Guide to the Papers of Poetry Australia
Manuscript Number: MS 15
|Date completed:||September 2006||Last updated:||June 2008|
© Australian Defence Force Academy. All rights reserved.
|Collector:||Millett, John, 1921-|
|Title:||Papers of Poetry Australia|
|Reference Number:||MS 15|
|Extent:||5.25 m (42 boxes)|
|Repository:||Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
|Abstract:||The collection comprises records of Poetry Australia collected by John Millett.|
Table of Contents
Scope and Content
Restrictions on Use
Scope and Content
The collection comprises poetry submissions, correspondence, galley proofs and published copies of Poetry Australia; self published and small press poetry sent to Millett on reciprocal basis or because of his editorship of Poetry Australia, together with some correspondence to Grace Perry and South Head Press. The Academy Library has arranged the collection in chronological order from 1963-2000 (no attempt has been made at further sorting of the correspondence). The bulk of the collection spans 1987-1994.
Following a dispute with the Poetry Society of Australia in 1964, for which she had been editor of Poetry magazine since 1961, Grace Perry founded Poetry Australia and the publishing house South Head Press.
Committed to producing a fine poetry magazine devoid of factions, Perry published a diverse range of styles and subjects in Poetry Australia. The magazine also fostered emerging Australian poets, sponsoring many workshops, literary seminars and visits from overseas writers. Commemorative issues were devoted to Francis Webb and David Campbell and special regional issues devoted to Australian states and territories were also produced. In addition, the work of individual poets such as John Tranter, Jennifer Maiden, John Millett, Heather Cam, Peter Goldsworthy and Meredith Wattison was featured in special issues. In 1985 a selection of poems mostly by well-established poets appeared in Poetry Australia : twenty one years, celebrating twenty-one years of publication.
Perry aimed to produce a magazine of international significance while maintaining a strong Australian presence. To this end, the work of many international writers, including translations, appeared in Poetry Australia, but most issues did not identify the contributors' nationality. International contributors included Ezra Pound, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Richard Murphy and Margaret Atwood. Translations included early Russian poets by Rosemary Dobson and David Campbell, Laurence Springarn's translations from Portuguese and Mark Scrivener's translations of German classics. Poetry Australia also published special issues of New Zealand, Canadian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and Flemish, American, Gaelic, French, Austrian, Swedish and Papua New Guinean poetry.
In 1985 the magazine won the NSW Premier's Special Literary Award. Grace Perry died in 1987. John Millett continued as editor until 1992 when Poetry Australia ceased production. Millett subsequently helped to establish the Poetry Australia Fund and this fund was instrumental in the establishment in 2002 of the magazine Blue Dog : Australian Poetry, which editor Ron Pretty declares is in 'direct line of succession from Poetry Australia'.
Editor: Perry, Grace - Date: 1964-1973
Editors: Perry, Grace and Murray, Les (a.k.a. Murray, Leslie Allan; Murray, L.; Murray, Les A.) - Date: 1973-1979
Editor: Perry, Grace - Date: 1980-1987
Editor: Millett, John - Date: 1988-1992
AustLit : the resource for Australian literature, April 2006.
Guide to the papers of Poetry Australia, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MS 15, Box number, Folder number.
The collection was acquired from John Millett in several consignments from 1986 to 2000, and in two consignments from Herbert Jaffa in 1994.
Further manuscript material relating to Poetry Australia may be found in the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy in the papers of:
John Millett at MS 14
Jeff Guess at MS 86
Craig Powell at MS 152
Margaret Diesendorf at MS 228
Further papers of Poetry Australia are held by the State Library of New South Wales at Personal papers of John Millett, together with records of Poetry Australia at MLMSS (number not listed as of 10 June 2008).
Further papers of John Millett are held by the State Library of New South Wales at John Millett ML3161.
Further papers of Grace Perry are held by the State Library of New South Wales at MLMSS 1433.
This collection originally included a number of publications, listed below. These works have been catalogued separately and added to the Library's main collection.
Bien, Jeff. Prosody at the Café du Coin. Kingston, Ont.: Quarry Press, 1996.
Bowden-Kelly, Murray. Variety : the spice of life including supplement. Merredin, (W.A.): M. Bowden-Kelly, 1977.
Cooperman, Robert. Trial of Mary McCormick. Niagara Falls, New York: Slipstream, 1990.
Faust, Clive. Leavetakings. Kyoto, Japan: Origin Press, 1986.
Gradussov, Alex. Bleak prospects for the muscle heart : poems. Darwin: Washing Machine, 1992.
Jones, Billy. The blue chair. Melbourne: Fling Poetry, 1987.
Laird, John, selector. The Australian experience of war : illustrated stories & verse. Darlinghurst, N.S.W.: Mead & Beckett, 1988.
Millett, John. Voyeur from Australia. Brigham, Quebec: Samisdat, 1988.
