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The Clay Boat single work   poetry   "The boat made by the boy was painted blue,"
Alternative title: Clay
  • Author:agent Jan Owen
Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 The Clay Boat
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A model boat made by a boy in childhood remains after the adult's death, itself an heirloom. Its lasting colours now symbolise the boat of Ra in Egyptian mythology, which carries the soul to safety after the clay of the body is lost.


  • First line in Poems 1980-2008 reads : 'The boat made by the boy'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title appears in Blackberry Season and Poems 1980-2008
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Southerly vol. 49 no. 3 September 1989 Z588975 1989 periodical issue 1989 pg. 512
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Blackberry Season Jan Owen , Canberra : Molonglo Press , 1993 Z123907 1993 selected work poetry Canberra : Molonglo Press , 1993 pg. 60
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 177
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