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Above: the front cover of the second printing
of The New Australian Poetry, 1980

 

1979-TNAP-back-cvr
Above: the back cover of the second printing
of The New Australian Poetry, 1980

 

This site features two reviews of The New Australian Poetry, neither printed with the book, but both published in 1980, one by Rae Desmond Jones here, and one by the late Martin Harrison here.
Individual poems are linked to their appearance in the Contents list, below. Click on the title of the poem, and you will be taken to the file and the point in the file where the poem occurs. To get back to the Contents list, click on the appropriate link in the poem file.

 

[The New Australian Poetry, page i, not numbered]

THE NEW
AUSTRALIAN POETRY

[The New Australian Poetry, page ii, blank, not numbered]

 

[The New Australian Poetry, page ii, blank, not numbered]

 

The New

Australian Poetry

Edited with an introduction by John Tranter

Makar Press


[The New Australian Poetry, page iv, not numbered]

 

Published by Makar Press, P.O. Box 71, St. Lucia,
Q.4067. The New Australian Poetry was typeset by Rat Graffix
in llpt. Baskerville, one point leaded. The book was designed
by Martin Duwell and printed and bound by Wilke
Printers (Qld) Pty Ltd.

National Library of Australia Card Number and
ISBN 0 909354 32 4

Copyright Selection and Introduction © John Tranter 1979.

Published with the Assistance of the Literature Board
of the Australia Council

[Note: This version is based on this one, ]
Reprinted with corrections 1980


[The New Australian Poetry, page v]

CONTENTS

Bruce Beaver
        1 from Letters To Live Poets (I)
        4 from Letters To Live Poets (XII)
        5 from Lauds And Plaints (V)
    10 from Lauds And Plaints (VII)
    12 from Odes And Days (2)
    12 from Odes And Days (18)
    13 from Odes And Days (28)
    14 from Odes And Days (36)
    14 from Odes And Days (39)
    15 from Death’s Directives (I)
    17 from Death’s Directives (II)

Rae Desmond Jones
    19 The Electric Chair
    21 Telephone Elegy
    23 The Poets
    24 The Word Massage
    25 The Generator
    27 Just After Dark
    28 The Front Window
    29 Age


[The New Australian Poetry, page vi]

    31 & The People
    32 Flak
    34 Jungle Juice
    35 The El Paso Restaurant
    36 James Dean

Nigel Roberts
    39 Note / To A Friend / On A Commune
    40 As Bruce Beaver Does
    41 The Anthem/Sam
    41 Max Factor Pink
    42 Dialogue With John Forbes
    42 The Mona Lisa Tea Towel
    43 The Guardians of Poetry
    46 Aberrant Poetics 3 — Note / To The Typist
    47 For the Little Magazines
    48 The Quote From Auden
    51 Reward / For A Missing Deity

Michael Dransfield
    53 Bum’s Rush
    54 Fix
    54 Parnassus Mad Ward
    55 Memoirs of A Velvet Urinal
    56 That Which We Call A Rose
    56 The City Theory
    57 The Hermit Of Green Light
    58 Endsight
    58 Returning
    59 Colonial Poet
    60 Chopin Ballade
    61 Portrait Of The Artist As An Old Man
    61 Courland Penders: Going Home
    62 Poem Beginning With A Line


[The New Australian Poetry, page vii]

    63 Epiderm
    63 Minstrel

Vicki Viidikas
    64 Four Poems On A Theme
    67 Loaded Hearts
    68 His Face Broke Up
    69 Future
    69 Steve and The Big Smoke

Tim Thorne
    73 High Country
    74 Sideflower
    75 Highway      (Not included in the book’s Contents page)
    75 Whatever Happened To Conway Twitty
    76 Advice To A Popular Hero
    76 Autumn
    78 Interlude: The Final Owl
    79 The Shifting Locus

Robert Adamson
    80 The Harbour Braces Itself
    81 Toward Abstraction / Possibly A Gull’s Wing
    81 Between The Silver & The Glass
    82 The Unpopular Scale Of Values
    83 Action Would Kill It / A Gamble
    84 Passing Through Experiences
    85 The Rumour
The long poem ‘The Rumour’ was not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

