Five Bells Time that is moved by little fidget wheels Is not my time, the flood that does not flow.
Add notes to the Slessor: A century ago many Australian poets made a meagre living as freelance writers for newspapers and magazines.
Some even took up journalism full-time, writing their verses on the side. The old Bulletin, one of the wellsprings of Australian literature, was populated by them. But, as most newspapers ceased publishing poems, by the s the careers of poet and journalist began increasingly to seem like strange bedfellows.
The combination was no more strange or contradictory than in the case of Kenneth Slessor — As a poet-journalist Slessor reported on his beloved home town, Sydney, in numerous poems. The dips and molls, with flip and shiny gaze Death at their elbows, hunger at their heels Ranging the pavements of their pasturage; You find it ugly, I find it lovely.
As a younger poet, however, Slessor was less in love with Sydney, and less in love with journalism: He worked at the former Sydney Sun at the time, but was also heavily involved with Lindsay, his son Jack, and the publisher Frank Johnson in establishing Vision —24a literary magazine dedicated North country by kenneth slessor nothing less than an Australian Renaissance.
All bush ballads were to be banished, along with any mention of shearers, drovers or gumtrees. In their place theVisionaries substituted a delirious costume party of satyrs and centaurs, pierrots and pirates, mermaids and magnificos: O buried dolls, O men sleeping invisible there, I stare above your mounds of stone, lean down, Marooned and lonely in this bitter air, And in one moment deny your frozen town.
Like his revered Tennyson, Slessor was a musician of language. Here too he became court poet, being called on to produce popular verses on all manner of occasions. Here was one way to make lyric poetry move with the times; there would be others. Finally, however, in death he dwindles to a tale endlessly retold by a crewmate, the blind ancient mariner Alexander Home, which Slessor presents through a series of dissolves between Berwickshire and the South Seas: Its pigments run into themselves, from amber and aquamarine through cobalt to the deep and tranquil molasses of a summer midnight.
Sometimes it dances with flakes of fire, sometimes it is blank and anonymous with fog, sometimes it shouts as joyously as a mirror. As a journalist, Slessor could link time and tide they once meant the same thing to the passing parade of daily life, and Sydney Harbour appears in many of his best poems.
No doubt he embodied the square-rigged heroism of old-fashioned sailing ships, so recently displaced by steam. On the evening of Saturday, 14 MayJoe fell overboard from a ferry en route to a party — whether by accident or design is still a matter for conjecture.
Inevitably, though, that life continues to propel the poet into the future: I felt the wet push its black thumb-balls in, The night you died, I felt your eardrums crack, And the short agony, the longer dream, The Nothing that was neither long nor short; But I was bound, and could not go that way, But I was blind, and could not feel your hand.
Elsewhere the empty, uncanny bush hides a history of ecological and human violence. These extraordinary pieces are among the first modern poems to hint at the cost of white settlement. Never prolific and always pernickety, Slessor garnered his best work as One Hundred Poemsin ; with the addition of three extra pieces, it reappeared as Poems inand subsequently as Selected Poems.
Most poets write more than is worth reading. Maybe Slessor thought that he had said enough in that way.
Or perhaps he thought there were other things to be getting on with, the pleasures of the table not least among them. With fellow bon vivants, late in life he formed the Condiments Club, dedicated to fine dining and extensive drinking.
But good style always counted with Slessor, so that: Such things, when men and beasts have gone, Smell sweetly to the seraphim.
Believe me, fool, there are worse gifts than these. Haskell, Dennis, and Geoffrey Dutton, eds.North Country, filled with gesturing wood, With trees that fence, like archers' volleys, The flanks of hidden valleys Where nothing's left to hide But verticals and perpendiculars.
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In the poem ‘South Country’ Kenneth Slessor adopts a cynical view of the Australian landscape through a series of imagery, with a judgemental tone.
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