Moore, Donald. Phaal. [Newcastle, N.S.W.: Nimrod Publications], 1988.
Perry, Grace. I am the songs you sing and other poems. Sydney: Consolidated Press, 1944.
Perry, Grace. Staring at the stars, and other poems. [Waverley, N.S.W: R.R. Perry, 1942].
Peters, Robert. Breughel's pig. Berkeley, Calif.: Illuminati, 1989.
Peters, Robert. The gift to be simple : a garland for Ann Lee. New York: Liveright, .
Peters, Robert. Hawker. Greensboro: Unicorn Press, 1984.
Peters, Robert. Hunting the snark : a compendium of new poetic terminology. New York: Paragon House, 1989.
Peters, Robert. Poems : selected and new, 1967-1991. Santa Maria, CA: Asylum Arts, 1992.
Peters, Robert. Snapshots for a serial killer : a fiction and a play. San Francisco: GLB Publishers, 1992.
Peters, Robert. Zapped : two novellas. San Francisco: GLB Publishers, 1993.
Pretty, Ron. Bald Hill with gliders : poems. Wollongong, N.S.W.: Five Islands Press, 1991.
Pretty, Ron. The habit of balance. Wollongong, N.S.W.: Five Islands Press, 1988.
Trachtenberg, Paul. Ben's exit. Cherry Valley, NY: Cherry Valley Editions, 1994.
Trachtenberg, Paul. Making waves. Huntington Beach, CA: Cherry Valley Editions, 1986.
Trachtenberg, Paul. Mercury tea. Mansfield, Tex.: Latitudes Press, 1988.
Trachtenberg, Paul. Short changes for Loretta. Wheaton, MD: Cherry Valley Editions, 1982.
Watson, Maurice T. Time. Concord, CA: Small Poetry Press, 1999.
Paterson literary review, 2001.
Zeitschrift fur Kulturaustausch, 1992.
Poetry Australia correspondence with Grace Perry, and a copy of North side arts festival, 1963-1980
Miscellaneous poetry drafts and a photocopy of 'Return journey' by Grace Perry, [1960-1987]
Proofs for Poetry Australia no. 103 entitled These walls, this floor, edited by Philip Behham, 1985
Proofs for Poetry Australia no. 110 entitled North and South : new poetry from New Zealand, edited by Rob Jackaman, 1987
Correspondence, notes and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 111/112, edited by Millett, 1988
Correspondence and typescript photocopy for Poetry Australia no. 114 entitled Down the lake with half a chook, by Philip Hodgins, published by ABC Enterprises, Crows Nest, NSW, 1988
Correspondence, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 115 entitled Replacing fuses in the house of cards, by Jeff Guess, published by South Head Press, Berrima, NSW, 1988
Poetry drafts, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 116 collected and translated by Christine Michel and Ross Manser, 1988
Correspondence, printed copy of 'The poet's theme', by Louis Simpson, poetry drafts and paste-up copy for Poetry Australia no. 117, edited by Millett, 1988
Correspondence between Christine Michel, John Millet, and contributor biographies for Sud : revue litteraire, 1986-1989
Poetry Australia correspondence relating to Australia Council and NSW government grants, 1986-1989
Correspondence, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 121 entitled Psyche's circus, by Meredith Wattison, 1989
Paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 122 entitled On struggle street : an anthology of new poets, guest editor Dorothy Porter, 1989
Correspondence and poetry for Maryland poetry review, guest editor: John Millett, Vol 4, no. 1, Fall/Winter, 1989
Correspondence, drafts, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 125 entitled The moon's hook, by Heather Cam, 1990
Correspondence, drafts, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 126, edited by John Millett, Winter 1990
Paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 128, edited by John Millett, Summer 1990
Poetry Australia correspondence relating to Australia Council and NSW government grants, 1990
Drafts, paste-up and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 129, edited by Millett, Autumn 1991
Correspondence, drafts, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia (N.S.W. issue) no. 131, edited by Millett, Spring 1991
Correspondence, drafts, paste-up copy and proofs for Poetry Australia no. 132, edited by Millett, Summer 1991
Poetry Australia correspondence relating to Australia Council and NSW government grants, 1991
Correspondence and published copy of from Down under (poetry of Australia and new Zealand), published in Visions International, no. 40, 1992
Poetry Australia poetry drafts and correspondence with Robert Peters and Paul Trachtenberg, 1983-1995
Poetry Australia correspondence and proofs (2) of The collected poems of Timothy Edward McGrath M.S.C., edited by Ruth O'Hea, 1988
Box 36 Folios
Box 37 Folios
Box 38 Folios
Box 39 Folios
Box 40 Folios
The Poetry magazine third birthday party, Wednesday, 1st July 1964 x 2
South Head Press, 1986
Grace Perry's house, Berrima, 1986
Othertype Map Cabinet 2, Drawer 6