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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Personal Islands
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Notes:
Edited version of a paper presented at Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region, November 1993, National University of Singapore
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    y separately published work icon Overland no. 136 Spring 1994 Z612886 1994 periodical issue 1994 pg. 51-56

Works about this Work

'Past Shapes of Things Present' in the Poetry of Syd Harrex (1935 – ) Ralph Spaulding , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 48-61)
‘Syd Harrex was born in Smithton, Tasmania, in 1935 and completed his education in Hobart in the 1950s and 60s. He left Tasmania in 1966 to become a Foundation staff member at Flinders University from where he retired in 2001 as Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English. Harrex began writing and publishing poetry while a student at the University of Tasmania and his poetry retains something of the “silent croon” of his island home. This chapter considers Harrex’s kinship with the poetry of some of his contemporaries and predecessors. It shows how Harrex’s relationship with these writers is a creative dialogue that shapes and enhances his thematic concerns, rather than displaying any sense of Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence.” The chapter also charts Harex’s poetic journey through different Australian landscapes and from immediate and personal concerns to an exploration of some of the poetry’s universal themes.’ (48)
'Past Shapes of Things Present' in the Poetry of Syd Harrex (1935 – ) Ralph Spaulding , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 48-61)
‘Syd Harrex was born in Smithton, Tasmania, in 1935 and completed his education in Hobart in the 1950s and 60s. He left Tasmania in 1966 to become a Foundation staff member at Flinders University from where he retired in 2001 as Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English. Harrex began writing and publishing poetry while a student at the University of Tasmania and his poetry retains something of the “silent croon” of his island home. This chapter considers Harrex’s kinship with the poetry of some of his contemporaries and predecessors. It shows how Harrex’s relationship with these writers is a creative dialogue that shapes and enhances his thematic concerns, rather than displaying any sense of Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence.” The chapter also charts Harex’s poetic journey through different Australian landscapes and from immediate and personal concerns to an exploration of some of the poetry’s universal themes.’ (48)
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