Kenneth Slessor

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Kenneth Slessor was born in Orange, New South Wales. He published his first poetry in the Bulletin magazine while still at school. He worked on the Sydney Sun newspaper from 1920 to 1925, and for a while on the Melbourne Punch and Melbourne Herald. He returned to Sydney in 1927 to work on Smith's Weekly, where he stayed until 1939.

In 1939, at ...

Popular Poems
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Five Bells

Time that is moved by little fidget wheels
Is not my time, the flood that does not flow.
Between the double and the single bell
Of a ship's hour, between a round of bells
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William Street

The red globe of light, the liquor green,
the pulsing arrows and the running fire
spilt on the stones, go deeper than a stream;
You find this ugly, I find it lovely
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3.
Sleep

Do you give yourself to me utterly,

Body and no-body, flesh and no-flesh
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Beach Burial

Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs
The convoys of dead sailors come;
At night they sway and wander in the waters far under,
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North Country

North Country, filled with gesturing wood,
With trees that fence, like archers' volleys,
The flanks of hidden valleys
Where nothing's left to hide
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Comments

Stephen Loomes 25 July 2020

This man, was a superb poet, and wisely, like Rimbaud, he quit while he was still inspired

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Secretwebsite 28 October 2018

Like this comment please

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OMEGALUL 17 October 2018

What the r these comments

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McFlee thAman 26 July 2018

Such a great poet. War poems is not good but I wnjoy

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Dont u give up nah nah. I wont give up nah nah. Let me love your mum.

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Rachel Tu Dona 26 July 2018

I love this poet he was so sexy. In bed he was so good.

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Truthbomb McGee 17 June 2018

Slessor was an absolute lad and a half. He in himself, was poetry. A complete and utter beastly individual.

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Dickbutt Jones 26 October 2017

These comments are depressing. But then again, so am I. Turtle rhymes with rape

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