John Forbes
homage to john forbes
edited by ken bolton

john forbes  peter porter  gig ryan  tracy ryan  john trantor  alan wearne
cassie lewis  rosemary hutton  ivor indyk  cath kenneally  john kinsella
ken bolton  pam brown  chris burns  laurie duggan  carl harrison-ford

This is an invaluable collection of essays, poems, interviews, letters, illuminating the life and work of the late John Forbes, ironically self-styled 'major-minor' poet. The contents are variously affectionate, critical, illuminting, often brilliant, and occasionally pig-headed. They are linked by that crucial emotion, love.

Forbes captured the touch of Sydney, its humidity and more. But, as protean Peter Porter wonderfully observes, 'Sydney is not a good place to be unhappy in'. There was much unhappiness in Forbes's life, much critical hedonism in his poetry.

We are just beginning to be able to read Forbes; this volume will assist in that revaluation. Forbes, despite a relatively small output, demands consideration as a major poet. Thus his untimely death was doubly regretable. This collection is, in short, a bobbydazzler!
from the book cover by Don Anderson


  • Ken Bolton  Homage to John Forbes
  • Carl Harrison-Ford  Speech to Launch Damaged Glamour
  • Peter Porter  John Forbes in Europe
  • Cath Kenneally  For John Forbes
  • Tracy Ryan  Cambridge Considered as the Cocos & Keeling Islands
  • John Tranter  God on a bicycle
  • Laurie Duggan  Return to Sender
  • Pam Brown  Petersham Days
  • Ivor Indyk  The Awkward Grace of John Forbes
  • Gig Ryan  "more successful than America"
  • Cath Kenneally  John Forbes - Form, Intuition and (a) Song
  • Rosemary Hunter   The Man Who Loved Women
  • Peter Porter  When You Said Bessemer, Did You Mean Beckmesser?
  • Pam Brown  Thread Drift
  • Chris Burns  Ode to James Baker's Eternal Teenagers
  • Alan Wearne  Spirit and Action
  • Cassie Lewis  Subtle Justice: John Forbes as Poetry Teacher in the Nineties
  • John Forbes  The Working Life
  • Ken Bolton  Some Memories of John Forbes
  • Ken Bolton  Coffee & John Forbes Poem
  • John Kinsella - Tracy Ryan  "this academy can teach you no more"
  • Ken Searle  John Forbes as Zeus

Homage to John Forbes
edited by ken bolton
Released in 2002
Brandl & Schlesinger
Book Cover: András Berkes
ISBN 1 876040 38 6

John Forbes Collected Poems Homage to John Forbes Online Poems
©: adapted by afactor Dated: 2 May 2002 Updated: 23 January 2007