Bruce Beaver Bruce Beaver i(A554 works by) (a.k.a. Bruce Victor Beaver)
Also writes as: Victor Bruce
Born: Established: 14 Feb 1928 Manly, Manly - Allambie - Curl Curl area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, ; Died: Ceased: 17 Feb 2004
Gender: Male
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Bruce Beaver was born and educated in Manly, Sydney. He worked as a surveyor's chainman, farm labourer, radio program arranger, clerk, fruit picker, proof reader for the New Zealand Herald (1960-62) and freelance journalist. From the age of seventeen, he was treated several times for manic depression, an experience that would be examined in one of his best-known works.

Beaver published his first volume of poetry in 1961 and followed this with several more volumes, but it was his Letters to Live Poets (1969) that attracted most attention, winning several awards. A series of confessional poems arranged as a livre composé, Letters to Live Poets influenced the style and direction of much Australian poetry in the early 1970s. While his later poetry has not attracted the same attention as this volume, he is widely admired for his experimentation and skill with the forms of prose-poetry and confessional poetry. Furthermore, his role as adviser and contributing editor to Poetry Australia had a significant influence on the "New Australian Poetry" of the 1970s.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

October 1999 "It's come! Spring's second month with", Australian Book Review , April no. 260 The Long Game and Other Poems , 2004 single work poetry
2004 shortlisted National Poetry Festival Poem of the Millennium
Letters to Live Poets 1969 selected work poetry

Letters to Live Poets (1969) is a series of confessional poems arranged as a livre compose. It is a major work of Australian poetry having had a profound influence since it was first published.

(Source: Sydney University Press)

1970 third Captain Cook Bicentenary Awards Poetry Section
1970 winner Grace Leven Poetry Prize
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Morbid Transfers Peter Rose 2008 single work poetry
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