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May 29, 2024


Excellent post.

Though dying in early 1998 John remains the best Australian poet born, let's say in the past 80 years. And to many of his fans this should include the English speaking/writing world. A new edition of his Collected Poems is about to be issued by Brandl and Schlesinger, whilst a biography is heading to completion for, it's hoped, a 2025 publication. Few I've known have lived more for poetry, though this doesn't preclude his fabulous range of interests, propped by a superb general knowledge, which certainly propelled so much of his work.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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