The Poets themselves
These days it might be said that poetry is really the medium by which poets communicate with each other. That is, basically only poets read poetry, and then only so much as they need to write their own poetry.
Even more uncharitably, it might be said that many poets' chief subject matter is themselves. Early Queensland poets were no more immune to this tendency than poets today. However, what they had to say about themselves is of course interesting to readers today.
Please click on the poem titles below to read about early Queensland poets, in their own words.
|Poem Title||First Line||Author||Published|
|"A New Shirt!' Why?||'A New Shirt!' Why?||Paul Grano||1942|
|Day-Dream||I am sitting in my office, in my office all alone||Arthur Wade||1947|
|Doomed||I ride upon a crest exultantly!||June Saunders||1938|
|Finale||When I have died build me no monument||Frank C. Francis|
|If I am Blind||If I am ever blind, I shall have seen /A jacaranda tree||Gwen Belson Taylor||1974|
|Ten of us||Ten of us, eager as men may be,||Francis Kenna||1895|
|The Seventh Child||I am the seventh child||Paula Fitzgerald||1972|
|When||When Betelgeuse holds out her shining hand||Llywelyn Lucas||1943|
|Why I am Poor||Because, my friends I have a savage glee/ in drinking to the dregs the draughts of life||AA Bayldon||1897|