James Phillip McAuley
James Phillip McAuley Poems
- Marginal Note A ray of light, to an oblique observer, ...
- Durer: Innsbruck, 1495 I had often, cowled in the slumbrous ...
- Magpie The magpie's mood is never surly every morning, ...
- Winter Morning Spring stars glitter in the freezing ...
- Because My father and my mother never quarrelled. They were ...
- Iris Not how you would be thought of, your color Being grey,...
- Pieta A year ago you came Early into the light. You lived a...
James Phillip McAuley was an Australian academic, poet, journalist, literary critic and a prominent convert to Roman Catholicism.
Life and career
McAuley was born in Lakemba, a suburb of Sydney. He was educated at Fort Street High School and then attended Sydney University where he majored in English, Latin and philosophy. In 1937 he edited Hermes, the annual literary journal of the University of Sydney Union, in which many of his early poems were published until 1941.
He began his life as an Anglican and was sometime organist and choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church, Dulwich Hill in Sydney. McAuley lost his Christian faith as a younger man.
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A ray of light, to an oblique observer,
Remains invisible in pure dry air;
But shone into a turbid element
It throws distracting side-gleams everywhere
And is diminished by what takes the eye.
So poetry that moves by chance collision
Scatters its brightness at each random mote
And mars the lucid order of its vision.
The purest meditation will appear
Faint or invisible to those who glance
Obliquely at its unreflected beam;