Peter Bakowski

(15 October 1954 - / Melbourne / Australia)

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Peter Bakowski is an Australian poet. His poems often use deceptively simple words and images, reminiscent at times of words in a child's picture book, but with some stylistic similarities to the work of writers such as Charles Simic. or Vítězslav Nezval.


Born in Melbourne, to Polish-German immigrants. Bakowski was born premature, with a hole in the heart, he has survived two heart operations. His parents ran a delicatessen, and after completing his secondary schooling he worked in a series of low-paying jobs before opening his own record shop in the early 1980s.

He commenced writing poetry while travelling through Texas in 1983. His early works, ... more »

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Portrait Of Blood

The thin armour

you give the newborn,

the midwife

washes away.

In playgrounds,

when the bullied fall,

you rush

to the hill of a bruise.

The shape of your engine room,

lovers carve into tree trunks.

In war

you blossom from

every wounded soldier and civilian.

In the field hospital

you glisten on

the gloved hands of surgeons

and each busy scalpel.

You’re not to be trusted,

rummaging in the attic of our skulls,

studying the ...

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