Poetry

Peter Goldsworthy: Decalogue

Decalogue   1. When I was ten I believed ten rules would see me out,   or even, fingers crossed, through, but by mid-teens   I’d forgotten one or two, and broken the best of the rest.   Some were asking for it. Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods   Before Me? Excusez-moi? I despised vanity, especially   in others, therefore, Lord of the Brats: Me before Thee.   2. Why not Take Your Name In Vain, for Chrissake?   It was never only in vain anyway, but also   to good purpose: impressing bigger boys or smaller   girls,…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.