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Peter Ward, noted critic and freelance journalist has written an open letter to co-editor Rob Tillett regarding the state of Australian Literature. His remarks, reproduced here in their entirety, are indicative of his concern for literature and society. [Editor's introduction]
'An ageing but respectable poet was once heard to utter these syllables when confronted with some of the new radical poetry broadsheets. Editor Rob Tillett endeavors to partially answer this pained question, but begs leave to inform those who already know that they may skip the essay itself and read only the last paragraph if indeed they feel so inclined. For those who know now, may it prove both inspiring and enlightening...' [Editor's abstract].