Bloke - C.J. Dennis
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 35 4
130pp illustrated AU$14.95
These are The Songs of a Sentimental
Bloke, retitled, as the author originally conceived.
The book immortalizes and romanticizes
the city Larriken who was a feature of urban life in
the early part of the twentieth century. A comic poet,
his verses are still very funny today. Illustrated with
the 'Larriken cupid' drawings of Hal Gye, which are
classics in themselves, and includes an extensive glossary
of 'Australianisms', provided by the author. Lastly,
a fond introduction by Barry Humphries, which throws
light on Dennis' continued place in Australian literature.
C.J. Dennis is best known as the author
of this and other classic titles, such as The
Moods of Ginger Mick and The Glugs of
Gosh, also available in Imprint. Born in 1876
in South Australia, Clarence James Dennis worked as
clerk, barman and journalist before moving to Melbourne
in 1908. He remained there until his death in 1936.
Regarded as one of Australia's best urban poets, his
mastery of larriken slang captures the aspirations of
a mythical Australian lower class of the early part
of this century.
Selected Poems - Mary Gilmore
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 15 X
The comprehensive selection of the best
of the work of Dame Mary Gilmore, one of those rare
personalities who became legendary figures in their
own lifetime. Includes selections from The Passionate
Heart, Under the Wilgas, Battlefields
and Fourteen Men.
As Robert Fitzgerald wrote in the foreword
to the first edition, 'In her work she has expressed
so much of Australia, its outlook, its atmosphere, the
under-currents of its history, its wildlife, its landscape
and its peoples'.
Dame Mary Gilmore (1865-1962) was born
at Cotta Walla near Goulburn in NSW. For several years,
as a young woman, she taught at Broken Hill, where she
developed her passionate interest in the labour movement,
becoming involved in the radicalism of the maritime
and shearers' strikes of the early 1890s. She had a
close friendship with Henry Lawson, and with A. G. Stephens,
the Bulletin editor. It was in the Red
Page that her poetry was first published. She worked
as an editor and journalist for many decades. At the
end of her life she had become a powerful and highly
respected figure; there was a ceremonial state funeral
through the streets of Sydney when Mary Gilmore died
The Present Tense - Gwen Harwood
Imprint ISBN 1 875892 28 1
This collection is the final compilation
of the work of a dearly loved and highly accomplished
poet. Gathered from the many venues that have featured
her work, this lively and entertaining book is also
poignant and deeply moving, as Gwen Harwood meditates
on life and death, the passing of old friends, the moments
in her life that have left their marks and the meaning
of writing itself. From elegies to witty after-dinner
speeches, Gwen Harwood's The Present Tense
will remain in the heart long after the moment of reading
has passed. This is the final collection of the work
of Gwen Harwood and brings together many beautiful elegies,
witty speeches, occasional verse and four short stories.
It is a celebration of the poet's life work, and as
such will not only be cherished by her many admirers,
but also provide an excellent introduction for those
yet to enjoy the pleasures of her writing.
Born in Brisbane in 1920, Gwen Harwood
only began writing poetry in her late thirties, and
many of her early poems were printed in newspapers and
magazines under the various pseudonyms she playfully
used. She is famous for hoaxing the Bulletin
with a very rude acrostic, and can always be relied
on to scandalise as well as delight. She has lived for
many years now in Tasmania, from where her reputation
has grown to make her one of the most respected and
best-loved writers in Australia. Gwen Harwood died in
A Human Pattern: Selected Poems -
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 17 6
Judith Wright's own definitive selection
of her poetry, covering the best and most memorable
from her first collection, The Moving Image
(1946) through to Phantom Dwelling (1985).
Forty years of poetic production from Australia's best-known
A clear and elegant edition containing
all the favourite Judith Wright poems, including 'Bullocky',
'The Surfer', 'Woman to Man', 'Five
Sense', 'The Diver', 'Bora Ring'.
Judith Wright's sensual images are expressed with that
strong simple language and subtle passion which has
earned her an international reputation.
Judith Wright was born in 1915 in Armidale, New South
Wales, into a prominent New England pastoral family.
She has been for many decades an outspoken worker for
conservation, the environment, Aboriginal land rights
and human rights, interests which are reflected in her
poetry. Judith Wright died in 2000.
Confessions of a Corinthian - Croft
Killing the Black Dog - Murray