Reading Australia: 'One hundred poems: 1919–1939' by Kenneth Slessor

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Reading Australia 10 June 2015

Reading Australia: 'One hundred poems: 1919–1939' by Kenneth Slessor

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Reading Australia 10 June 2015

People who go in for the arts are often advised Don’t give up your day job. But what’s a suitable day job for a poet? A century ago many Australian poets made a meagre living as freelance writers for newspapers and magazines. Some even took up journalism full-time, writing their verses on the side. The old Bulletin, one of the wellsprings of Australian literature, was populated by them. But, as most newspapers ceased publishing poems, by the 1930s the careers of poet and journalist began increasingly to seem like strange bedfellows. The combination was no more strange or contradictory than in the case of Kenneth Slessor (1901–1971).

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