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* Contents derived from the Blackburn, Blackburn - Mitcham - Vermont area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Collins Dove , 1986 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Foreword to Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry, Les Murray , single work criticism

Murray outlines his criteria for including works in the anthology: that the works be poetry, first and foremost, and that they deal with material 'commonly regarded as religious', or that evinces 'some real engagement with the numinous'. He aims simply to assemble and present poems- in 'loose constellations' - without trying to order them historically or thematically. Indeed, he argues that most of the distinctive and interesting Australian religious poetry is contemporary, or nearly so, and that categories tend to 'entrap' and dominate creative works.

Where some guidance may be helpful, as in the case of Aboriginal poetry, he presents notes of those who have first translated particular texts into English. He refers to his own (Christian) affiliation and its reflection in the selection of poems, including his own.

(p. xi-xiii)
Bells of St. Peter Mancrofti"Gay golden volleys of banter", Francis Webb , single work poetry (p. 1)
The Power of the Bellsi"The great bells grow not weary,", John Shaw Neilson , single work poetry (p. 1-2)
The Bishopi"Robed and mitred the bishop stands and hard by his ear a pigeon", Douglas Stewart , single work poetry (p. 2-3)
Country Nuni"In a cafe under a lazy fan", Geoff Page , single work poetry (p. 3-4)
Westminster Abbeyi"Silence and awe. Man becomes mote-like here", Hal Colebatch , single work poetry (p. 4)
Chartres Cathedral (on the Shortest Day)i"What Nature makes is best unmade by Man-", Julian Croft , single work poetry (p. 5)
Mr Jamesi"When I was a boy", Andrew Lansdown , single work poetry (p. 5-6)
Churchi"Dawdling in the church", Kate Pratt , single work poetry (p. 6)
Praying for the Deadi"And in the church, silence.", Kevin Hart , single work poetry (p. 7)
The Light of Sinaii"Because the mountains of Edom are bare", Allen Afterman , single work poetry (p. 8)
Covenanti"Son, half-gentile child", Allen Afterman , single work poetry (p. 8)
Jerusalemi"This is where the deserts end.", Kevin Hart , single work poetry (p. 9)
Derelict Churchi"When earth and flint rear themselves into certain shapes", Francis Webb , single work poetry (p. 9-10)
Words for Our Daughteri"September, and the final mists impose", R. A. Simpson , single work poetry (p. 10)
Revival Rallyi"A delirium of shapes rising and falling :", Gwen Harwood , single work poetry (p. 10-11)
Requiem for an Armyi"There we sit", Kenneth Crotty , single work poetry (p. 11)
What Have We Done?i"Winding ourselves up and down with the fetters of yesterday:", Kenneth Crotty , single work poetry (p. 12)
Holy Thursdayi"Night blows me like a broken limb", Linda Molony , single work poetry (p. 12)
Wars of Imperialismi"From 66 to 70 A.D. Rome and Palestine tore", John Foulcher , single work poetry (p. 13)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Blackburn, Blackburn - Mitcham - Vermont area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Collins Dove , 1991 .
      Extent: xvii, 302 p.p.
      Edition info: Revised edition
      Note/s:
        • According to LibrariesAustralia, the revised edition contains the addition of ten new poems and ten omitted from those of the first edition.
        • AustLit has not compared the contents of both editions; sighting required for further verification.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 1863710213

Works about this Work

A Living Spirit in Religious Poetry Rosemary O'Grady , single work review
— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
The Other Shore Is Here : Contemporary Poetry of the Sacred Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 243-286)
Songs of Praise Philip Ayres , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , January-February vol. 36 no. 1-2 1992; (p. 109-110)

— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
Religious Poems that Are Not All Church Bells Ken L. Goodwin , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 October 1991; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Selected Poems David Malouf , 1991 selected work poetry ; Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
High Shelf of the Intellect Martin Flanagan , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 August 1991; (p. 6)

— Review of Orpheus A. D. Hope , 1991 selected work poetry ; The Empire of Grass : Twenty-Eight Poems: 1983-1989 Gary Catalano , 1991 selected work poetry ; Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
Halleluja - Perhaps Brian Matthews , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , January no. 34 1987; (p. 20)

— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
Poetic Australians Carol Treloar , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 September 1991; (p. 14)

— Review of God's Fool : The Life and Poetry of Francis Webb Michael Joseph Griffith , 1991 selected work criticism biography ; Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb Francis Webb , 1991 selected work poetry drama extract ; Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
Icons, Immanence and Rangga : Bequiled and Dismantled by the Flagrantly Odd Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1986-1987) no. 87 1986; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
Roman Catholics are the Poetic Majority Judith Rodriguez , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 December 1986; (p. 28)

— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
A Living Spirit in Religious Poetry Rosemary O'Grady , single work review
— Review of Anthology of Australian Religious Poetry 1986 anthology poetry
The Other Shore Is Here : Contemporary Poetry of the Sacred Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 243-286)
Embodiment and Incarnation : Notes on Preparing an Anthology of Australian Religious Verse Les Murray , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Blocks and Tackles : articles and essays 1982 to 1990 1990; (p. 53-73) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 251-269) A Working Forest : Selected Prose 1997; (p. 309-325)

— Appears in: Lettere dalla Beozia : Scritti sull'Australia e la Poesia 2005; (p. 179-210)
Nearer to God With Les Edmund Doogue (interviewer), 1986 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Age , 15 November 1986; (p. 11)
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