After four seasons, the well should have run dry, with those amiable darlings vanishing in a devastating Australian drought. But fecundity has returned, and the landscape abloom with flourishing feeds.
Poetic knowledge is intimately connected to training a students' loves, animates the imagination, enlivens the body and mind.
In the six years since my 85th birthday, I have written and published 4 books and have just begun the fifth.
If Anne Pender is right, through Humphries, Australia emerges as the producer of the greatest thespian and comedian in modernity.
What struck me was Barry's extraordinary spontaneity; his ability to come up with one funny idea after another in rapid succession and bring Peter Luck along with the ideas.
He was always a step ahead, his mind geared not only for the next move, but the next sequence. He also smelt it, anticipated the audience reaction, shaped the prejudice in context for consumption.
If ANZAC Day is secular Australia's one day of 'religious observance', Barry Humphries might have been one of our only secular patron saints.
'Our business,' Adler told the ABC, 'is to operate an open space, not a safe space'.
As Wood writes , the honourable response to the attack on Rushdie would have been to admit a failure to protect a brave author and declare 'that we are all Rushdie now'.
In the age of money, when universities, museums and orchestras routinely assess their economic impact in dollars and cents, poetry stands apart.
Apart from being amongst the lowest income earners in the ‘creative’ sector recent studies have spotlighted the severe mental health issues that characterise the lives of this professional group.
'A coloniser artist intending to produce art with the actual blood of colonised people is abusive, colonising and re-traumatising.'