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Beaver, Bruce

Bruce Beaver was born in Sydney in 1928. He is the author of four novels and eleven volumes of poetry. Beaver received the Patrick White Award in 1982, the Chistopher Brennan Award in 1983 and, in 1990, the New South Wales Literary Citation for his ‘unique and valuable contribution to Australian literature’. He died after a long illness on 15 February 2004.
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Anima And Other Poems

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The personal and the past, celebrated constants in the poetry of Bruce Beaver, form the core of this brilliant collection. The title poem "Anima" is an intensely mapped life-narrative that extends Beaver's complexly autobiographical body of work. The subject matter and style are richly diverse, from the meditative tapestry of the "Night Watch" trilogy to the formal sestina section which plays on history and fable. Norfolk Island sonnets and further lyrical pieces enhance this rewarding volume. "Beaver deserves to be celebrated as a great Australian poet, a victor against overwhelming odds and a national treasure." Martin Duwell, "Weekend Australian" 1991 "His is the friendly, the unpompous, the democratic voice which poetry has had to adopt this century to even begin to be believed, but it is also the ramshorn, the oracle, the sound of weeping by the waters. Such a dual capability is the secret of his sense of form, a free-flowing yet concentrated structuring which has always been the most commented-upon aspect of his art." Peter Porter, "Island Magazine", 1992

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The Long Game And Other Poems

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‘Their laughter in the game rose high as any flame consuming every woe, beyond all praise and blame. With or without the sun it rose in joy upon the long ecstatic dance, the circling marathon.’ from ‘The Long Game’ The Long Game and Other Poems brings together the last poems from one of Australia’s greatest poets. Written in the final years of Bruce Beaver’s life, these honest and generous poems look back on a life fraught with illness and turmoil, but one concomitantly enriched by poetry, music, art, and a love affair lasting a lifetime. The poems – mindful of the new millennium – meditate on death and destruction, loss and frailty, while remaining faithful to the promise of life and birth, regeneration and creativity. As he says in ‘October 1999’: ‘Blossoms and bombs. Every / Spring’s mad with love and wars, / babies and murderers.’ This poignant volume commemorates the anniversary of Bruce Beaver’s death on 17 February 2004 at the age of seventy-six. ‘His is the friendly, the unpompous, the democratic voice which poetry has had to adopt this century to even begin to be believed, but it is also the ramshorn, the oracle, the sound of weeping by the waters.’ – PETER PORTER ‘Bruce Beaver deserves to be celebrated as a great Australian poet, a victor against overwhelming odds and a national treasure.’ – MARTIN DUWELL ‘Just as Dante trusted Virgil to take him to Hell – and back – so Beaver’s poetry speaks as the best and dearest of friends as well as the most wise and courageous of immortal guides.’ – DOROTHY PORTER

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