Francis Webb the magician
COLLECTED POEMS: FRANCIS WEBB
edited and introduced by Toby Davidson
UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 480 pp, 9781742582689
The deeply troubled Francis Webb, a magician with language, is still one of the two or three most remarkable poets Australia has produced, if nation-states can be said to produce creative artists. His life proved dark and painful, wherever he was located, but he worshipped language, in parallel with his worship of the Christian trinity. And his poetry has affected many of us, profoundly.