Judith Wright Poems
- Request To A Year If the year is meditating a suitable gift, ...
- The Old Prison The rows of cells are unroofed, a flute for ...
- Five Senses Now my five senses gather into a meaning all ...
- Legend The blacksmith's boy went out with a rifle and a ...
- Magpies Along the road the magpies walk with hands in ...
- The Surfer He thrust his joy against the weight of the ...
- Bora Ring The song is gone; the dance is secret with the ...
Judith Arundell Wright (31 May 1915 – 25 June 2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights.
Judith Wright was born in Armidale, New South Wales. The eldest child of Phillip Wright and his first wife, Ethel, she spent most of her formative years in Brisbane and Sydney. Wright was of Cornish ancestry. After the early death of her mother, she lived with her aunt and then boarded at New England Girls' School after her father's remarriage in 1929. After graduating, Wright studied Philosophy, English, Psychology and History at the University of Sydney. At the beginning of World War II, she returned to her father's station to help during the shortage... more »
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Request To A Year
If the year is meditating a suitable gift,
I should like it to be the attitude
of my great- great- grandmother,
legendary devotee of the arts,
who having eight children
and little opportunity for painting pictures,
sat one day on a high rock
beside a river in Switzerland
and from a difficult distance viewed
her second son, balanced on a small ice flow,drift down the current toward a waterfall
that struck rock bottom eighty feet below,
while her second daughter, impeded,
no doubt, by the petticoats of the day,
stretched out a ...