James Phillip McAuley

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

Poems of James Phillip McAuley

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

Marginal Note

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.

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