Collected Poems by Vincent Buckley

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.

Late Winter

Late Winter Child, OUP, 1979

The Pattern, OUP, 1979

The Pattern, OUP, 1979

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