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.
ASAL (Association for the Study of Ausralian Literature) are organising a mini-conference on the Melbourne poet Vincent Buckley next week coinciding with the launch of two books, Journey Without Arrival; the life and writing of Vincent Buckley (Australian Scholarly Publishing) and a new Collected Poems published by John Leonard Press, a new publisher doing some good things in poetry publishing.
I was fortunate enough to hear Vincent Buckley read at the University of Melbourne many years ago , I think at the launch of Late Winter Child in 1979 and always liked his work. I’m going to try to be there next Wednesday (11/2) for the launch.
And by the way isn’t it scandalous the lack of resources about and for Australian poetry on the web. The small picture of Buckley above is about the only image I could find online.