Ann-Marie Priest teaches literature at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. She is the author of Great Writers, Great Loves: The Reinvention of Love in the Twentieth Century (Black Inc, 2006), and has published essays on Gwen Harwood and Christina Stead, as well as on Virginia Woolf, Henry James, French feminist thought and Christian mysticism. Her book manuscript on the role of vocation in the lives of Australian women writers, A Free Flame, was highly commended for the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award, and will be published by UWA Publishing. She is currently working on a biography of Gwen Harwood.
Central Queensland University
This essay examines the role of Gwen Harwood’s Eisenbart poems in helping to establish her career as a serious poet. It argues that Harwood had more trouble breaking into the male-dominated world of Australian poetry than is generally acknowledged, and…