Thursday, June 23, 2011

Implicit irony...


Ivor Indyk pointed out (at the 2011 SHARP conference that I went to in Brisbane) that Michael Dransfield is now out of print for the first time in over thirty years (though Michael Dransfield: A Retrospective selected by Kinsella [2002] can still be purchased online from UQP). Dransfield has retained something of a cult following and is referred to provocatively on an unofficial tribute web site as “The obscure, the forgotten, the little-known Shakespeare of Australian poetry” (Sweatywheels). He is anything but forgotten; however in many ways it is in keeping with the myth of the poet that Dransfield, the po├Ętes maudit –  the most prominent of the generation of 68 poets, the most re-published poet of the period – would be lauded for his obscurity. 

2 comments:

  1. What a great post Fiona. I'm really intrigued... will have to look up his work. Kx

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  2. so interesting fiona - what I'm particularly intrigued by is how we need to keep on perpetuating these author/poet myths, despite obvious evidence to the contrary, hmm ...

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