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'Nuages' by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Wednesday, 06 June 2018
Ah, the ever-lyrical, even if
stared into from a cabin up above:
snowy cloud-sonata which then
recedes into softness
with its airy iceberg flocks
can be the stuff of verse or
counterpoint, say, but can’t
feed serious fiction for
the yarnspinner has to eat
the heavy middle of our sand ...

About Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry. His most recent books of verse include The Universe Looks Down (2005), and Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw (2008). He is Professor Emeritus in Culture and Communication at Melbourne University. Also a public speaker and commentator on the visual arts, he specialises in ...

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'Dylan Thomas' by William Christie

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Monday, 02 March 2015

The legendary Dylan has now been dead for a century and his fumy glitter has probably faded a little. But then, how far do any poets these days really have glamour to show for themselves, no matter how hard they drink? Very few, in the Anglophone world at least: there’s nobody around like Wales’s roaring boy.


'The Least Feigning', a new poem by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

What you say
about poetry
could very well
be stone-
cold factual

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'Fairly Fine Tuned Schedule Wise', a new poem by Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

It’s the stale argument once again
of course, old verbal horse,
about that ethnic fairy land
and all the dark-brown banksia men

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Chris Wallace-Crabbe : 'Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures'

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Sunday, 28 April 2013

Simonides of Ceos is said to have declared that ‘Painting is mute poetry, poetry a speaking picture.’ All of us know something of what he means, about our thirst for information from the arts: and, if you like, our scrabbling for the visible within a text. One half of his mirrored pronouncement is verified by those people who, in an art museum, hurry to the cura ...

First, I will bore you with some Chris Wallace-Crabbe statistics. Born in 1934, he has thirty-three ‘new’ poems in his New and Selected Poems, which is an average of about seven poems a year since his last volume, Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw (2008). That is a lot of poems for the second half ...

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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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