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The Fitzroy Poems by Π.Ο. & Night flowers by Thalía

Reviewed by
August 1989, no. 113
Alan Wearne reviews 'The Fitzroy Poems' by Π.Ο. and 'Night flowers' by Thalía

The Fitzroy Poems

by Π.Ο.

Collective Effort Press, GPO Box 2430U, Melbourne 3001

Book Cover 2 Small

Night flowers

by Thalía

Collective Effort Press, GPO Box 2430U, Melbourne 3001.

The Fitzroy Poems by Π.Ο. & Night flowers by Thalía

Reviewed by
August 1989, no. 113

Con the Fruiterer bears the same relation to Australia’s Greek community as the Melbourne Moomba procession does the Eight-Hour Day. Doubtless, there are Hellenic-Australians who relish the performance of whatever WASP funny-man plays him; some Australians are known to approve lovingly of Sir Les Patterson, but at least Barry Humphries always belongs to the nationality he portrays. What really propels Con is that Aussies feel he talks (and therefore thinks and probably acts) funny. It’s all an Edwardian ‘Coon Show’, with Mr Bones and Mr Interlocutor, 1980s style. The kind of society which tolerates this phenomenon with yawn-inspiring regularity (and terms it comedy) might be the subject for any number of sociology essays. Let’s hope that poets never attain the status of Con and his kind, though it’s a fair bet that poets find people far funnier than any comedian.

Alan Wearne reviews 'The Fitzroy Poems' by Π.Ο. and 'Night flowers' by Thalía

The Fitzroy Poems

by Π.Ο.

Collective Effort Press, GPO Box 2430U, Melbourne 3001

Book Cover 2 Small

Night flowers

by Thalía

Collective Effort Press, GPO Box 2430U, Melbourne 3001.

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