Jan Owen

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Jan Owen was born in Adelaide in 1940. She received a BA from the University of Adelaide in 1963 and qualified as a librarian in 1969. She has three children and has worked as a librarian, teacher, editor and translator. In 2016 she was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and in 2017 received a Multicultural NSW prize for her translations of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. more »

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Alias Lunaria: silver dollar or silver shilling,
it travels well: hold it up to the light and see

frugal savings for a rainy day.
To be honest my first reaction's the honest lie

that hopes the means will justify the end,
metaphor's sideways lean to claim a wider view

for the little everythings to hand,
these loony purses of loose change

for the futures market, translucent not transparent,
since honesty wouldn't presume on absolute truth

and isn't a fool. Lunaria means ‘forgetfulness',
but all ...

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