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Fay Zwicky

Fay Zwicky

Fay Zwicky is the author of several collections of poetry, including Kaddish and Other Poems (1982) and Picnic: New Poems (2006). Her awards include the 2005 Patrick White Award. She lives in Western Australia.

National Library of Australia Essay | 'Vast spaces, quiet voices: Chinese connections in Australian poetry' by Fay Zwicky

September 1994, no. 164 01 September 1994
Without the support of a recognisably unified literary tradition, the Australian poet has had to come to terms with the diverse elements of an increasingly heterogeneous culture. Australia is, was, and ever shall be, someone else’s country, a homeland so fundamentally altered as a concept as to be no longer comfortably recognisable as ‘Home’. Paradoxically, if anything has drawn Australian p ... (read more)

'Little Fly' by Fay Zwicky

August 2017, no. 393 23 July 2017
After John Bunyan My Mužka (‘little fly’ in Czech)Goes softly but she goeth sure.She stumbles not as larger creatures do,Her journey’s shorter so she may endureMore puissant than do those who further go. Right at my feet she canny curls,She makes no noise but delicately pawsThe bony beast appointed for her meal,Feeds quiet, a marvel of containment. Her modest inch of soul shines clearFro ... (read more)