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Ernest G Moll

(25 August 1900 - 15 May 1997 / Murtoa / Victoria / Australia)

Biography of Ernest G Moll

Ernest G Moll poet

Ernest Moll was born in Murtoa, Victoria, on 25 August 1900 and moved to Strathdown, Gerogery, New South Wales in 1909. From 1913-18 he attended Concordia College, Adelaide and at the age of 20 moved to the United States for study, graduating Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence College in 1922 and Master of
Arts, Harvard University in 1923.

Having lectured at Colorado College from 1923 to 1925, Moll returned to Australia 1925 to 1926 where he collected and imported 3 000 Australian native birds to the United States. In 1927 he again took up his teaching position at Colorado College wher he also published his his first book of verse, Sedge fire. In the same year (on 24 September) he married Nieva Remington with whom he had two children, Richard and Carolyn. A year later Moll was appointed Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon, an institution where he remained until his retirement in 1966.

From 1931 onwards Moll published fourteen poetry collections, one book of history and two books on poetry appreciation. His 1940 collection of poetry, Cut from mulga, was chosen by the Commonwealth Literary Committee as best book of the year. In 1966 Moll etired from the University of Oregon, and was awarded the University Medal for Distinguished Academic Service. Having moved to Oroville, California in 1972, Moll continued writing until his death there on 15 May 1997.

Moll maintained his connections with Australia, lecturing on exchange at Sydney Teachers' College 1939 to 1940, and returning frequently to the border region, particularly Yackandah.

Ernest G Moll's Works:

1927 Sedge Fire .Portland, Oregon : Metropolitan Press.
1931 Native moments and other poems .Portland, Oregon : Metropolitan Press.
1934 Campus Sonnets .Portland, Oregon : Metropolitan Press.
1935 Blue interval: poems of Crater Lake .Portland, Oregon : Metropolitan Press.
1940 Cut from Mulga Poems.Capetown, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press in association with Oxford University Press.
1944 'Figure in Clay (A Village Blacksmith)' Southerly vol.5 no.3, p.19-21.
1945 'In Praise of Cactoblastus' Southerly vol.6 no.1, p.19.
1945 Brief waters.Sydney : The Australasian Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd
1946 'Barren Country' Southerly vol.7 no.4, p.227.
1946 'Beware the Cuckoo' Southerly vol.7 no.1, p.13
1946 'Sheep Killer' Southerly vol.7 no.4, p.209-210.
1946 'Under the Gum Trees at Sunset' An Australasian Anthology : Australian and New Zealand Poems, edited by Percival Serle, Frank Wilmot and R.H.Croll Sydney, NSW : Collins, p.289.
1947 'An Undertaker's Advertisement' Southerly vol.8 no.1, p.38.
1947 Beware the Cuckoo and other Poems .Sydney : The Australasian Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd.
1948 The Waterhole A Poem.Sydney : Angus & Robertson. [collection of verse] 98 p. ; 23 cm..
1950 'Eagles Over the Lambing Paddock' A Book of Australian and New Zealand Verse, edited by Walter Murdoch and Alan Mulgan Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.215.
1950 'Farm Day' Southerly vol.11 no.2, p.83
1950 'Foxes Among the Lambs' A Book of Australian and New Zealand Verse, edited by Walter Murdoch and Alan Mulgan Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.214-215.
1953 The lifted spear.Sydney : Angus & Robertson. [collection of verse], 63 p. ; 22 cm.
1955 'Riverina Morning' The Bulletin vol.76 no.3958, 21 December, p.2.
1956 'A Stone Bridge Built by Convicts' The Bulletin vol.77 no.4009, 12 December, p.12.
1956 'Beware the Cuckoo' A Book of Australian Verse, edited by Judith Wright (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.83)
1956 'Cicadas in February' The Bulletin vol.77 no.3970, 14 March, p.23.
1956 'Kookaburras at Evening' The Bulletin vol.77 no.3985, 27 June, p.23.
1956 'On Having Grown Old' A Book of Australian Verse, edited by Judith Wright (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.84)
1956 'One Way to Fame' The Sydney Morning Herald 11 August, p.11.
1956 'Summer Evening' The Bulletin vol.77 no.4008, 5 December, p.13.
1956 'Two from Yackandandah : Storm' The Bulletin vol.77 no.3963, 25 1957 Below these hills: the story of a Riverina farm .Melbourne : Melbourne University Press.
1957 Poems: 1940-55 .Sydney : Angus & Robertson:
1958 Blue interval: poems of Crater Lake.Portland, Oregon : Metropolitan Press.
1962 The Rainbow Serpent and Other Poems .Sydney: Angus & Robertson
1965 Briseis . (A Poem)New York, N.Y.: Pageant Press.
1968 'Beware the Cuckoo' A Book of Australian Verse, edited by Judith Wright (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.81)
1968 'On Having Grown Old' A Book of Australian Verse, edited by Judith Wright (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.82).
1971 The Road to Cactus-land (a group of poems).Sydney : Edwards & Shaw.
1979 Farm Day' The Jindyworobaks, selected and edited by Brian Elliott (St Lucia, Qld : University of Queensland Press, p.193).
1983 The Well and the Star .XXXXX: Privately Printed
1986 'Beware the Cuckoo' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, edited by Les A Murray (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.137)
1986 'Clearing for the Plough' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, edited by Les A Murray (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.136)
1986 'The Bush Speaks' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, edited by Les A Murray (Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.135-136)
1992 The view from a Ninetieth Birthday. Lyrical Poems of Old Age .La Jolla, Calif.La Jolla Poets Press.
1993 Recognitions at ninety-three .Oroville : Comer's Print Shop.
1994 The children of Somalia 1992-1994 and other poems .Oroville : Comer's Print Shop.
1995 A gleaner's sheaf of poems .Oroville : Comer's Print Shop.
1996 'Beware the Cuckoo' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse , edited by Les A. Murray (South Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.137).
1996 'Clearing for the Plough' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse edited by Les A. Murray (South Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.136).
1996 'The Bush Speaks' The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, edited by Les A. Murray (South Melbourne, Vic : Oxford University Press, p.135-136).

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Sheep-Killer

I should have known, when I undid his chain,
That darkness had been busy at his brain
As at an anvil, sharpening a fang.
I should have known it by the glint that sprang
Into his eyes when the chain fell and he
Stood stiffly there, as though to let me see
That he had all the time in the world to spare,
If I so felt, to match me stare for stare,
His heart being innocent.

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