September 24th, 2008

Poets Down Under

Yipes, there's all this Australian poetry I didn't know about.  I'm not quite in love with it yet, but right now it's very interesting.

I did know about Banjo Paterson, (Waltzing Matilda, Man From Snowy River) but I didn't know anything about Gwen Harwood, or a host of others.

If you google Harwood you get tons of school-essays.  I guess she's required reading down under.  In one such essay I found this sentence:

"The poetry of Gwen Harwood is very malleable."

You can twist it into shapes -
household gods or prancing apes,
in airtight hermeneutics with Houdini-like escapes.