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The Independent Weekly
September 11 - 17, 2009
Set in a nest of newspapers,
old letters, yesterday's toast
and last year's promises,
your oldie measures time by teaspoonfuls.
But a visitor delivers time in spades --
great surges of information
about the likely tomorrow,
or out of the faraway past.
The calendar will be adjusted,
dusting off tiny cares and hassles --
perspectives are re-aligned:
time is in motion.
Lyric for a song
Hold me, hold me, hold me,
hold me like a lover;
even though you've told me
that you love another.
Though you love another
let your arms enfold me;
love me like a brother,
but hold me, hold me. Hold me.
Anne Hardy, wife to a country doctor, mother of
four, grandmother of nine, was born in Pt Pirie and
graduated from Adelaide University to teach science.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed with
postal address to poetscor firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor, Independent
Weekly, GPO Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A poetry book will be
awarded to each contributor.
POET'S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
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BOOK REVIEW The Bee Hut Dorothy Porter
BOOK REVIEW Killing the Black Dog Les Murray
Porter's brave battle
This book brings together the poems Dorothy
Porter wrote in the last five years of her life.
Born in Sydney in 1954, she died in Melbourne in
2008 after a four-year battle with breast cancer.
Porter rose to prominence with a series of
verse novels, one of which, The Monkey's Mask,
was made into a successful film in 2000. She also
garnered a number of literary awards, including
The Age Book of the Year for poetry, the National
Book Council Award and the Christopher
Brennan Award for poetry. Two short-listings
for the Miles Franklin
Award were also
At the time of her
death, Porter was
working on the libretto
for a rock opera with
Tim Finn of Split Enz
and Crowded House
history and far-flung
places feature in this
book, but it is for its
insight into a much
more personal and confr
that The Bee Hut will become an essential part of
the Porter canon.
In this last respect, Porter's courage and grace
alone, can be seen in some of her last lines.
These, from View From Room 417, were written
just days before her death: "The sky, twilight sky
/ is a wisping blue... / Something in me / despite
everything / can't believe my luck."
-- John Miles
Black Inc, RRP $24.95
This is a revised and updated edition
of Les Murray's 1997 collection of
poems dealing with his life-long battle
with depression; but no blackness
Murray has faced his
share of controversy,
being no stranger to both
praise and criticism. His
detractors, along with
admirers, however, would
have to acknowledge the
international as well as
that place him in select
company: "One of the
leading poets of his
generation." "Among the
poets." "Australian poet of
Murray's output would confirm this.
Thirty volumes of poetry, two verse
novels, collections of prose, which
sit alongside his generous support of
even the littlest of the literary "little
magazines", their contributors and
Murray's poetry has won many
awards, again international as well as
Australian. Born and raised
in the rural hinterland of
the NSW north coast, he
lives there still after some
years of absence.
The Black Dog
metaphor for depression
was coined by Winston
Churchill, himself no
stranger to its ravages.
But as Churchill also
aid: "All great things
are simple... a man does
what he must, in spite of
Murray's life, marriage
of 47 years, five children and many
grandchildren, not to mention his
work, would all stand testament to
-- John Miles
Black Inc, RRP $24.95
Biting back at the Black Dog
JAM USA/0574/13_CRICOS PROVIDER NO 00121B
The Hawke Centre at UniSA
presents the Kerry Packer
Civic Gallery, open weekdays.
FIRST of the Friends
8 September -- 2 October
Visit the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
Level 3, Hawke Building,
50 North Terrace, Adelaide.
For current exhibition details go to
or phone 8302 0371.
The collective talents and
experiences of the many
Friends of the SA School
of Art (UniSA) are on
show in this exhibition,
with diverse art, design
and craft pieces
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
We invite you to a free author event with
Thursday 24 September 2009 at 6.00pm
Venue: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room,
Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
John Bannon will speak on Federation themes
in South Australian political history with
reference to his recent book Supreme
Federalist: The political life of Sir John Downer
and his doctoral research on Charles Kingston.
Both figures were highly influential in different
ways on the State and the Nation, both held
office as Premier of the State, and both took
leading roles in Constitutional deliberations and
the complex movements towards Federation.
John Bannon is an Adjunct Professor of Law at
the University of Adelaide.
Bookings by Tuesday 22 September
or Telephone 8303 4064
Admission is free and open to the public; gold
coin donation invited. Seating is limited.
Sponsored by Unibooks.
Downer and Kingston:
SA themes of Federation
Friends of the University
of Adelaide Library
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