    85 Synoptic: The Open Song (‘A sequence, as objects alight with his touch… ’)

    86 The Rumour: Part One, Section 1 (‘the first man to hear / Angels Sounding… ’)

    89 The Rumour: Part One, Section 2 (‘the hand of keys / now lifted from its mythology… ’)

    90 The Rumour: Part Two, Section 1 (‘She works on me / seems lain down… ’)

    91 The Rumour: Part Two, Section 2 (‘ …slowly scratch the word / Christabel on sand… ’)

    92 The Rumour: Part Three, Section 1 (‘Suddenly there’s a need to / preamble out… ’)

    93 The Rumour: Part Three, Section 2
(‘These poets on poetry / continue to infest… ’)

    94 The Rumour: Part Three, Section 3 (‘Rumour’s design / a pressure extending these propositions… ’)

    96 The Rumour: Part Three, Section 4 (‘Shelley must have been / our first love… ’)

    97 The Rumour: Part Four, Section 1 (‘Source after / Source without his ascending breath… ’)

    99 The Rumour: Part Four, Section 2 (‘everything’s involving / freedom now… ’)

    101 The Rumour: Coda: Everybody Gathered in Objection (‘Always / as from the start,… ’)

    102 Getting Further Away
    103 Sibyl
    103 Sonnets To Be Written From Prison
    106 My Afternoon
    106 Nigel’s Eyes
    107 My Granny
    108 My House


[The New Australian Poetry, page viii]

Martin Johnston

    109 The Blood Aquarium
The long poems ‘The Blood Aquarium’ and ‘Microclimatology’ were not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

109 1  Pan Apolek’s scarf whirls the horizon inward

110 2  Han-shan: ‘The Cold Mountain’. / Sandalwood night…

110 3  ‘There is no riddle’ / moon flute

111 4  The tension of the erect bowstring

111 5  Nolan once tipped up a Riverina landscape

111 6  Han-shan: ‘The Cold Mountain’. / Pascal squats here…

112 7  Flux is a nounless language.

112 8  The track there veers through the fir cones

113 9  Vogelfrei: / a merry-go-round with claws.

114 10  Set apart end of this talking:

114 11  Walking home one night, under a streetlamp,

115 12  Rain slices the night, / moonstalks lick around

115 13  ‘All in the not done, / all in the diffidence

115 14  Green and gold, a girdle scarfs the sky’s edge

116 15  Early morning on the Cold Mountain; / fog skeins

116 16  Curtained in claret hessian / my window

117 17  the mountain crumbles / keeping still

117 18  Tonight the air is delicate / like those tremulous

118 19  The Celestial Stag / according to Jorge Luis Borges

118 20  ‘The colour transmitted / is always complementary

119 21  Shut down shop, hang the willow-pattern,

120 22  And the quarry, pinned in a sapless tussock,

121 23  The statues in the Parthenon used to be painted.

Microclimatology

121 Pebble Other people have amber beads

121 2 The unreality of roosters I have come reluctantly

122 Winter Solstice I Small chill reflections

122 Winter Solstice II Yes, Magritte was right:

122 Winter Solstice III Summer presents itself

122 Winter Solstice IV The wind recapitulates

123 Winter Solstice V It’s little consolation to a water-ice

123 Winter Solstice VI The peaks across the bay are feet deep

123 Winter Solstice VII A sky this size coordinates

123 Winter Solstice VIII Defrosting and subsequent

123 Winter Solstice IX O wild west wind, I apostrophize you

123 Winter Solstice X Under white midwinter sun

123 Winter Solstice XI The flies are still alive

123 Winter Solstice XII You have to just go / up

124 Winter Solstice XIII One hadn’t expected — one hardly

124 Winter Solstice XIV These infinitely various mirrorings

124 Winter Solstice XV The streets will run green and scarlet

124 The Evidence It isn’t as though

125 The Rent It has been less than satisfactory.

126 The House / for Nadia There is no need to talk

126 Notes from the noctarium I Hedgehog

127 Notes from the noctarium II When they cut down

127 Notes from the noctarium III The frogs still hop, awkward

127 8  The benefactors Mr. Achillopoulos’ Mercantile School

Jennifer Maiden

    131 Climbing

    131 Branching Death

    132 Hypothesis

    132 Circe

    133 The Sponge

    137 Taste

    139 The Novelist

    137 Fabrics

    141 For The Left Hand

John Tranter

    145 The Moment Of Waking

    146 The Plane

    146 Sketch For A Portrait Of A Young Woman

    147 Julie

    147 Mark

    148 Red Movie
The long poem ‘Red Movie’ was not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

    159 The Guadalcanal Motel

    159 The Dubious Synthesis

    160 The Question Of Values

    161 Sonnets
The long selection of poems ‘Sonnets’ was not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

Ken Taylor

    166 Society Affair

    166 Journal — 1965

    167 At Valentines — Part One

    177 At Valentines — Part Two

    177 Maurie In America


[The New Australian Poetry, page ix]

