Archive for the ‘ POETRY ’ Category

THE LANE BELOW THE FLATS

THE LANE BELOW THE FLATS. Originally a poem by WILFRED NATHAN published in the BULLETIN in the early 20th Century and set to music by members of PASPALUM. Another wee entry into the 20th Century but charming nonetheless. IZZY Foreal ( Peter Knox) vocals.

https://dl-web.getdropbox.com/get/HBBS/LANE%20BELOW%20THE%20FLATS.mp3?w=70cfa4b4

CLARENCE VALLEY AND ARMIDALE

PETER returned briefly to Grafton for a workshop at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium in Villiers Street. He took an Armidale deviation before returning to the Cottage and his books. Presently he is immersed in studies of Melinda’s contemporaries – the poetesses of the 19th Century in Australia.

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PETER WITH ASSISTANT AT THUNDERBOLTS GRAVE IN URALLA THUNDERBOLT’S ROCK 5 KM SOUTH OF URALLA
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PETER CARRYING OUT INTERVIEWS WITH URALLA RESIDENTS. DID YOU SEE MELINDA AND BASIL PASS THIS WAY ?

PROGRESS ON MELINDA AND CO

 

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As a backup skill for Life researching, Peter has taken to Bagel Making

and thus keeps the household well fed

He has dug into the plastic containers and vertical files from his previous 18 months in Wollongong ( interrupted by the two years at AUSTLIT based in University of Queensland in Rapunzel’s Tower) . This has unearthed Acres of Discoveries.

Peter is at the moment deep in comparisons between poems bearing a strong family resemblance.

His research Assistant through the facility of the newly released NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA BETA DIGITISATION OF HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS has snagged 1 or 2 hitherto buried secrets and leaves the conclusions to Peter to be drawn. The RA is drawing her own romantic and criminal conclusions.

 

 

   
SYDNEY GAZETTE OF 1837  

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SAY NO MORE.

 

EARLY ILLAWARRA POETRY – A SELECTION

PETER KNOX – WHEN NEWS WAS POETRY

PETER KNOX IS SHOWN HERE WITH HEADSTONES AT WOLLONGONG ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.

These headstones came from Wollongong’s former graveyard by the sea. The Graveyard features in two of the poems in the anthology edited by Peter – EARLY ILLAWARRA POETRY – A SELECTION. ($16.45 – available at the Uni Shop Wollongong University or phone FIVE ISLANDS PRESS on 02 4271 5292)

Peter has included 6 poems on the BULLI DISASTER of 23rd March 1887.

‘Twas on the 23 of March the wires flashed the fatal news around

That eighty gallant miners

were lost beneath the ground.”

(M.J. Shannon Illawarra Mercury . April 9 ,1887)

Peter, in the process of his research, located 200-plus Illawarra-centric poems in newspapers and magazines. These were published between 1850s and 1920s.

Peter says ,

” Until the 1930s poetry was a very important part of journalism”

The track to Wollongong, Mt Keira, and Brookers Nose