Herongate single work   poetry   "I dream I am opening the door"
Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Herongate
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  • Dedication: to Graeme Hetherington
  • Herongate was the name of a seaside shack owned by Harwood's son. It burned down in May 1989. In a letter to her friend Father William Paton, Harwood describes the experiences inspiring the poem: 'After Herongate burned I had a terrible recurrent dream: I would be at the door putting the key in the padlock, drawing back the bolt, putting the house key in the lock: all is well, I'd think in the dream, the fire was a dream and the house is as it was. As I opened the door I'd see that my hand was a skeleton: I had died and a ghost was returning.' (A Steady Storm of Correspondence, p.422)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Southerly Memory vol. 51 no. 3 North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z325888 1991 periodical issue North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 234-235
  • Appears in:
    y The Present Tense Gwen Harwood , Alison Hoddinott (editor), Potts Point : Imprint , 1995 Z94648 1995 selected work short story poetry prose Potts Point : Imprint , 1995 pg. 2-3
  • Appears in:
    y Bridgings : Readings in Australian Women's Poetry Rose Lucas (editor), Lyn McCredden (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z219096 1996 anthology poetry criticism extract South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 41-42
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems : A New Edition Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 Z824188 2001 selected work poetry Details of the changes made in compiling this selection are outlined in the editor's introduction . Some poems not appearing in previous selections, as well as some unpublished poems, have been added; some poems previously appearing have been omitted. Textual emendations have been made to some works. Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 pg. 234-235
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