Poetry for Australia Day
We are approaching Australia Day, 26 January. Since this is a poetry blog our minds might turn to familiar poets who have written over the years. Some classic ladies like Dorothea MacKellar and Mary Gilmore stand out. Perhaps some of the gents such as A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson (a reading of ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ here) or Henry Lawson spring to mind. Maybe the humourous, like C.J. Dennis, with his ‘Glugs of Gosh’, captivated other readers too. But there have been many, many other poets since them. I keep returning to Les Murray and Bruce Dawe. But, I am always on the lookout for others.
Black Inc. Publishing have been giving readers a selection of Best Poems for some years. Although I have not yet finished reading through it, I would like to send out a shout to Black Inc. and Geoff Page, who have given us the 2015 edition. We look forward to the 2016 edition.
What are your favourite Australian poets or poems?