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First known date: 1962 Issue Details: First known date: 1962... 1962 Landscapes
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Outrider : Poems, 1956-1962 Randolph Stow , Sidney Nolan (illustrator), London : MacDonald , 1962 Z320267 1962 selected work poetry London : MacDonald , 1962 pg. 38
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon New Impulses in Australian Poetry Rodney Hall (editor), Thomas Shapcott (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1968 Z548090 1968 anthology poetry

    This 'anthology of Australian poetry of the 1960s, was edited, with an introduction, by Rodney Hall and Thomas W. Shapcott. The keynote of these ‘new impulses’ was ‘a suspicion of idealism, and an inbred awareness of the consequences of totalitarian beliefs’. Authoritarianism in religion and politics was eschewed, as was the concept of national and international aggression. Major established poets such as Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and A. D. Hope are not represented because the editors felt that their poetry of the decade added little to their already defined stances. Their contemporaries, however, Gwen Harwood and Francis Webb, are given considerable space because they are important influences on younger poets.' (Source : The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, online edition)

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1968
    pg. 120
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon New Impulses in Australian Poetry Rodney Hall (editor), Thomas Shapcott (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1968 Z548090 1968 anthology poetry

    This 'anthology of Australian poetry of the 1960s, was edited, with an introduction, by Rodney Hall and Thomas W. Shapcott. The keynote of these ‘new impulses’ was ‘a suspicion of idealism, and an inbred awareness of the consequences of totalitarian beliefs’. Authoritarianism in religion and politics was eschewed, as was the concept of national and international aggression. Major established poets such as Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and A. D. Hope are not represented because the editors felt that their poetry of the decade added little to their already defined stances. Their contemporaries, however, Gwen Harwood and Francis Webb, are given considerable space because they are important influences on younger poets.' (Source : The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, online edition)

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1968
    pg. 120
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 283-284
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon A Counterfeit Silence : Selected Poems Randolph Stow , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z316341 1969 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 pg. 43
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Twelve Poets, 1950-1970 12 Poets, 1950-1970 Alexander Craig (editor), Milton : Jacaranda Press , 1971 Z77157 1971 anthology poetry Milton : Jacaranda Press , 1971 pg. 171-172
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Randolph Stow Reads From His Own Work Randolph Stow , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1974 Z321487 1974 selected work poetry St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1974 pg. 8
    Note: Author's reading on Side 2, Track 1.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z1067493 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 341
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Celebrations : Bicentennial Anthology of Fifty Years of Western Australian Poetry and Prose Brian Dibble (editor), Glen Phillips (editor), Don Grant (editor), Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1988 Z498606 1988 anthology poetry short story Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1988 pg. 130
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Randolph Stow : Visitants, Episodes from Other Novels, Poems, Stories, Interviews, and Essays Randolph Stow , Anthony J. Hassall (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z54227 1990 selected work novel poetry extract short story prose interview criticism St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 pg. 201
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Land's Meaning : New Selected Poems Randolph Stow , John Kinsella (editor), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012 Z1871351 2012 selected work poetry

    'Randolph Stow's slim body of poetry weighs more than most oeuvres many times its size. It has few equals anywhere in the world. Groundbreaking, historic and essential, it is haunting, lyrical, mythical, spiritual and anchored in place.' John Kinsella (Trove record)

    Alternately prolific and silent, Randolph Stow won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1958 and the Patrick White Award in 1979. In The Land's Meaning, John Kinsella brings together selected works of one of Australia's finest modernist poets. Including previously uncollected pieces, the volume's wide ranging introduction provides a rich context for the work of this extraordinary and important poet in the most comprehensive collection of Stow's work to date. (Trove record)

    Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012
    pg. 113

Works about this Work

To Find a Way Through: The Inaugural Randolph Stow Lecture John Kinsella , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 64 no. 2 2019; (p. 33-46)
'Let’s begin at school in English class in the ‘new buildings’ around 1978, Geraldton High School, the new wing built to replace the asbestos demountable classrooms to the south of the old school main building. We are reading through Alexander Craig’s anthology Twelve Poets—an in-class reading session to get familiar with some Australian poetry in a more concentrated way than the odd poem here and there in a general poetry anthology. I am lucky enough via my mum, an English teacher at the school, to be already up with a few Australian poets—especially Judith Wright, who is already established and well known to school readers but not actually one of the poets in the anthology. These are newer poets, astonishingly eleven men and only one woman, but Gwen Harwood is no extra spoke on the wheel, she’s pivotal. As Judith Wright looms so large in my imagination, I am shocked into a different way of perceiving ‘landscape’ via the poetry of a once-local Geraldton poet, Randolph Stow, whose poem ‘Landscapes’ echoes off the page:...)
To Find a Way Through: The Inaugural Randolph Stow Lecture John Kinsella , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 64 no. 2 2019; (p. 33-46)
'Let’s begin at school in English class in the ‘new buildings’ around 1978, Geraldton High School, the new wing built to replace the asbestos demountable classrooms to the south of the old school main building. We are reading through Alexander Craig’s anthology Twelve Poets—an in-class reading session to get familiar with some Australian poetry in a more concentrated way than the odd poem here and there in a general poetry anthology. I am lucky enough via my mum, an English teacher at the school, to be already up with a few Australian poets—especially Judith Wright, who is already established and well known to school readers but not actually one of the poets in the anthology. These are newer poets, astonishingly eleven men and only one woman, but Gwen Harwood is no extra spoke on the wheel, she’s pivotal. As Judith Wright looms so large in my imagination, I am shocked into a different way of perceiving ‘landscape’ via the poetry of a once-local Geraldton poet, Randolph Stow, whose poem ‘Landscapes’ echoes off the page:...)
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