FACT, 18 (?) June 1944:
Ern Malley, the great poet, or the greatest hoax?
“To commemorate the Australian Poet ERN MALLEY’’ an Australian literary magazine with the title “Angry Penguins” dedicates 1944 autumn number published last month in Adelaide.
* The other “giant” (according to Angry Penguins’ editor Harris), the late Donald Bevis Kerr.
“He was a poet of tremendous power, working through a disciplined and restrained kind of statement into the deepest wells of human experience,” writes Harris.
At Harris’ request, “Miss Ethel Malley” sent 14 other poems by Ern Malley.
From PETIT TESTAMENT
“Where I have lived
Later in the same “poem”:—
“There is a moment when the
The last line et the last poem:—
“I have split the infinite. Be-
FACT, which has no high opinion of the Ern Malley “poems,” investigated the Ern Malley life-story in Angry Penguins, found:
Published in U.S.
Some Ern Malley poems are included in the anthology of Australian verse collected by the American poet Harry Roskolenko and published in New York by Henry Vinnal.
“Malley orphicular wraith, whose
On Dit, the students’ magazine, commenting on the controversy, says: “Malley’s work is in true ‘Penguins’ style . . . Malley has left clues of literary knowledge which to the learned and initiated indicate Adelaide as the .source of the poems — if not Max Harris, then a close friend of his,”
Harris says —
Phoned in Adelaide, Max Harris told FACT he had not written the Ern Malley poems and if the Ern Malley whom he had believed to be the author did not write them he did not know who did.
Continued on foot, Page 4.
ERN MALLEY, GREAT POET OR GREAT HOAX?
“However, the personal life and philosophy of the poet is always a factor of deep significance and we will willingly give you all possible help to clear up the mystery.
There have been interpolations,
He said he thought the lines had a “fairly patent meaning.” The “rivet through the hand” was a reference to Christ which was also in the associative word “crisis.” After the universality of “suppressions of crisis” there was a local image in “Footscray.”
Jacket 17 — June 2002
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