Who is Kenneth SlessorKenneth Adolphe Slessor (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.
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 Sydney Church of England Grammar Sch...
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Kenneth Slessor Poems
- Last Trams
THAT street washed with violet
Writes like a tablet
Of living here; that pavement ...
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. ...
Top 10 most used topics by Kenneth SlessorNight 19 Dark 18 Light 16 Earth 14 Black 13 Long 13 Gold 13 Time 13 Moon 13 Water 13
Kenneth Slessor Quotes
Comments about Kenneth SlessorVkookiiet: wild grapes - kenneth slessor
War_poets: 3 november 1941 kenneth slessor watches two captured german propaganda films in cairo. ‘the films terrible and terrifying – designedly so, of course, since they are propaganda to cow and scare the smaller neutrals'
Vkookiiet: acidic and gypsy sweet, i thought of him, kenneth slessor, the dead guy
Unaustraliana: kenneth slessor, then aged 18, and having published only two poems, prints a contract with the goddess thalia (muse presiding over comedy and idyllic poetry) in the bulletin in 1919
Mmodernity: available now on print plus, peter kirkpatrick's article "corrosive littoral: on the beach with kenneth slessor" raises the curtain on our new cycle
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