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Please see The Malley Variations: at:, part of the Poetry Category page. Here are the Notes:


These poems (the Malley Variations) are collaborations, utilising the ‘Breakdown’ computer program; the voice of Ern Malley is inspired by and speaks through the voices of other writers at key moments in their careers.

— ‘An American in Paris’, Ern Malley and Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer.
— ‘Benzedrine’, Ern Malley and Allen Ginsberg, ‘Howl’.
— ‘The Master of the Black Stones’, Ern Malley and Yasunari Kawabata, The Master of Go.
— ‘Flying High’, Ern Malley and Captain W.E.Johns, Biggles Defies the Swastika.
— ‘Pussy Willow’, Ern Malley and Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
— ‘Smaller Women’, Ern Malley and Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
— ‘Transatlantic’, Ern Malley and Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas.
— ‘Under Tuscan Skies’, Ern Malley and Edward Morgan Forster, Room With a View.
— ‘Year Dot’, Ern Malley and real estate advertisements for properties offered for sale in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, June and July 1994.
— ‘The Urn of Loneliness’, Ern Malley and Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness.



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Michael-Dransfield, 1948-1973:

Reviewed: Michael Dransfield, 1948-1973

Reviewed: Michael Dransfield: Seventy years old

Biographical note: Michael Dransfield (1948-73) was born and grew up in Sydney. He attended Sydney Grammar school and (briefly) the University of Sydney, and worked for a while in the Australian Taxation Department as a clerk before drifting into the counter-culture and adopting the role of wandering minstrel. He was a prolific writer of lyrical poems which gained wide attention early, and which later in his brief career came to focus more and more on drug experiences.

After injecting an unknown substance (heroin?) into his jugular vein, he became unconscious and fell into a coma that lasted a month; he finally died in Mater Hospital in Sydney on 20 April 1973. He was in his mid-twenties, and he died before his talent had fully matured, leaving behind close to a thousand poems.

His first book was Streets of the Long Voyage (UQP, 1970). His Collected Poems (UQP, 1987) was edited by Rodney Hall, who as poetry editor of The Australian newspaper had been among the first to publish Dransfield’s poetry —

[»»] 1987 Collected Poems, by Michael Dransfield, edited by Rodney Hall, University of Queensland Press, paperback, $14:95. First published in the Weekend Australian 21–22 November 1987. This piece is 800 words or about two printed pages long.

[»»] Sydney City Coroner’s report on Michael Dransfield’s death, from the Sunday Mirror, June, 1973.

[»»] ‘The Poetry Explosion’ — Virginia Osborne introduces six talented young Sydney poets, Vogue Australia, April 1971 (Robert Adamson, John Tranter, Michael Dransfield, Martin Johnston, Terry Larsen, and Peter Skrzynecki.)

[»»] John Tranter: Two Poems for Michael Dransfield.

[»»] A photo and a map of Michael’s loft flat.