2016: Poets in their Youth

Photos mainly by John Tranter

In the early 1800s, in the poem ‘Resolution and Independence’, William Wordsworth wrote ‘We Poets in our youth begin in gladness; / But thereof come in the end despondency and madness.’ I had posted that warning, written out in fluorescent ink, on my study wall in 1970. These photographs (all by John Tranter) are mainly of poets and their immediate friends, in their youth, before age and inevitable disillusionment arrive. To see a larger version of each photograph, click on the one you wish to view. When you have finished, click the ‘back’ key to go back to this page. Thanks to Australian poet Laurie Duggan, now living in Kent, UK, who corrected Erica Jobling’s name for me.

Also see Double Six, a series of six photographs and six paired prose poems, on this site here.

Circa January 1989, luncheon drinks at 74 Corunna Road Stanmore Sydney. L to R: poet and novelist Martin Johnston, painter Nicky Ellis, poet John Forbes. R102a-12. Photo by John Tranter.
Circa January 1989, luncheon drinks at 74 Corunna Road Stanmore Sydney. L to R: poet and novelist Martin Johnston, painter Nicky Ellis, poet John Forbes. R102a-12. Photo by John Tranter.

Poet Laurie Duggan talking to Erica Jobling, 1984. R76-8point5. Photo by John Tranter.
Poet Laurie Duggan talking to Erica Jobling, 1984. R76-8point5. Photo by John Tranter.

Erica Jobling, September 1984. R76-09. Photo by John Tranter.
Erica Jobling, September 1984. R76-09. Photo by John Tranter.
Poet John A. Scott and friends, September 1984. R76-4point5. Photo by John Tranter.
Poet John A. Scott and friends, September 1984. R76-4point5. Photo by John Tranter.
Lyn Tranter and poet and novelist Martin Johnston, September 1984. R76-06. Photo by John Tranter.
Lyn Tranter and poet and novelist Martin Johnston, September 1984. R76-06. Photo by John Tranter.
US poet and novelist George Evans, San Francisco April 1985. R84-01. Photo by John Tranter.
US poet and novelist George Evans, San Francisco April 1985. R84-01. Photo by John Tranter.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Rae Desmond Jones (blurred), Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking (blurred).
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Rae Desmond Jones (blurred), Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking (blurred).
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Lauris Edmond at Nigel Roberts' place for lunch. Next to read is Gig Ryan’s first book of poetry, «The Division of Anger», which I published a few years earlier. J.T.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Lauris Edmond at Nigel Roberts’ place for lunch. Next to read is Gig Ryan’s first book of poetry, «The Division of Anger», which I published a few years earlier. J.T.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-L to R: Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-L to R: Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Rae Desmond Jones, Lauris Edmond.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Rae Desmond Jones, Lauris Edmond.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Billy Marshall Stoneking.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Billy Marshall Stoneking.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Billy Marshall Stoneking, Rae Desmond Jones.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-Billy Marshall Stoneking, Rae Desmond Jones.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-The host, Nigel Roberts.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-The host, Nigel Roberts.
Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-After lunch: Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-After lunch: Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-After lunch: Lauris Edmond, Rae Desmond Jones, Billy Marshall Stoneking, foreground: Nigel Roberts.
1984-07-29-nigel-roberts-lunch-rozelle-After lunch: Lauris Edmond, Rae Desmond Jones, Billy Marshall Stoneking, foreground: Nigel Roberts.
c. 1946. The car I fell out of: my father, left, and young John Tranter, Bredbo, circa 1946, with Chev coupe.
c. 1946. The car I fell out of: my father, left, and young John Tranter, Bredbo, circa 1946, with Chev coupe.
1972: John Tranter, Kirsten Tranter, Linda Shannon, 100 Muston Street, Mosman, Sydney.
1972: John Tranter, Kirsten Tranter, Linda Shannon, 100 Muston Street, Mosman, Sydney.
1985: Robert Adamson smoking, Terry Street, Rozelle, photo by John Tranter.
1985: Robert Adamson smoking, Terry Street, Rozelle, photo by John Tranter.
Poet Tim Thorne in 1979, just before he returned to Launceston, Tasmania..
Poet Tim Thorne in 1979, just before he returned to Launceston, Tasmania..
1981: New Zealand poet Nigel Roberts, left, with Pam Brown (centre) and Dipti Saravanamuttu, at the 1981 Surfers Paradise magazine number 3 launch.
1981: New Zealand poet Nigel Roberts, left, with Pam Brown (centre) and Dipti Saravanamuttu, at the 1981 Surfers Paradise magazine number 3 launch.
Four young poets in 1979 at Exiles bookshop, Taylor Square, Sydney: left to right: Nigel Roberts, Nicholas Pounder, Richard Tipping, Eric Beach. Photo by John Tranter.
Four young poets in 1979 at Exiles bookshop, Taylor Square, Sydney: left to right: Nigel Roberts, Nicholas Pounder, Richard Tipping, Eric Beach. Photo by John Tranter.
1967-lyn-grady-later-Tranter--and-wild-camels-afghanistan
1967-lyn-grady-later-Tranter–and-wild-camels-afghanistan
1991: Matthew Karpin, John Forbes, Helen Loughlin, correcting an interview at John and Lyn Tranter’s place at 74 Corunna Road Stanmore NSW, on 27 July 1991, photo by John Tranter, Olympus XA, Ilford XP1
1991: Matthew Karpin, John Forbes, Helen Loughlin, correcting an interview at John and Lyn Tranter’s place at 74 Corunna Road Stanmore NSW, on 27 July 1991, photo by John Tranter, Olympus XA, Ilford XP1
1981, Courthouse Hotel, Newtown, L to R: Nigel Roberts, unknown, Richard Stern, Eve Jennings and Mark O'Connor (a.k.a. John Nash, author of «Ode to Iggy Pop»), Kathy Davidson.
1981, Courthouse Hotel, Newtown, L to R: Nigel Roberts, unknown, Richard Stern, Eve Jennings and Mark O'Connor (a.k.a. John Nash, author of «Ode to Iggy Pop»), Kathy Davidson.
John Tranter, circa 1969: a bad hair day.
John Tranter, circa 1969: a bad hair day.
Nigel Roberts, circa 1982. m12-20.
Nigel Roberts, circa 1982. m12-20.

From Double Six: 1994: Hologram Artist Paula Dawson, R112-15.
From Double Six: 1994: Hologram Artist Paula Dawson, R112-15.