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*These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man, and in praise of God, and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't* Dylan Thomas, note to Collected Poems (1952)

Background Information

I share in the care of a toddler son Brendan. My day job is as a lecturer at a College of Further Education in Western Australia. My night job is "tickling the ivories" at a restaurant in my home town.I have from an early age been influenced by the writings of Dylan Thomas, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville and William Shakespeare. Later in life I learnt to appreciate the works of Australian writers such as Kenneth Slessor, Patrick White, Dorothy Hewitt and Thomas Kenneally.Women have been major influences in my life: my mother; my aunt Paddy; various wives and lovers. However, the passive results of those influences did not become activated until I reached the age of fifty. Slow maturer, or a person seeking personal growth through experience? Who knows/cares? Let me tamper with a quote attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes: "The foolishest kind of emotional instability is a kind of leaky boat on a sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in somehow."

Birth Place
Broken Hill,  Australia

Bachelor of Arts (English), Curtin University, Perth, W.A. Australia.
Grad Dip Arts (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A. Australia
Model Teachers' Award for High Quality Teaching: Hechi Teachers' College, Guangxi Province, People's republic of China.

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I also have quite a catholic taste in music. I am a pianist\entertainer as well as a teacher of English as a second language. I have travelled extensively in my own country, Australia. I have also travelled and worked in other countries such as Italy, Switzerland, England, Ireland, China, Singapore... to name just a few. I love to write and have had newspaper articles and poetry published in Australia. I also post non-fictional articles and poetry on several publishing web sites. I look forward to publishing on this site also. One day I would like to put all my stuff together and publish a book. We'll see!

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