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Dedication: For my friends Adrian Lawlor and Anthony John Briggs
Author's note: Certain of these Poems have appeared previously in the following Journals to whom due acknowledgements are made: Art in Australia Angry Penguins 2 Angry Penguins 3 Meanjin Papers Jindyworobak Anthology 1942 Comment
* Contents derived from the Adelaide,South Australia,:The Warlock Press,1943 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
In this introduction to his selected work The Lonely Verge, Alister Kershaw states his view of poetry; 'Poetry is useless-"as useless as life itself-and as useful." That is its triumph.' (p. 2). Kershaw outlines his reasons for publishing in limited editions (the function of the poet, he writes, is not to 'seek the applause either of gutter-dwelling navvies or smart louts in a ball-room' (p. 2 )) and his poetic likes (Richard Aldington, Roy Campbell, D. H. Lawrence) and dislikes. Kershaw also discusses his poem Lands in Force and the other works published in The LonelyVerge.