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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets
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Notes

  • Dedication: For: Jane, Jaime, Sudesh.
  • Epigraph: We'll build in sonnets pretty roomes;
    As well a well wrought urn becomes
    The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombes,
    And by those hymnes, all shall approve
    Us Canoniz'd for Love: (John Donne)

    I made a map of the island, it was elaborately
    and (I thought) beautifully coloured...
    it contained harbours that pleased me like sonnets...(Robert Louis Stevenson)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,:Lythrum Press , 2007 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'Bard-Birth'i"The past incorrigibly iambic,", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 1)
Our Mutual Mentori"Some nights he acceded to the old moon's", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 2)
Man-made Godsi"No god made by man equips my spirit", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 3)
Feather on Foolscapi"On the back of a foolscap envelope", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 4)
Sea Eaglesi"The man-sized nest is a grey cone upside-", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 5)
Self-deceptioni"'I don't look older. The young grow younger.", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 6)
A Gentle Huntsmani"A spider trespassed in my sleep, fell on", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 7)
Late Dayi"Late afternoon light is jam on butter", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 8)
Private Eyei"High window, low watcher, salacious drama", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 9)
Song-line from Penneshawi"Gales off the ocean unscab the shore line;", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 10)
Oceanic Abstracti"Along the tide-rummaged shore and shunting", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 11)
Terms and Conditionsi"Subrogation: a new clause which describes", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 12)
'Do Not Use This Urinal : Leaking Through the Roof'i"That's what the sign said in wobbling letters", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 13)
Full Moon at 5 A.M.i"This declaration of independence,", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 14)
Two in One Morningi"Our grapevine transmission is still around", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 15)
Som's Partyi"Soft parchment of a face, youth's manuscript", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 16)
Biopsyi"Cells ignite themselves. Tissue can't resist.", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 17)
The Heritage Equationi"A child picks up anything - a spiral", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 18)
Aperturei"Today the boy lost his first tooth while", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 19)
Happy Endingi"Tonight a few more stars disintegrate", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 20)

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Works about this Work

'Past Shapes of Things Present' in the Poetry of Syd Harrex (1935 – ) Ralph Spaulding , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 48-61)
‘Syd Harrex was born in Smithton, Tasmania, in 1935 and completed his education in Hobart in the 1950s and 60s. He left Tasmania in 1966 to become a Foundation staff member at Flinders University from where he retired in 2001 as Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English. Harrex began writing and publishing poetry while a student at the University of Tasmania and his poetry retains something of the “silent croon” of his island home. This chapter considers Harrex’s kinship with the poetry of some of his contemporaries and predecessors. It shows how Harrex’s relationship with these writers is a creative dialogue that shapes and enhances his thematic concerns, rather than displaying any sense of Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence.” The chapter also charts Harex’s poetic journey through different Australian landscapes and from immediate and personal concerns to an exploration of some of the poetry’s universal themes.’ (48)
Poetry Survey Jennifer Harrison , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 118 2009; (p. 62-73)

— Review of Moving Along : Selected Verse John K. Murphy , 2008 selected work poetry ; Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry ; Basket of Sunlight Meredith Wattison , 2007 selected work poetry ; Elsewhere John Mateer , 2007 selected work poetry ; The Balcony David Brooks , 2008 selected work poetry
A Century Not Out! Ralph Spaulding , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 15 no. 3 2008; (p. 51-53)

— Review of Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry
Untitled Tully Barnett , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 1 no. 1 2008;

— Review of Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry
Untitled Tully Barnett , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 1 no. 1 2008;

— Review of Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry
Poetry Survey Jennifer Harrison , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 118 2009; (p. 62-73)

— Review of Moving Along : Selected Verse John K. Murphy , 2008 selected work poetry ; Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry ; Basket of Sunlight Meredith Wattison , 2007 selected work poetry ; Elsewhere John Mateer , 2007 selected work poetry ; The Balcony David Brooks , 2008 selected work poetry
A Century Not Out! Ralph Spaulding , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 15 no. 3 2008; (p. 51-53)

— Review of Dougie's Ton, & 99 Other Sonnets S. C. Harrex , 2007 selected work poetry
'Past Shapes of Things Present' in the Poetry of Syd Harrex (1935 – ) Ralph Spaulding , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 48-61)
‘Syd Harrex was born in Smithton, Tasmania, in 1935 and completed his education in Hobart in the 1950s and 60s. He left Tasmania in 1966 to become a Foundation staff member at Flinders University from where he retired in 2001 as Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English. Harrex began writing and publishing poetry while a student at the University of Tasmania and his poetry retains something of the “silent croon” of his island home. This chapter considers Harrex’s kinship with the poetry of some of his contemporaries and predecessors. It shows how Harrex’s relationship with these writers is a creative dialogue that shapes and enhances his thematic concerns, rather than displaying any sense of Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence.” The chapter also charts Harex’s poetic journey through different Australian landscapes and from immediate and personal concerns to an exploration of some of the poetry’s universal themes.’ (48)
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