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February 05th 2014 print

The Dirt On Overland’s Poetry Editor

When Peter Minter banned Quadrant's poets from his magazine's pages on the grounds that they had published in what he likened to a Nazi journal, the curious might have wondered just what sort of verse he actually favours. Here's a hint

minter smallWhen Overland‘s poetry editor, Peter Minter, banned Quadrant‘s poets from his pages on that grounds that they had published in what he likened to a Nazi journal, the curious might have wondered just what sort of verse he actually favours.

Wonder no longer.

Here is Minter in full-blown poetic mode (and kaftan) reflecting on bees and flowers while filling hankies with dirt atop a mountain.

Overland, which has remained resolutely schtum about its poetry editor’s blacklist, has received $399,000 from the Australia Council’s Literature Board since 2010 — money that would not seem to be in jeopardy, given the Australia Council’s ruling that banning poets for the pettiest of petty political reasons falls within its funding guidelines.

– Roger Franklin