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The Long Game and Other Poems by Bruce Beaver

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April 2005, no. 270
John Tranter reviews 'The Long Game and Other Poems' by Bruce Beaver

The Long Game and Other Poems

by Bruce Beaver

University of Queensland Press, $22.95 pb, 186 pp, 0702235091

The Long Game and Other Poems by Bruce Beaver

Reviewed by
April 2005, no. 270

The Sydney poet Bruce Beaver died in February 2004 after a long struggle with kidney failure that kept him on dialysis for more than a decade. He was seventy-six years old. Beaver was seen as a sympathetic older figure by many poets of my generation, born a dozen years later. I met him when I was in my twenties, and found him to be a generous friend. When the poet Michael Dransfield, younger still, called on him in the early 1970s, it was a natural meeting of minds. In one poem in The Long Game and Other Poems, Beaver says that ‘poor Dransfield draped / me with a necklet of dandelions / once and kissed my forehead / in what must have been / a satirical salute’. I have a feeling that the salute was heartfelt, but Bruce was painfully modest.


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John Tranter reviews 'The Long Game and Other Poems' by Bruce Beaver

The Long Game and Other Poems

by Bruce Beaver

University of Queensland Press, $22.95 pb, 186 pp, 0702235091

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