- John Forbes (poet)
John Forbes (
September 1, 1950- January 23, 1998) was an Australian poet.
John Forbes was born in
Melbourne, Australia, but during his childhood his family lived in northern Queensland, Malaya and New Guinea. He went to Sydney Universityand his circle of friends included the poets Robert Adamson, Martin Johnston, and John Tranter. It was at this time that the work of the American poets Ted Berrigan, John Ashberyand Frank O'Haramade a strong and lasting impression on him.
He returned to live in Melbourne in the late 1980s, where he became the poetry editor of
Scripsi. His friends around this time included the poets Gig Ryan, Laurie Dugganand Alan Wearne.
Forbes died in
Melbourneof a heart attack, aged 47.
*"Collected Poems, 1970-1998"; 2001, Brandl & Schlesinger, ISBN 1-876040-27-0.
*"Damaged Glamour"; 1998, Brandl & Schlesinger, ISBN 1-876040-10-6.
*"New and Selected Poems"; 1992, Angus & Robertson, ISBN 0-207-16951-9.
*"The Stunned Mullet"; 1988, Hale & Ironmonger.
*"Stalin's Holidays"; 1981, Transit Poetry.
*"Drugs"; 1979, Black Lamb Press.
*"On the Beach"; 1977, Sea Cruise Books.
*"Tropical Skiing"; 1976, Angus & Robertson.
*Ken Bolton (ed.) "Homage to John Forbes". (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2002)
* [http://afactor.net/forbes/info/jf.html Poems, links etc.]
* [http://jacketmagazine.com/03/index.shtml Forbes issue of "Jacket"]
* [http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/archive/Issue-February-1998/mead.html Essay on Forbes] by Philip Mead
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Late twentieth century Australian poet
DATE OF BIRTH=
September 1, 1950
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DATE OF DEATH=
January 23, 1998
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