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Michael Heyward

Michael Heyward

Michael Heyward was co-editor of the literary magazine Scripsi. He is now managing director and publisher for Text Publishing.

Michael Heyward reviews 'Patrick White: Letters' edited by David Marr

November 1994, no. 166 01 November 1994
Letters turn talking to yourself and to someone else into the same thing. The recipient can’t interrupt, and can’t answer back, at least not yet. Self-obsession is almost a virtue in letters since correspondents who won’t talk about themselves are boring. But letters also make for unreliable autobiography because they’re written out of an understanding not just of what the sender wants to ... (read more)

Michael Heyward reviews 'The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse' edited by Les A. Murray

July 1986, no. 82 01 July 1986
This book can read at times as though it were Les Murray’s revenge on Australian poetry. Of course, no anthology will please all of the people all of the time, but this one does not so much seem to represent any consistent view of what significant poems have been written in this country as Murray’s own projections about the kinds of poetry which ought to have been written here. The New Oxford ... (read more)

Michael Heyward reviews 'Travelling' by Andrew Taylor

February–March 1986, no. 78 01 February 1986
The immediate virtues of this book are not difficult to see: Andrew Taylor is a skilled poet who understands the workings of syntax and rhythm, and who knows how to shape his poems into unified patterns with an apparent minimum of fuss. The poems tend to have a regular and easy pace; their fluency is considerable. Taylor writes with a genuine confidence and a literary awareness which is for the mo ... (read more)

Michael Heyward reviews 'The Cloud Passes Over' by Robert Harris

April 1986, no. 79 01 April 1986
This book signals a dramatic shift in the poetry of Robert Harris. His three previous books – Localities (1973), Translations from the Albatross (1976), The Abandoned (1979) – were born out of an intense and self-propelling passion for the glitter and the glow of words, the power they have to transform reality through a kind of internal poetic combustion. This was a poetry laden with abstracti ... (read more)