‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’ Can I begin like that? It’s risky, and contentious, and will probably come back at me. But it’s no less a stupid comment for all that. In my experience it is usually the ones who say it who are the ones who can’t. ... (read more)
David Brooks is a writer, editor, and poet who teaches at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a secret history of Australian poetry (2011).
Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.87–54 BC) may have died young, but his limited output (only 113 poems and some fragments have survived) has immortalised him as a writer of erotic and satiric verse and savage portraits of contemporaries, so frank sometimes that, until recent decades, editions of his work were customarily heavily expurgated. Innumerable poets through the ages have kept his flame burnin ... (read more)