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Chris Wallace-Crabbe on the new biography of Davis McCaughey

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

State governors hold a curious role across Australia, one that will be called into question when – one of these fine days, but none too soon – our nation becomes a republic. There will be lots of fine-tuning to be done before that, from the roles of Her Majesty’s representatives here all the way down to Royal Park, Royal Melbourne Golf Club, and the RACV. But ...

'One House', a new poem by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Sunday, 22 April 2012

Empty for years, the house can tell us nothing.
Even though it is a maisonette, ostensibly half of a pair.
The other half is normal, inhabited, has a real dog.
Rubbish gathers here, junk mail overfills the letterbox and droops when rain makes it sodden.

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'Camaldulensis', a new poem by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Apart from those
occasional wrinkled socks
you are aristocratically pallid

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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 ... ... (read more)

Auden wrote of the mature Herman Melville that he ‘sailed into an extraordinary mildness’. The same sort of thing could be found in Seamus Heaney, even though he has always written with a degree of calm, with hospitable decorum. It was this level-headedness that enabled him to write about sectarian violence in the magisterial Station Island poems (1984) ...

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