john forbes peter porter gig ryan tracy ryan john trantor alan wearne
cassie lewis rosemary hutton ivor indyk cath kenneally john kinsella
ken bolton pam brown chris burns laurie duggan carl harrison-ford
This is an invaluable collection of essays, poems, interviews, letters, illuminating the life and work of the late John Forbes, ironically self-styled 'major-minor' poet. The contents are variously affectionate, critical, illuminting, often brilliant, and occasionally pig-headed. They are linked by that crucial emotion, love.
Forbes captured the touch of Sydney, its humidity and more. But, as protean Peter Porter wonderfully observes, 'Sydney is not a good place to be unhappy in'. There was much unhappiness in Forbes's life, much critical hedonism in his poetry.
We are just beginning to be able to read Forbes; this volume will assist in that revaluation. Forbes, despite a relatively small output, demands consideration as a major poet. Thus his untimely death was doubly regretable. This collection is, in short, a bobbydazzler!
from the book cover by Don Anderson
- Ken Bolton Homage to John Forbes
- Carl Harrison-Ford Speech to Launch Damaged Glamour
- Peter Porter John Forbes in Europe
- Cath Kenneally For John Forbes
- Tracy Ryan Cambridge Considered as the Cocos & Keeling Islands
- John Tranter God on a bicycle
- Laurie Duggan Return to Sender
- Pam Brown Petersham Days
- Ivor Indyk The Awkward Grace of John Forbes
- Gig Ryan "more successful than America"
- Cath Kenneally John Forbes - Form, Intuition and (a) Song
- Rosemary Hunter The Man Who Loved Women
- Peter Porter When You Said Bessemer, Did You Mean Beckmesser?
- Pam Brown Thread Drift
- Chris Burns Ode to James Baker's Eternal Teenagers
- Alan Wearne Spirit and Action
- Cassie Lewis Subtle Justice: John Forbes as Poetry Teacher in the Nineties
- John Forbes The Working Life
- Ken Bolton Some Memories of John Forbes
- Ken Bolton Coffee & John Forbes Poem
- John Kinsella - Tracy Ryan "this academy can teach you no more"
- Ken Searle John Forbes as Zeus