AustLit logo
NLA image of person
Kenneth Slessor Kenneth Slessor i(A11083 works by) (birth name: Kenneth Adolf Schlösser) (a.k.a. Kenneth Adolf Slessor)
Born: Established: 27 Mar 1901 Orange, Orange area, Bathurst - Orange area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 30 Jun 1971 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

Works By

Preview all
1 Untitled Kenneth Slessor , single work review
— Review of Rodney Hall Reads 'Romulus and Remus' Rodney Hall , 1970 selected work poetry
1 1 The Harbour Through My Window Kenneth Slessor , single work prose
1 1 y separately published work icon Kenneth Slessor Selected Poems Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : HarperCollins , 2014 7172898 2014 selected work poetry (taught in 4 units)

'Kenneth Slessor (1901-71) is one of Australia's finest poets and this is the definitive collection of 103 poems; all he had ever published. This is the author's selection of his work from 1919 to 1939, first published as One Hundred Poems in 1944 (with the addition of three further poems in 1957). It draws from his acclaimed books, Earth Visitors (1926), Cuckooz Contrey (1932) and Five Bells (1939). Introduced by Dennis Haskell, this selection includes Slessor's own piece about his work, 'Some Notes on the Poems'. From his historical series, 'Five Visions of Captain Cook', to his memorial to the loss of a friend, 'Five Bells', from the tragic landscape of El Alamein, made famous in 'Beach Burial', to the meditation 'Out of Time', Slessor's poetry continues to dazzle contemporary audiences.' (Publication summary)

1 War Despatches, 19 September - 11 October Kenneth Slessor , 2011 extract correspondence (The War Despatches of Kenneth Slessor : Official Australian Correspondent 1940-1944)
— Appears in: The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing 2011; (p. 319-326)
1 Songs from the Chinese : From Poets Who Died Before the Danes Took England Kenneth Slessor , 2006 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Windchimes : Asia in Australian Poetry 2006; (p. 75-78)
1 Untitled Kenneth Slessor , 2000 extract prose (Life at the Cross)
— Appears in: In the Gutter... Looking at the Stars : A Literary Adventure through Kings Cross 2000; (p. 246-247)
1 Untitled i "The old man of North Sydney", Kenneth Slessor , 1999-1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: A Handful of Hacks 1999; (p. 54)
1 2 form y separately published work icon Five Bells Kenneth Slessor , ( dir. Steve Thomas ) Hobart : Roar Film , 1998 Z436176 1998 single work film/TV

Kenneth Slessor's 'Five Bells' is a meditation on time and friendship. It takes its cue from the Arabian tale in which a man immerses his head in a bowl of magic water and envisions a grand epic tale. The poem is presented here through the medium of CD-ROM, affording the 'reader' the opportunity to experience it through layers of image and sound. The opening screen shows a writer's desk, from which readers can gather together the threads underlying Slessor's work. A mini-film and soundtrack give the 1939 poem a fresh contemporary expression. The CD-ROM also includes artwork from Smith's Weekly, readings of other Slessor poems, and a bibliography.

1 1 Sugar Daddy i "Sugar-Daddy dotes", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 292-293)
1 Popular Song i "When I get to the homestead of Heaven", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 327)
1 Untitled i "Oh what a pleasure 'tis to see", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 326)
1 Jack-in-the-Box i "Come to Court and take the stand,", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 291)
1 Young Death i "One love I ask, and one alone", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 324-325)
2 The Peep-Hole i "Unmasked behind the willow-tree,", Jack Lindsay , 1923 single work poetry
— Appears in: Fauns and Ladies 1923; (p. 27) Poetry in Australia 1923 1923; (p. 127)

— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 323-324)
1 Lines Written on the Occasion of the Transposition of the Ladies' and Gents' Lavatories on the 9th Floor i "How beautiful it is to know,", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 321-323)
1 A Short History of K. Slessor i "K. Slessor was born at Orange in Nineteen-Hundred-and-One,", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry biography
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 320-321)
1 Lovett Bay : After Looking at the Admiralty Chart Made by Captain R.W. Sidney R.N., 1868-1872 i "This bay was full of drowning light", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 319-320)
1 y separately published work icon The Singing Ship: Three Pieces for Junior Choir S.A. or Unison Mary Gilmore , Paul Sherman , Kenneth Slessor , Ian McKinley (composer), Queensland : 1994 Z1024549 1994 selected work lyric/song
1 Birds of a Feather i "Out of the subways teeming", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 290-291)
1 Not that There Here i "You'd be surprised by what goes on,", Kenneth Slessor , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems 1994; (p. 319)
X