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Metaphorical Guns for Hire
In the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, the eponymous hero - a brilliant poet with an extremely large nose - improvises romantic poetry to help his friend seduce the woman they both love. With an entrepreneurial panache arguably untypical of poets, Australian Poetry have taken this idea to a whole new level. The Australian Poetry website is putting out a call to poets…
Last Words for Peter Porter
The passing of Peter Porter in April created an absence in Australian poetry that many are still mourning.
His obituary in the Guardian quoted Porter’s poetic maxim from the 1960s “What I have written, I have written, and I do the best I can.” which was followed-up by reader’s letters.
The Australian ran their obituary which created several inspiring responses. Alex Miller wrote of…
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