David Brooks

(12 January 1953 - / Canberra / Australia)

Biography of David Brooks

David Brooks poet

David Gordon Brooks is an Australian author.

He graduated from the Australian National University in 1974. He married Alison Summers in 1975. Brooks and Summers then studied abroad and received their M.A. degrees from the University of Toronto. Brooks completed his Ph.D from the University of Toronto after returning to Australia in 1981 while teaching at the Royal Military College, Duntroon located in Canberra. In 1982 he began teaching at the University of Western Australia in Perth, where he met the poet Nicolette Stasko, who became his partner for the next twenty years. In 1986 he returned to the Australian National University as a lecturer, a post he held for the next four years. Brooks currently is an associate professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. He married the Slovenian translator and photographer Teja Pribac in 2005.

He is a co-editor, along with Elizabeth McMahon, for Southerly, Australia's oldest literary magazine.

His novel, The Fern Tattoo, was shortlisted for the 2008 Miles Franklin Award.

He is a vegan.

David Brooks's Works:


The House of Balthus. Allen and Unwin, 1995.
The Fern Tattoo. University of Queensland Press, 2007.
The Umbrella Club. University of Queensland Press, 2009.


The Cold Front. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1983.
Walking to Point Clear. Blackheath: Brandl & Schlesinger, 2005.
Urban Elegies. Sydney: Island Press (Australia), 2007.
The Balcony. University of Queensland Press, 2008.

Short stories

The Book of Sei and Other Stories. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1985. The Book of Sei. London: Faber & Faber, 1987.
Sheep and the Diva. Melbourne: McPhee Gribble, 1990.
Black Sheep. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1997.


The Necessary Jungle: Literature and Excess. Melbourne: McPhee Gribble, 1990.
De/scription. Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2000.
The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2011.


With Brenda Walker Poetry and Gender. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1989.
A. D. Hope: Selected Poems. Sydney: HarperCollins/A&R, 1991.
Suddenly Evening: Selected Poems of R.F. Brissenden. Melbourne: McPhee Gribble, 1991.
The Double Looking Glass: New and Classic Essays on the Poetry of A. D. Hope. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2000.
Selected Poetry and Prose of A. D. Hope. Sydney: Halstead Press, 2000.

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When I look back
over the past few years
and think that almost every day
has had its own new worry
or some unexpected version of the old
I’d like to think
that the years ahead will be different
and that we will not sit at the end of the next
or of some year after that

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