I did get to the launch of Vincent Buckley’s Collected Poems (John Leonard Press) at the University of Melbourne this week, a double-launch in fact, with the simultaneous launch of John McLaren’s Journey Without Arrival; The Life and Writing of Vincent Buckley. (Australian Scholarly Publishing) Morag Fraser launched the McLaren book and Chris Wallace-Crabbe read from the collected including the final poem in the collection, ‘Enter the Poem’, which begins:
Enter the poem
as you came into the world,
naked, as you will leave it,
tight-bellied, crying against death,
hearing the clap of a hand.
When I got home I searched out my earlier Vincent Buckley collections, three only, including the 1979 pair The Pattern and Late Winter Child. I include the covers, mainly because there is so little of many Australian poets online including the very basics like book covers and author photos.