Robert Gray and why poetry will outlast the novel

Published : Thursday, February 18, 2010 | Label:

My profile of poet Robert Gray appears in The Sun-Herald (Extra) on Sunday 21 February.

Robert, whose poetry taught me how to write, talked very elegantly when we met a couple of weeks back, about the nature and the future of poetry, so my piece is as much about poetry as about him.

I’m sharing the stage with Robert a couple of times at the Perth Writers’ Festival a 26 February to 2 March: we’re talking landscape and we’re reading poetry. I’ve also finally gotten around to reading his terrific memoir, The Land I Came Through Last.

Look out for the piece this weekend. The Sun-Herald is suddenly taking poetry very seriously. There will be more profiles of leading Australian poets, and each Sunday a poem. 

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