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Poet of the Women’s War

Collected Poems of Lesbia Harford edited by Oliver Dennis UWA Publishing, 2014, 135 pages, $29.99   If the Great War were our subject, and poetry the sole lens we employed to look at it, we might remark how, while the war’s evocation for English readers came from their male soldier-poets in the front line, for Australian readers this came from a singular woman who worked on the home front in clothing factories. And while those soldier-poets conjured images of men en masse from which an individual might catch intermittent, piteous light—in Wilfred Owen’s “Strange Meeting” for instance—by contrast, the Australian…

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