(Robert Gray was born on February 23, 1945. Raised at Coff...)
Robert Gray was born on February 23, 1945. Raised at Coffs Harbour, on the north coast of New South Wales. This collection of poems contains 29 poems.
(With his poetry debut "Creek Water Journal", Robert Gray ...)
With his poetry debut "Creek Water Journal", Robert Gray at once established his name as a highly original "imaginist". He sees the rural world with an unerring eye; how man mars it and in time it re-establishes harmonies of its own. The city - Sydney in particular, with the play of water and light in the Harbour - plays a part. As well as the image poems there are discursive and narrative pieces.
Robert Gray was educated in the country-town in the north of New South Wales.
Robert Gray worked variously as a book shop salesperson, advertising copywriter, magazine writer and editor, and reviewer while creating his poetry and editing and collecting the works of others. In addition to his poems of nature, he has written critically acclaimed narratives such as "Flames and Dangling Wire" about a trip to the dump, and “Diptych,” which paints a portrait of his parents. Gray also worked for Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and became a writer-in-residence at universities in Australia and at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.
(With his poetry debut "Creek Water Journal", Robert Gray ...)1978
(Robert Gray was born on February 23, 1945. Raised at Coff...)1970
About his first experiencing the phenomenon of "poetry" Gray says, "It was the image that led me to poetry. When I was twelve, I experienced an epiphany, as the teacher was reading to us from that wonderfully Keatsian book The Wind in the Willows. He read a description of the Mole and the Water Rat at breakfast. The mole was eating hot toast, through which the butter was described as dripping 'like honey out of the honeycomb'." Suddenly, Gray noticed, he saw something razor-sharp in his mind's eye that he actually must have looked at often - without ever really having seen it. "I saw that we can perceive more fully in a work of art when we are lifted out of the 'buzzing, blooming confusion of life' than we can ordinarily, and so I decided to write poems."
Robert Gray employs a broad range of styles, from haiku-like three-line poems to his free verse tributes to nature and spiritualism. He captures precise images, supple rhythms, humanity, and warmth in his poems, which are now enjoyed outside of his native Australia.
"Things, as they are, are what is mystical."
"Those who search deepest are returned to life... What is most needed is that we become more modest. And the work of art that can return us to our senses."