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John Forbes Feature

John Forbes

John Forbes

Editor’s note: This issue of Jacket is dedicated to the memory of John Forbes, who died suddenly at his home in Melbourne on 23 January 1998. He was a subtle, ironic and brilliant poet, wholly dedicated to his art. In this issue: some poems by John, some photos, Gig Ryan’s eulogy, a review of his last book, and some poems by his friends.  — J.T.

John Forbes — five poems: — ‘Speed, A Pastoral
3 recent poems from Damaged Glamour
poem: ‘Dean Martin’s definition of happiness’

Gig Ryan — i.m. John Forbes (with ‘Love Poem’ by John Forbes)
Ken Bolton — ‘(Two Portraits)’
Carl Harrison-Ford on John Forbes and his last book of poems
Rae D.Jones, ‘grim reaper blues’
John Kinsella, ‘The Dam Busters’
Nigel Roberts, ‘Dialogue with John Forbes’
Tracy Ryan, poem
Ken Searle, Portrait of John Forbes
Keston Sutherland, two poems
Hugh Tolhurst, Catullus translation
John Tranter, ‘God on a Bicycle’
John Tranter reviews John Forbes’s posthumous collection, Damaged Glamour
Link: how to order your copy
See also Jacket 26 for Ken Bolton’s 20-page Introduction to the poetry of John Forbes
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Announcement of the April 1998 Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry, including the John Forbes memorial reading

A report from Bernardo Soares is available in Jacket 4.



Getting Ready for the Nautical Poetry Party

Getting Ready for the Nautical Poetry Party

Andrea Brady
Tom Clark
Johanna Drucker
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Mark Ford
Peter Gizzi
Kris Hemensley
Michele Leggott
Joel Lewis
Harry Mathews
Drew Milne
Ron Padgett
Hugh Tolhurst
John Wilkinson


Interview — Noel King talks to Russell Chatham of Clark City Press, Montana
Drew Milne reviews — John Wilkinson’s Sarn Helen
John Tranter reviewsSomebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa by Charles Nicholl
John Tranter — ‘Thank God for the Bourgeoisie’
Eliot Weinberger on the lost Chilean poet Omar Cáceres


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