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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 An Interview with Shelton Lea
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'Shelton Lea's path crossed with mine in Sydney in 1965. We both sojourned at Kings Cross in Sydney. Shelton ('Shelly") was already an identity as a poet. among other roles. He read and recited poems at the El Rocco jazz club in Brougham Street at the top of William Street. to the accompaniment of jazz musicians. He also performed poetry impromptu in pubs and coffee lounges like the Royal George, Windsor Castle, and the Piccolo. Eric Beach recently [1988] observed to me, 'Shelton's a rumour, even people who don't know his second name know Shelton all over Australia: Shelton Lea's poetry charts his picaresque life, but to see him only as Bohemian nonconformist is to overlook the seriousness of his dedication to the craft of poetry. The poetry and the life bear each other up: eight volumes in paint, besides countless magazine. journal, anthology, and chapbook appearances. recordings, and readings in every State for over twenty years.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Southerly vol. 49 no. 4 December 1989 Z589671 1989 periodical issue 1989 pg. 560-580
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    y separately published work icon The Poetic Eye : Occasional Writings 1982-2012 Michael Sharkey , Netherlands : Brill , 2016 10632316 2016 selected work criticism

    'This volume contains a selection of the Australian poet Michael Sharkey’s uncollected essays and occasional writings on poetics and poets, chiefly Australian and New Zealand. Reviews and conversations with other poets highlight Sharkey’s concern with preserving and interrogating cultural memory and his engagement with the practice and championing of poetry. Poets discussed range from Lord Byron to colonial-era and early twentieth-century poets (Francis Adams, David McKee Wright, and Zora Cross), underrepresented Australian women poets of World War I, traditionalists and experimentalists, including several ‘New Australian Poetry’ activists of the 1970s, and contemporary Australian and New Zealand poets. Writings on poetics address form and tradition, the teaching and reception of poetry, and canon-formation. The collection is culled from commissioned and occasional contributions to anthologies of practical poetics, journals devoted to literary and cultural history and book reviewing, as well as newspaper and small-magazine features from the 1980s to the present. The writing reflects Sharkey’s poetic practice and pedagogy relating to the teaching of literature, rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, and writing in universities'.

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Netherlands : Brill , 2016
    pg. 213-232
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