Biography of Geoffrey Donald Page
Geoff Page, born 7 July 1940 in Grafton, Australia, is an Australian poet who has published eighteen collections of poetry as well as two novels, four verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann.
He retired at the end of 2001 from being in charge of the English Department at Narrabundah College in the ACT, a position he had held since 1974.
He has won several awards, including the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Christopher Brennan Award, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. Selections from his work have been translated into Chinese, Hindi, German, Serbian, Slovenian and Greek. He has also read his work and talked on Australian poetry in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, India, Singapore, China, Korea, the United States and New Zealand.
Geoffrey Donald Page Poems
has written the best
of the protestant proverbs:
the Stalinists, the Taliban,
in trench coats or in holy white.
So, too, the mullahs of Iran.
he¹s flicking through his set of cards.
Every fleck of black is in them.
You're like an open field.
Soon the disabilities
I think I could turn awhile and write like the Americans,
they are so at ease in their syllables, irregular as eyelids,
various as the sea.
Dancing with the Flag
A (more-or-less-well-meaning) giant
is stumbling round the world.
To signify esprit de corps
he wears his flag unfurled.
He lumbers here; he lumbers there;
he wishes he'd stayed put.
The scorpions he's kicked by chance
are nipping at his foot.