Poetry Militant: An Australian Plea for the Poetry of Purpose [by Bernard O’Dowd, 1909]

[Editor: A booklet by Bernard O’Dowd, published in 1909.] Poetry Militant An Australian Plea for the Poetry of Purpose. By Bernard O’Dowd Author of “Dawnward?” “The Silent Land” “Dominions of the Boundary” Melbourne: T. C. Lothian, 226 Little Collins Street 1909. First Impression June 4, 1909. Poetry Militant. An Australian Plea for the Poetry of […]

Preface [to “The Poems of Joseph Furphy”, by Bernard O’Dowd]

Preface [to “The Poems of Joseph Furphy”, by Bernard O’Dowd] [Editor: This preface by Bernard O’Dowd was published in The Poems of Joseph Furphy (1916).] Preface. As in hell, while “the heads” were devising the best method of introducing that spice of variety we used to call “sin” into the tame blessedness of Eden, and […]

Introduction (to Australian Musical Possibilities) [by Bernard O’Dowd, 1924]

[Editor: This article by Bernard O’Dowd was published as the introduction to Australian Musical Possibilities by Henry Tate (1924).] Introduction Those of us whose faith it is that Australia is the matrix of a richer humanity and a kindlier as well as more enlightened civilisation than the present, here or elsewhere, will welcome Henry Tate’s […]

Australia [poem by Bernard O’Dowd]

[Editor: This poem by Bernard O’Dowd was published in The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse (1909); it was previously published in The Bulletin (12 May 1900).] Australia Last sea-thing dredged by sailor Time from Space, Are you a drift Sargasso, where the West In halcyon calm rebuilds her fatal nest? Or Delos of a coming […]