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  • Author:agent Julian Croft http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/croft-julian
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Kenneth Slessor's 'Other Front'
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'Kenneth Slessor's first published poem at the age of 16 was in the Bulletin (Goin'', 19 July 1917) and was a tribute to a dying Australian soldier after the Anzac landings. For the sixteen year-old, no doubt reflecting C.E.W. Bean's influence, the individual death and the wider military defeat are redeemed by the prospect of joining his mates in death and glory on another front, and as he leaves this world the soldier imagines the [sic] he hears the surf at Manly and the sights of Sydney Harbour. Slessor finished school as the Armistice was signed, but not before publishing two more poems on the war -'France' 1918' and 'Jerusalem Set Free' - both celebrating the Anzac tradition and seeing purpose and sense in those years of awful conflict.' (43)

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    y separately published work icon ‘Whaddaya Know?’ : Writings for Syd Harrex Ronald Blaber (editor), Mile End : Wakefield Press , 2015 8289935 2015 anthology essay autobiography poetry

    'In the true sense of the word, Syd Harrex was a pioneer; a pioneer in the field of New Literatures Written in English. A term he prefers because it broadened the categories of Commonwealth, Colonial and Postcolonial literatures in order to gather those writings that, although written in English, have different histories and trajectories.

    'Syd took the opportunity offered by the English department at Flinders University to introduce students and colleagues to a whole new world of literature, not necessarily to challenge the existing canon but to rethink questions of representation and its political, social and aesthetic implications. In this regard he inspired and continues to inspire those deeply engaged with all forms of literature.

    'This collection of essays, stories, poetry and memoir is an acknowledgement of Syd's enormous influence and a tribute to his critical and creative endeavours. Those who have had the privilege of working with Syd might often marvel at what he has achieved, but perhaps from Syd's perspective achievement can be explained by the simple adage, 'Only Connect'.' (Publication summary)

    Mile End : Wakefield Press , 2015
    pg. 43-52
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