First Person

Short Takes XXI

3/1/15 Saturday makes review palaver From today’s reviews the poets get two reprimands. First I learn … … that our loveable envoy, Clive James, is unhappy with Australian poets because he finds them oafs regarding their expertise in prosody. Largely he’s right, and certainly to practise poetry as a craft in Oz is to live on Torpor Mews. But I do live here and did apply myself to learn my numbers and echo-craft. So how can I not take Clive’s unhappiness with us all personally? Who, after taking pains, can bear to be overlooked by an expatriate practitioner also adroit…

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