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Kenneth Slessor

(27 March 1901 – 30 June 1971 / Orange, New South Wales)

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Kenneth Slessor was born in Orange, New South Wales. He published his first poetry in the Bulletin magazine while still at school. He worked on the Sydney Sun newspaper from 1920 to 1925, and for a while on the Melbourne Punch and Melbourne Herald. He returned to Sydney in 1927 to work on Smith's Weekly, where he stayed until 1939.

In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Slessor was appointed as an official war correspondent, and spent time with Australian troops in England, Greece, the Middle-East and New Guinea.

At the end of the war he returned to the Sydney Sun as a leader-writer and literary editor until 1957. He then worked for the Daily Telegraph and ... more »

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  • And tried to hear your voice, but all I heard
    Was a boat's whistle, and the scraping squeal
    Of seabird's voices far away, and bells,
    Five bells. Five bells coldly ringing out. Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971), Australian poet, journalist. Five Bells (l. 124-128). . . Poetry in Australia, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: From the Ballads t...
  • ''These funeral-cakes of sweet and sculptured stone.''
    Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971), Australian poet, journalist. Five Bells (l. 96). . . Poetry in Australia, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: From the Ballads to Bre...
  • ''Time that is moved by little fidget wheels
    Is not my Time,''
    Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971), Australian poet, journalist. Five Bells (l. 1-2). . . Poetry in Australia, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: From the Ballads to Br...
  • ''Are you shouting at me, dead man, squeezing your face
    In agonies of speech on speechless panes?
    Cry louder, beat the windows, bawl your name!''
    Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971), Australian poet, journalist. Five Bells (l. 20-22). . . Poetry in Australia, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: From the Ballads to ...
  • ''Where have you gone? The tide is over you,
    The turn of midnight water's over you,
    As Time is over you, and mystery,
    And memory, the flood that does not flow.''
    Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971), Australian poet, journalist. Five Bells (l. 97-100). . . Poetry in Australia, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: From the Ballads to...
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  • Luke Perich (7/28/2014 6:26:00 AM)

    Slessor was a disgrace to humanity. He now rots in hell.

  • Robert Alexander (11/16/2013 10:36:00 PM)

    I reckon Slessor was a sicko. Slessor was a bloody sicko. Probably got abused when he was still weeny.

  • Robert Alexander (11/16/2013 10:36:00 PM)

    I reckon Slessor was a sicko. Slessor was a bloody sicko. Probably got abused when he was still weeny.

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