y Poetry Australia periodical  
Date: 1988-1992
Date: 1980-1987
Date: 1973-1979
Date: 1964-1973
Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 Poetry Australia
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Following a dispute with the Poetry Society of Australia in 1964, for which she had been editor of Poetry Magazine since 1961, Grace Perry founded Poetry Australia and the publishing house South Head Press.

Committed to producing a fine poetry magazine devoid of factions, Perry published a diverse range of styles and subjects in Poetry Australia. The magazine also fostered emerging Australian poets, sponsoring many workshops, literary seminars and visits from overseas writers. Commemorative issues were devoted to Francis Webb and David Campbell and special regional issues devoted to Australian states and territories were also produced. In addition, the work of individual poets such as John Tranter, Jennifer Maiden, John Millett, Heather Cam, Peter Goldsworthy and Meredith Wattison was featured in special issues. In 1985 a selection of poems mostly by well-established poets appeared in Poetry Australia - Twenty One Years, celebrating twenty-one years of publication.

Perry aimed to produce a magazine of international significance while maintaining a strong Australian presence. To this end, the work of many international writers, including translations, appeared in Poetry Australia, but most issues did not identify the contributors' nationality. International contributors included Ezra Pound, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Richard Murphy and Margaret Atwood. Translations included early Russian poets by Rosemary Dobson and David Campbell, Laurence Springarn's translations from Portugese and Mark Scrivener's translations of German classics. Poetry Australia also published special issues of New Zealand, Canadian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and Flemish, American, Gaelic, French, Austrian, Swedish and Papua New Guinean poetry.

In 1985 the magazine won the NSW Premier's Special Literary Award. Grace Perry died in 1987. John Millett continued as editor until 1992 when Poetry Australia ceased production. Millett subsequently helped to establish the Poetry Australia Fund and this fund was instrumental in the establishment in 2002 of the magazine Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, which editor Ron Pretty declares is in 'direct line of succession from Poetry Australia.'

Notes

  • RANGE: 1964-1992; no.1 (1964) - no.133 (1992).
  • FREQUENCY: bimonthly, 1964-1970; quarterly, 1971-1992.
  • SIZE: 23cm

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Works about this Work

Poetry in a Shrinking World Craig Powell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 10 no. 3 2003; (p. 9-11)
Powell traces some of the history of the Poetry Society of Australia and Grace Perry's falling out with the organisation, leading to the establishment of Poetry Australia. He also mentions the separate publication, Poetry Magazine, that was published under the auspices of the Poetry Society. Powell relates his own involvement with these journals and comments on his dual career as poet and psychoanalyst.
Too Few Homes for Poems Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 January 1999; (p. 19)
Chiron College Thomas Shapcott , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 7 no. 2 1995; (p. 8-16)
In Memory of Margaret Diesendorf Patricia Munro , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 152 1993; (p. 58-59)
Our Poets Arrive, Confused at the Dawn of a New Era Max Harris , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 1989; (p. 11)
No.13 Reviews: 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 February 1967; (p. 9)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
Untitled Bruce Beaver , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 April 1967; (p. 17)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
A Major Poetic Scoop Within the Local Dichotomy of Verse R. Hall , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 1967; (p. 9)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
No.20 Reviews: Katharine England , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 18 March 1968; (p. 16)

— Review of Poetry Australia 1964 periodical (127 issues)
Poetry in a Shrinking World Craig Powell , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 10 no. 3 2003; (p. 9-11)
Powell traces some of the history of the Poetry Society of Australia and Grace Perry's falling out with the organisation, leading to the establishment of Poetry Australia. He also mentions the separate publication, Poetry Magazine, that was published under the auspices of the Poetry Society. Powell relates his own involvement with these journals and comments on his dual career as poet and psychoanalyst.
Some Notes on 'Poetry Australia' Philip Benham , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , [Double issue] July no. 74-75 1980; (p. 121-123)
Scholarship vs Memory : The State of the Party Philip Benham , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , June no. 88 1983; (p. 32-37)
Some Further Notes on 'Poetry Australia' or : Through a Spilt Glass Philip Benham , 1982 single work column
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , April no. 83 1982; (p. 59-62)
The Poet and the Public Ronald T. Dunlop , 1967 single work
— Appears in: Poetry Magazine , no. 3 1967; (p. 3-6)

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ISSN: 0032-2059
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