First Person

On My Australian Poetry

John Dryden once defined music as “inarticulate poesy” (poetry). Turning that around, I define poetry as “articulate music”, for that is what the best poetry is: sound cut into time as rhythm for harmonies of expression. Hybrid Publishers of Ormond in Victoria, who have published my last five books, clearly like both my Australian poetry and the music it contains, whilst some publishers, most critics and all the arts bureaucracies find it difficult to look past my Greek surname. I could document examples of discrimination against my work because of my Greek surname at territory, state and federal levels, but…

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