Collected Poems by Charles Buckmaster

Reviewed by
August 1989, no. 113
Kevin Hart reviews 'Collected Poems' by Charles Buckmaster

Collected Poems

by Charles Buckmaster

University of Queensland Press, $16.95 pb, 168 pp

Collected Poems by Charles Buckmaster

Reviewed by
August 1989, no. 113

All poets have two chances of being remembered. A few, the strongest of their age, compose a handful of poems that resist time and indifference. Many more never attain anything like poetic strength, yet their works are preserved because they embody a particular style or period. It is still too early to judge where Charles Buckmaster will be placed in the ranks of Australian literature. Already, though, the process of canonisation has started, and at the very least Buckmaster is likely to be read as an exemplary figure of Australian poetry in the 1960s.

Kevin Hart reviews 'Collected Poems' by Charles Buckmaster

Collected Poems

by Charles Buckmaster

University of Queensland Press, $16.95 pb, 168 pp

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