Charles Buckmaster

    184 An End To Myth

    185 The Beginning

Robert Kenny
from A Book Of Detection

    189 The Man Whose Greatness…

    190 The Best Of All Possible Detectives… (1)

    191 Sergeant Cuff, Or:…

    191 The Best Of All Possible Detectives… (2)

    192 The Prospective Story…

    194 The Golden House Girl’s…

    194 An Antipodean Scar:…

    195 The Detective Unable To Find…

Kris Hemensley

    196 Sulking In The Seventies

    197 The Coffee-Flavoured Milk

    198 A Sunday Jaunt

    201 Three Cheers For Bathurst, NSW

    202 Poem To Marseille

    204 from The Poem Of The Clear Eye

    209 from A Mile From Poetry

Clive Faust

    213 Near The Park

    214 Re-Pair

    214 Accommodation

    215 Some Hints

    216 Setting Up House

    216 Foreign Cargoes

Walter Billeter

    218 In Memoriam Paul Celan (1920-1970)


[The New Australian Poetry, page x]

Rudi Krausmann

    225 from ‘Structures’

    225 Beast And Man

    225 Fish

    226 Crab

    226 Ants

    226 Elephant

    226 Monkeys

    227 Snake

from ‘Maps’

    227 Great Britain

    227 Greece

    228 Japan

    228 The Fish

    230 From Another Shore

Philip Hammial

    236 Automobiles Of The Asylum

    237 Jeremiah, Twice Over

    237 Triple

    238 Sag Napoleon

    239 Good Friday

    239 It’s Getting Harder

    239 Of Glory

    240 Thine Be The Replica

    240 Sadie

    241 ‘The Mother Of His Dead’

    242 Petit Guignol

Garrie Hutchinson

    243 Learning To Live Together
The long poems that make up ‘Learning To Live Together’ were not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

    243 alfresco ‘we come to breakfast…’

    243 blighty ‘I’ve pulled out the last of the peppers…’

    244 crasis ‘what combinations are these?…’

    244 domiculture ‘some nights the light from the globes…’

    245 elecampane ‘I must have a rest now…’

    245 findy ‘a stone drops cloudy as a feather…’

    246 gamut ‘the whole tribe increases…’

    246 helot ‘yawning from the headache of losing myself…’

    247 idyll ‘we have to build it inside…’

    247 jetsam ‘the stable ocean leaches out…’

    247 kickie-wickie ‘for one so small you become the earth…’

    248 lentil ‘I must rearrange the house…’

    248 mimetic ‘I can see you as your hair grows long…’

    249 nodose ‘nostrum sanctum there are swellings…’

    249 ogle ‘look I have met them…’

    250 pedimanous ‘the loss of cooking was a gift to regret…’

    250 quiz ‘what shall we do if the numbers come up?…’

    251 recidivist ‘back again, lonely magnet draws…’

    251 sundowner ‘I am walking an avenue of trees…’

    251 tinge ‘what regrets that things are not more perfect…’

    252 unbreeched ‘I am standing here examining a bruised and / damaged cock…’

    252 venery ‘how you lean against me…’

    253 wriggle ‘let us merely lie here…’

    253 xeres ‘there are ends, and sometimes namings…’

    254 yokel ‘how awkward is this pretence…’

    254 ziggurat ‘this building grows its mud sprouts…’

John Jenkins

    255 Read This!
The long poems that make up ‘Read This!’ were not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

    259 Play Corners


[The New Australian Poetry, page xi]

John Forbes

    260 Jacobean

    261 After The Bombs We Invent The Future

    262 The Venice Letters

    262 T.V.

    262 Four Heads & How To Do Them
The long poems that make up ‘Four Heads & How To Do Them’ were not assigned Parts or Sections in the Contents Page of the anthology; they appear here to provide links to assist the reader.

