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Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 Poetry in South Australia
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'When I was asked to write this article, I was at once confronted with the difficulty which ultimately must assail every critic in a contribution such as this, not whether to be merely categorical, but to say whether or not there exists in South Australia a body of representative work in which may be found evidence of true poetry. Whether there has been in the verse that exists imagination, creativeness, a tradition, a culture, a direct living note, an expression in words of the beauty of nature, or the things that affect man's spirit and his life. I do not think there has. Such verse as has been written is largely ephemeral, external, and fugitive. It does not constitute, taken as a whole, a permanent and consolidated body of work, through which one might see the national spirit or ethos as one does in English, Irish, German, and French poetry.' (From author's introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Desiderata no. 29 1 August 1936 Z1791201 1936 periodical issue 1936 pg. 17-19
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