Francis Webb: Collected Poems

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Apollo Books, 2011 - Poetry - 400 pages
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"For many of us, readers and poets alike, Frank Webb's verse has been the gold standard by which complex poetic language has been judged...a master of last lines, of last stanzas and final phrases." - Les Murray *** Francis Webb (1925-1973) grew up in North Sydney with his paternal grandparents, who encouraged his love of music, books, and the sea. In 1942, during his final year of secondary school, his writing first appeared in the Bulletin, which led to friendships with Douglas Stewart, Nan McDonald, Rosemary Dobson, and Norman Lindsay, who illustrated his debut collection A Drum for Ben Boyd. In 1943, Webb joined the Air Force, completing his training as a Wireless Air Gunner in Canada in late 1944. After a sea voyage from Canada to England in 1949, he suffered the first of a series of breakdowns which increasingly restricted his life, but not his prodigious poetic gifts. Despite being regarded as one of Australia's greatest poets, Francis Webb has been out of print for 20 years. Webb's final changes to several poems in 1969 were ignored by then editor Douglas Stewart, so this book is the first collected edition that is faithful to the poet's own wishes, which 'rewrites' the Webb legacy and several famous poems. The book is introduced by the Australian poetry researcher Toby Davidson, and it is accompanied by 100 pages of notes utilizing the latest scholarship and commentaries.
 

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Contents

The Hero of the Plain
7
Compliments of the Audience
20
This Runner
44
At Twofold Bay
46
Journalist
62
Advertisement
75
The Day of the Statue
87
On First Hearing a Cuckoo
100
Gustav Mahler
281
Ephpheta
282
Canobolas
283
Cocktails after the Ceremony
284
Senor Hirsch and the God
285
Around Costessey 1 Hastings
286
The Horses
287
Gerard S J
288

The Runner
110
Foreword
117
Nuriootpa
122
Part II
137
Part IV
144
Port Phillip Night
146
The Stations
159
Socrates
203
Light
213
Poet
227
Hospital Night
245
October
261
Walk walk From dubious footfall one
272
Cape Arid
273
The Whaler
274
Walk walk From dubious footfall one
277
THE GHOST OF THE COCK 1964
279
Scherzo and Adagio of Bruckners Ninth
289
The Tower
291
Anthony Sandys 18061883
292
Selfportrait
293
Death IV
294
Rookery
295
Father Jones
296
On Some Lines of John Barbour
299
Song of Hunger
301
Clouds
307
On the Forgotten Artist
313
The Ghost of the Cock A play for radio
326
On Going Free
344
St Therese and the Child
349
Hetherset
363
Index of Tides
399
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