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Issue Details: First known date: 1968... 1968 My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets
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Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1968 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
"A fat sailor! I met a fat sailor. I" The Rotund Sailori"A round sailor! I met a round sailor. I", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 1)
Fish Recipesi"When Ole cooked a fish, the dish was delectable", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 2)
Mooringsi"A lazy couch of beach and sun in the morning", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 3)
Typee (after Melville)i"You'll, by the look of the bay, sail away", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 4)
The Cannibal Islandsi"Remote to all boats are the cannibal islands.", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 5)
Seabirdsi"Strange, they will not own us. No seabird sings", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 6)
Helmet Shelli"Something martial, some bestiality of Rome,", John Blight , single work poetry war literature (p. 7)
The Sea and Infinityi"He sat by the sea, and he sighed, `Infinity.", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 8)
Voices of the Seai"Voices of the sea - its infinite forest voice,", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 9)
Ear Shelli"It lay like an ear - it lay here on the shore;", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 10)
The Fates Blow Pityi"I have not come home from the sea without", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 11)
To a Shellfish on the Harbour Rocksi"If you edged ashore, a little nearer, shell,", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 12)
The Sharki"The fish, so uniform, are perfect. Mullet", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 13)
The Shoali"Let us observe, together, a shoal of fish;", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 14)
The Wormsi"The worms that come to terms with mud", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 15)
Planktoni"I have watched plankton over reefs float by", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 16)
The Coral Reefi"In the baroque style of coral, India,", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 17)
Blacki"Soon, I said to my atoms, you must go back", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 18)
Dull Day at Pialbai"The water wears no particular colour", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 19)
Footprintsi"I am ever seeking the quieter beaches.", John Blight , single work poetry (p. 20)

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Works about this Work

The Sea Will Be There: John Blight's Beachcombing Days Kay Ferres , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , December vol. 24 no. 2 2017; (p. 215-228)

'According to Judith Wright, John Blight's best poems were about the sea. From the 1940s, when he lived around the Sunshine Coast, he wrote about the rhythms of life by the sea and about human relationships with the more than human world. In the 1960s, he published 180 sonnets in two volumes, A Beachcomber's Diary and My Beachcombing Days. The sonnet form, he said, cut him down to size. This paper considers Blight's work and its engagement with the littoral zone: the seascapes and ecology of the Sunshine Coast. It attempts to hear the sea's voices — muffled, indistinct — and to illuminate Blight's ideas about its alien nature.' (Abstract)

Two Views of the Poetry of John Blight : II David Malouf , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 36 no. 1 1976; (p. 56-70)
Two Views of the Poetry of John Blight : I Bruce Beaver , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 36 no. 1 1976; (p. 50-56)
Untitled Geoff Page , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 January 1969; (p. 11)

— Review of My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry
Dark Sea-Horse Geoffrey Lehmann , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 March vol. 91 no. 4643 1969; (p. 70-71)

— Review of My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry
Winds of Chance Evan Jones , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 3 August 1968; (p. 21-22)

— Review of My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry
The Facility of Composing . . . S. E. Lee , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 28 no. 4 1968; (p. 301-308)

— Review of Showground Sketchbook and Other Poems Nancy Keesing , 1968 selected work poetry ; My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry ; Poems : Volume 2 Gwen Harwood , 1968 selected work poetry ; Songs of Sentiment John Ashe , 1968 selected work poetry ; A Suit for Everyman Eric Irvin , 1968 selected work poetry ; After the Assassination and Other Poems R. A. Simpson , 1968 selected work poetry
Passion and the Prosaic : Australian Poetry, 1968 Max Richards , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 28 no. 2 1969; (p. 268-281)

— Review of Elijah's Ravens : Poems Hal Porter , 1968 selected work poetry ; Behind My Eyes : Poems B. A. Breen , 1968 selected work poetry ; A Voyage of Lions and Other Poems Geoffrey Lehmann , 1968 selected work poetry ; The Law of Karma : A Progression of Poems Rodney Hall , 1968 selected work poetry ; Windmill Country Dorothy Hewett , 1968 selected work poetry ; My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry ; Selected Poems 1942-1968 David Campbell , 1968 selected work poetry ; Poems for a Female Universe Norman Talbot , 1968 selected work poetry ; Segments of the Bowl Robert Clark , 1967 selected work poetry ; I Learn by Going : Poems Craig Powell , 1968 selected work poetry ; A Suit for Everyman Eric Irvin , 1968 selected work poetry ; New Impulses in Australian Poetry 1968 anthology poetry ; Citizens of Mist Roger McDonald , 1968 selected work poetry ; Grendel Roland Robinson , 1967 selected work poetry ; Open at Random : Poems Bruce Beaver , 1967 selected work poetry ; Sheaf Tosser and Other Poems Eric Rolls , 1967 selected work poetry ; Showground Sketchbook and Other Poems Nancy Keesing , 1968 selected work poetry ; After the Assassination and Other Poems R. A. Simpson , 1968 selected work poetry ; The Rock and the Pool Margaret Irvin , 1967 selected work poetry ; The Autobiography of a Gorgon and Other Poems Rodney Hall , 1968 selected work poetry
Untitled Geoffrey Dutton , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July vol. 7 no. 9 1968; (p. 162)

— Review of Showground Sketchbook and Other Poems Nancy Keesing , 1968 selected work poetry ; My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry ; Poems : Volume 2 Gwen Harwood , 1968 selected work poetry
Recent Australian Poetry Ronald T. Dunlop , 1969 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , February no. 26 1969; (p. 39-42)

— Review of Selected Poems 1942-1968 David Campbell , 1968 selected work poetry ; My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry ; The Autobiography of a Gorgon and Other Poems Rodney Hall , 1968 selected work poetry ; Behind My Eyes : Poems B. A. Breen , 1968 selected work poetry ; Poems for a Female Universe Norman Talbot , 1968 selected work poetry ; Poems of War and Peace Michael Thwaites , 1968 selected work poetry
Two Views of the Poetry of John Blight : I Bruce Beaver , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 36 no. 1 1976; (p. 50-56)
Two Views of the Poetry of John Blight : II David Malouf , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 36 no. 1 1976; (p. 56-70)
The Sea Will Be There: John Blight's Beachcombing Days Kay Ferres , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , December vol. 24 no. 2 2017; (p. 215-228)

'According to Judith Wright, John Blight's best poems were about the sea. From the 1940s, when he lived around the Sunshine Coast, he wrote about the rhythms of life by the sea and about human relationships with the more than human world. In the 1960s, he published 180 sonnets in two volumes, A Beachcomber's Diary and My Beachcombing Days. The sonnet form, he said, cut him down to size. This paper considers Blight's work and its engagement with the littoral zone: the seascapes and ecology of the Sunshine Coast. It attempts to hear the sea's voices — muffled, indistinct — and to illuminate Blight's ideas about its alien nature.' (Abstract)

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