‘Tribute’ : An Unknown Poem by Mary Gilmore

In 2004 the Academy Editions of Australian Literature published The Collected Verse ofMary Gilmore, Volume 1 1887-1929, followed by Volume 2 1930-1962 in 2007. As noted in the Editorial Rationale, the edition sought to include 'all of the identified, published poems' and was based on 'an extensive bibliographic survey of all likely printed sources' by its editor, Jennifer Strauss. Gilmore was 'staggeringly prolific', and in addition to the almost 1,350 poems that fill the two volumes there are 'perhaps as many as 3,000 unpublished poems and fragments' resting in various manuscript collections (Volume I, lxxii). The editor and her assistant Meredith Sherlock spent several weeks proofreading each volume before it went to press, and as they worked their way laboriously through the 1,400 or so pages would sometimes joke about the unknown poem that would be sure to surface after they had finished. And now it has. 'Tribute' was published in Our Silver Jubilee, a souvenir booklet of 32 pages issued by the SW Women's ALP Organising Committee and printed by The Worker Trustees.

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Published 1 October 2012 in Volume 27 No. 3-4. Subjects: Discovery, Poetry, Mary Gilmore.

Cite as: Sherlock, Meredith. ‘‘Tribute’ : An Unknown Poem by Mary Gilmore.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 27, no. 3/4, 2012, doi: 10.20314/als.2ccc876078.