    262 The Classical Head ‘Nature in her wisdom…’

    263 The Romantic Head ‘The Romantic head begins…’

    264 The Symbolist Head ‘No longer begins with even…’

    264 The Conceptual Head ‘The breeze moves / the branches…’

    266 Ode To Tropical Skiing

    267 The Sorrowful Mysteries

    268 The Photograph

    268 Stalin’s Holidays

    269 Topothesia

    270 Angel

    270 Rolling In Money

    271 A Loony Tune

    271 Political Poem

Laurie Duggan

    273 Orient

    273 Cheerio

    274 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) Winter Morning 1971

    274 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) St Kilda Notebook 1944

    275 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) The Painter’s Letter 1942/46

    276 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) Interlude. The Poet 1944

    276 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) Notebook 1954

    277 ELEGY (Melbourne 1940-71) Coda 1971

    277 Sydney Notes

    279 Sleeping In The Dining Room

    281 South Coast Haiku

Alan Wearne
Forger At Midnight
A Molester’s Fortune (7am)
The Window Cleaner
Go On, Tell Me The Season Is Over
Grammar Boys Changing Trains
from Out Here
Out There (6)
Growing (7)
Midnight Thru Dawn (9)
Six Poems from ‘The Nightmarkets’


[The New Australian Poetry, page xii]

John A. Scott
Thatching
Three Sonnets Before Her Death
Two Performances
Flooded City
Six Sonnets: Even Their Stories
Five Sonnets: History
The Celebration
Five Sonnets: Studies
A Documentary On Gravity: Eight
          Sonnets On Drawings By Rod Moss


[The New Australian Poetry, page xiii]

Acknowledgments
For permission to reprint poems in this anthology, acknowledgment is made to the following:

Robert Adamson: Illumination Press for Canticles On the Skin, Island Press for Swamp Riddles, New Poetry (for the Poetry Society of Australia) for The Rumour, Big Smoke Books for Where I Come From.

Bruce Beaver: New Poetry for Death’s Directives, South Head Press for Letters To Live Poets, Lauds And Plaints and Odes And Days.

Walter Billeter: Contempa for Sediments Of Seclusion.

Charles Buckmaster: New Poetry (for the Poetry Society of Australia) for The Lost Forest.

Michael Dransfield: Maximus Books and the Estate of Michael Dransfield for Memoirs of a Velvet Urinal, University of Queensland Press for Streets of the Long Voyage, and The Inspector of Tides.

Laurie Duggan: Rigmarole Of The Hours for East, Wild & Woolley for Under The Weather.

Clive Faust: ‘Origin’

John Forbes: Angus & Robertson for Tropical Skiing, Sea Cruise Books for On The Beach.


[The New Australian Poetry, page xiv]

Philip Hammial: Island Press for Chemical Cart, Makar Press for Hear Me Eating, Red Press for More Bath, Less Water, The Saturday Centre Poets’ Series for Foot Falls And Notes.

Kris Hemensley: Island Press for A Mile from Poetry, Makar Press for Love’s Voyages, The Paper Castle for The Poem of the Clear Eye, Rigmarole Of The Hours for Sulking In The Seventies.

Garrie Hutchinson: Outback Press for Terror Australis.

John Jenkins: Makar Press for Blindspot.

Martin Johnston: University of Queensland Press for The Sea-Cucumber.

Rae Desmond Jones: Makar Press for Orpheus With A Tuba and Shakti, The Saturday Centre Poets’ Series for The Mad Vibe.

Robert Kenny: Sea Cruise for A Book of Detection.

Rudi Krausmann: Makar Press for The Water Lily, Wild & Woolley for From Another Shore.

Jennifer Maiden: Makar Press for The Occupying Forces, New Poetry (for the Poetry Society of Australia) for The Problem of Evil, Rigmarole of the Hours for Mortal Details, University of Queensland Press for Tactics.

Nigel Roberts: Wild & Woolley for In Casablanca for the Waters.

John A. Scott: Makar Press for The Barbarous Sideshow.

Ken Taylor: Contempa Publications for At Valentines.

Tim Thorne: New Poetry (for the Poetry Society of Australia) for The What Of Sane and New Foundations.

John E. Tranter: Angus & Robertson for Red Movie, Makar Press for The Blast Area and Crying In Early Infancy, South Head Press for Parallax.

Vicki Viidikas: University of Queensland Press for Condition Red, Wild & Woolley for Wrappings.

Alan Wearne: Makar Press for Public Relations, University of Queensland Press for New Devil, New Parish.

 

 

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