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Blight, John

John Blight (1913-1995) was born in South Australia but spent most of his adult life in Queensland. In 1939, his poems were first published in the Bulletin, establishing his long association with Australia’s leading literary magazines. His numerous awards include the 1964 Myer award, with A Beachcomber’s Diary winning the best Australian book of verse; the 1965 Dame Mary Gilmore Medal; the 1976 Patrick White Award for Selected Poems 1939-1975; the Grace Leven Prize for poetry in 1984 and an order of merit for services to literature in 1987. UQP published Holiday Sea Sonnets (1988) and Selected poems: 1939-1990 (1992).