David Malouf is an award-winning Australian author. His latest novel, Ransom, is inspired by Homer's Iliad.
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A touch of the sun
Earlier than the sun
and stronger, our need
for comfort in the dark.
Always on time
with its doodle-do and smallgrass recitativo
we take the sun
as given, its shadow-play
of slats on a bed-sheet
(a hot thought
in a hot …
The states of the nation
Back in 2000 when the Centenary of Federation was looming, I was inclined to joke that we had to make a song and dance about it because the thing itself had never really happened.
It had of course, in history and in the history books, and we had a constitution …
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