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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Short Poems
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  • Groups of short, untitled, highly descriptive and visual poems reminiscent of the haiku are a feature of Gray's work, appearing regularly in his selections and reprinted in successive selected works. The poems are linked by accurately observed images of the natural world. Revisions to each of these groups of poems occur over their publication history, usually consisting of the omission of some poems from the group but also including textual revisions.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: 12 Poems
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon PN Review Poetry Nation Review; P.N.R. vol. 27 no. 4 March-April 2001 Z910918 2001 periodical issue 2001 pg. 34
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Cumulus : Collected Poems Robert Gray , St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012 Z1893435 2012 selected work poetry 'This book is a landmark in Australian poetry. For Cumulus, Robert Gray has chosen all he wishes to retain from his eight volumes of poetry, some of it considerably and significantly revised. He has included here a new book, "Nameless Earth", not previously published in Australia.

    'Gray has been a daring and original experimenter in the free verse line, and also at times with traditional forms. Equally, his work is notable for its frequent, uncanny rightness in the creation of images. His thinking shows a remarkable fluency in both Eastern and Western philosophies (Gray has referred to himself as a Buddhist heretic). These are all modernist pathways, and this poetry negotiates them with a lucid, classical temper.

    'Most striking is an ever-alert immediacy—a perception and reflectiveness in the fluid moment. Whether through his sensuous language or his powerful engagement with ideas, Gray's poetry continually opens us to a fresh involvement with the physical world.' (From the publisher's website.)
    St Kilda : John Leonard Press , 2012
    pg. 20-21
Alternative title: 14 Poems
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Afterimages Robert Gray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2002 Z947827 2002 selected work poetry prose Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2002 pg. 30-32
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Windchimes : Asia in Australian Poetry Noel Rowe (editor), Vivian Smith (editor), Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 Z1275433 2006 anthology poetry An anthology comprising works by eighty-six Australian poets, from James Brunton Stephens to contemporary writes such as Bronwyn Lea and Michael Brennan, that offer Australian perspectives on Asia. Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 pg. 141-142
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