Who is Kenneth Slessor

Kenneth Adolphe Slessor OBE (27 March 1901 – 30 June 1971) was an Australian poet, journalist and official war correspondent in World War II. He was one of Australia's leading poets, notable particularly for the absorption of modernist influences into Australian poetry. The Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry is named after him.

Early life Slessor was born Kenneth Adolphe Schloesser in Orange, New South Wales. As a boy, he lived in England for a time with his parents and in Australia visited the mines of rural New South Wales with his father, a Jewish mining engineer whose father and grandfather had been distinguished musicians in Germany.

His family moved to Sydney in 1903. Slessor attended Mowbray House School (1910–1914) and the S...
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Kenneth Slessor Poems

  • Last Trams
    THAT street washed with violet
    Writes like a tablet
    Of living here; that pavement ...
  • Chessmen
    CHAFING on flags of ebony and pearl,
    My paladins are waiting. Loops of smoke
    Stoop slowly from the coffee-cups, and curl
    In thin fantastic patterns down the room ...
  • Out Of Time
    I saw Time flowing like a hundred yachts
    That fly behind the daylight, foxed with air;
    Or piercing, like the quince-bright, bitter slats ...
  • Full Orchestra
    MY words are the poor footmen of your pride,
    Of what you cry, you trumpets, each to each
    With mouths of air; my speech is the dog-speech
    Of yours, the Roman tongueâ??but mine is tied ...
  • City Nightfall
    SMOKE upon smoke; over the stone lips
    Of chimneys bleeding, a darker fume descends.
    Night, the old nun, in voiceless pity bends
    To kiss corruption, so fabulous her pity. ...
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Night 19 Dark 18 Light 16 Earth 14 Black 13 Long 13 Gold 13 Time 13 Moon 13 Water 13

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  • Spill_words: gulliver a poem by kenneth slessor i'll kick your walls to bits, i'll die scratching a tunnel, if you'll give me a wall, if you'll give me a simple stone, if you'll do me the honour of a dungeon— anything but this
  • Litcharts: new guide! william street by kenneth slessor
  • Gast_gafas: »the prolific journalistic work of kenneth slessor provides a valuable case study in the history of print culture in mid-20th century australia«, p. mead: kenneth slessor, film writing, and popular culture
  • Agvocate_au: kenneth slessor, 1944. 'sprayed with the sarcasm of flies' 'schooner bees' 'dogs that lick the sunshine up' this sings in my memory of the towns dotted up the east coast of nz that still had a store, pub, 'sheepfarmers' & hitching rails when i was a kid. waipiro bay, te puia.
  • War_poets: 13 april 1941 kenneth slessor writes from greece ‘stories of other heavy australian losses, all of which i won’t accept until a better source gives it. parer said that it was reported that british complained that australians had attacked against orders'
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In this mimic form of a matron in years,
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