The basic idea behind this weblog started a few years back when I contemplated producing a reprint collection of poems for a member of my family. This collection would feature entries that all related to a specific day - the birthday of the relative in question.  The subject date is not one of those iconic calendar events such as January 26 or April 25, rather it is fairly non-descript with a few interesting space exploration events occurring on the day, but little else to differentiate it from most other days of the year.

So, with nothing major to commemorate, I decided to concentrate on poems that had been first published on that date.  They had to be Australian and had to have appeared in a newspaper or magazine with the exact date on the cover.  As much as possible I wanted to avoid using poems from monthly magazines that had only a month specified and no exact day. 

I still think it's a good idea but it isn't going to happen any time soon.  But the idea kept on niggling away at me and has led, finally, to this weblog.

If you don't like Australian poetry, especially that which is out of copyright (ie 1788-1952), then I fear you won't find anything of interest here.  This will feature reprints only, with occasional other entries that I find interesting.  

The first poem will appear tomorrow - January 1, 2011.

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This page contains a single entry by Perry Middlemiss published on December 31, 2010 8:05 AM.

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