4. Dance, Little Wombat single work   poetry   "Ahab within, mad master of my craft,"
Is part of Where the Bunyip Builds its Nest : Five Centos Michael Sharkey 2011 sequence poetry
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 4. Dance, Little Wombat
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  • Author's note: 'Part 4, "Dance, Little Wombat", is a tribute to the Australian Surrealist poets (Max Harris and the "Angry Penguins") and the home-grown nativist "Jindyworobaks" (Rex Ingamells, Ian Mudie, Flexmore Hudson, Roland Robinson, William Hart-Smith and others who contributed to Jindyworobak anthologies in the late 1930s through to 1950s). The Jindyworobaks' idea was, generally, to eject English and "foreign" references from Australian poetry and employ Aboriginal words and references. Native place names, flora, and Australian ways of speaking were to displace English poeticisms and diction. Les Murray donates a line, because in a talk he once gave, he referred to himself as "the last of the Jindyworobaks".' (Source: Editorial p. 8-9)

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  • Appears in:
    y Southerly A Nest of Bunyips vol. 71 no. 3 2011 Z1860341 2011 periodical issue 2011 pg. 14-15
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Poems 2012 John Tranter (editor), Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 Z1902441 2012 anthology poetry "In this impressive anthology John Tranter weaves many threads into a portrait of Australian poetry in 2012. Emerging poets sit alongside the celebrated, travelling from Lake Havasu City to Graz, and nursing homes to fairgrounds, with characters as diverse as David Bowie, Emily Dickinson and Rumpelstiltskin." [Source: publisher's blurb - back cover] Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 pg. 36-37
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