James Phillip McAuley

(12 October 1917 – 15 October 1976 / Lakemba, New South Wales)

James Phillip McAuley Poems

1. Marginal Note 1/1/2004
2. Magpie 4/12/2010
3. Winter Morning 4/12/2010
4. Durer: Innsbruck, 1495 4/12/2010
5. Because 5/9/2012
6. Pieta 5/9/2012
7. Iris 5/9/2012
8. Credo 5/9/2012
9. Meanwhile, In Another Part Of The War 5/9/2012
10. At a Child's Grave 5/9/2012
11. A Poem in Place of a Lecture 5/9/2012


Not how you would be thought of, your color
Being grey, silky, like a second skin, your hair
Flecked with it. Now, hearing your way of saying
Iridescent while I read your poem, three years
After your death, I am compelled to check
You out in Ovid, Lamprière, Bulfin, then
A book of flowers, where I discover you
On marshy ground, not grey exactly—in fact
A pretty blue-grey, a quiet type, with a green cowl

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