Australian Poetry 1970-1980: Some Statistical Observations


The summarising and assessment of the period 1970-1980 has already begun. A number of recent commentators have, to my mind, based their observations and judgments on a less than scrupulous study of the facts. In order to clarify in my own mind the actual patterns of this period I have analysed the holdings of Australian poetry in my own library. To ensure greater accuracy I also examined files in the Fryer Library, University of Queensland, and made a careful scrutiny of book reviews in the poetry journals. For this period I made a careful attempt to keep my own collection comprehensive, but it is possible that some of the smaller and more ephemeral booklets have escaped my notice. I feel confident, though, that the substantial overview of the 11 year period can be clearly discerned from the analysis.

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Published 1 May 1983 in Volume 11 No. 1. Subjects: Australian poetry, Australian publishers, Poetry publishing, Poets.

Cite as: Shapcott, Thomas. ‘Australian Poetry 1970-1980: Some Statistical Observations.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, 1983, doi: 10.20314/als.3886f44940.