor's "Five Bells" and favourites like "Clancy of the Overflow" as well as a generous selection of very contemporary work and older verse tracing back to the town's verse.' (Publisher's blurb) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 50

Works about this Work

The Poetry of Kenneth Slessor Vincent Buckley , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 11 no. 1 1952; (p. 23-30) Critical Essays on Kenneth Slessor 1968; (p. 70-76)
The Poetry of Kenneth Slessor Vincent Buckley , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 11 no. 1 1952; (p. 23-30) Critical Essays on Kenneth Slessor 1968; (p. 70-76)
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