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JPR 01 Contents: A descriptive list (JPR can be found here.

Early days yet: no articles, but so far the magazine is full of resources for your research into mid-twentieth-century Australian poetry:
Research Resources:

Warning: these resources reveal a strong gender bias typical of the period. See if you can guess what it is.

[Link:] Vivian Smith: Australian Poetry in the sixties: Some Mid-Century Notes. ‘What is most likely to strike the viewer of the Australian scene is the prevailing conservatism of most of the poetry written here.’ [Link:] Robert Kenny: Welcome Stranger: An Introduction to Applestealers — a collection of the New Poetry in Australia, 1974. ‘[T]he one quality that stands out when reading the bulk of Australian Poetry written prior to the sixties is an abnormal mediocrity’. [Link:] Kris Hemensley: The Beginnings — a note on La Mama (1973-74): ‘”Vietnam” was the shorthand for all that was ugly, evil and obsolescent in the world. The need for the new was felt by many people in every situation from the socio-political to the literary.’

[Link:] John Hawke: Stream magazine, 1931: ‘With an Art Deco cover featuring a nude figure with paintbrush in one hand and a copy of T.S.Eliot’s Poems in the other, Stream presented articles on the international Modernist movement in art, music, theatre, film and literature.’ [Link:] Robert Drewe: So It Goes: Fangs bared A poetry reading in Sydney in 1977. [Link:] Cyril Pearl in 1970: On The Margin: “Stirring a brew of obscurity, banality, and imperception in a solipsistic lubberland is not the way to attract avid readers.” [Link:] Kris Hemensley: Notes and Comments 1, 1973: “Communities are born, live a while then die, sad and necessary movements flourish, undergrounds emerge to eventually consume the decaying old structure, resuscitating Poetry’s spirit, and, finally invite new rebellions. C’est la vie!” From his articles in New Poetry magazine way back when the world was new and dope was good for you and poetry really mattered! [Link:] Kris Hemensley: Notes and Comments 2, 1974: “What is a Poetry magazine and what is it supposed to do? Carlos Williams referred to it as a street, along which one might meet friends, old and new.” From his articles in New Poetry magazine in the good old days. [Link] Kris Hemensley, Notes and Comments 3, 1974: “Enquiries addressed to Jack Shoemaker at the Serendipity Bookshop, 1790 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, Cal. 94709, will be diverted but not disappointed.” [Link] Poetry Australia number 32: February 1970: “Preface to the Seventies”: 54 poems, four articles, from the Avant le Deluge years! “This section features the February 1970 issue of Poetry Australia, the ‘Preface to the Seventies’ issue, guest-edited by John Tranter, who was 26 at the time. He persuaded Grace Perry, the general editor of the magazine, to allow him to collect a group of poems and essays that reflected the newer currents in Australian poetry. Not long after the issue was published he left for two years in Singapore. It was his first of many anthologies of poetry. See the Contents Page of this issue of JPR for other sections relating to Poetry Australia; most of issue 32 of the magazine is reproduced here.”

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