David George Joseph Malouf

(1934 / Brisbane)

David George Joseph Malouf
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David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. His father's family had immigrated to Australia from the Lebanon in the 1880s and his mother's family had arrived from London before the First World War. In 1955, Malouf graduated from the University of Queensland and then taught in the Department of English there until he moved to England in 1959. He remained in England, working as a teacher at Holland Park Comprehensive School and then Birkenhead, during which time his first selection of poems appeared in Australia in the collection Four Poets in 1962.

Returning to Australia in 1968, Malouf lectured in English at the University of Sydney until 1977, during which time he published three... more »

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In the old days it was easy—
enough to recognize
a god or two benignly
winking above the sill, barely surprised
if a bull you stroked
with blue eyes and a lovecurl
between his horns tried it
on or a swan cam thwacking
your thighs. There were charms
to be laid out in the sun and rhymes
to mutter. Girls had been made
into stars before Hollywood,
and no bobby-soxer
in my day, alone
on Naxos, would have refused
Sinatra. The lives
of the brightest of us fitted
on a Fantales wrapper. Satan
had a black smudge under
his nose, ...

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