Outback [poem by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This poem by Rex Ingamells was published in the Jindyworobak Anthology, 1938.] Rex Ingamells Outback All the unhallowed beauty I have found; All free-discordant shrills and form-defying wonders above ground, like writhen trees with draggled foliage struggling along the courses of wayback creeks; scarlet-and-green sky-streaking parrot-fires with parrot-shrieks echo-shattering the shoulders of the hills; […]

Australia in the making: The sensational story of Bligh and Macarthur [3 August 1938]

[Editor: A review of H. V. Evatt’s book on the Rum Rebellion. Published in The Australian Worker (Sydney), 3 August 1938.] Australia in the making The sensational story of Bligh and Macarthur A review of Mr. Justice Evatt’s book, “Rum Rebellion” There are few periods in history more entrancing, from the sociological point of view, […]

Kinship [poem, 15 January 1938]

[Editor: A poem by Frida Allen Phillips. Published in The Methodist, 15 January 1938.] Kinship No level stretch of snowy white Greets our awak’ning eyes, But under Summer’s shimmering sun Our Christmas landscape lies. No brightly breasted robin waits Our kindly crumbs to share. But birds in many a full-leaved tree Are warbling everywhere. We […]

Beauty Imposes [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] Beauty Imposes Beauty imposes reverence in the Spring. Grave as the urge within the honeybuds, It wounds us as we sing. Beauty is joy that stays not overlong. Clad in the magic of sincerities, It rides up in a […]

I Spoke to the Violet [poem by John Shaw Neilson]

[Editor: This poem by John Shaw Neilson was published in Beauty Imposes: Some Recent Verse (1938).] I Spoke to the Violet Shy one, I said, you can take me away in a breath, But I like not the coat that you come in — the colour of death. The silence you come with is sweeter […]