In 1961 the great Australian 20th Century poet Gwen Harwood published a pair of sonnets – ‘Eloisa to Abelard,’ and ‘Abelard to Eloisa’ – in The Bulletin, an eminent Australian magazine, now defunct. They were published under the name ‘Walter Lehman,’ one of Harwood’s many pseudonyms. Like the creators of Ern Malley’s work, she believed the poems were ‘poetical rubbish which show up the incompetence of anyone who publishes them’. Each sonnet was an acrostic, spelling out ‘So Long Bulletin’ and ‘Fuck all Editors’.
So Long Bulletin is a new blog about Australian poetry and criticism edited by Elizabeth Campbell, LK Holt and Petra White. The blog will include reviews, commentary on issues relevant to poetry and featured poems from Australian and international poets.
ELIZABETH CAMPBELL lives in Melbourne. Her two collections of poetry, Letters to the Tremulous Hand, and Error, are published by John Leonard Press. She is the 2011 Australia Council Poet in Residence in Rome.
LK HOLT’s first collection of poetry, Man Wolf Man (2007)won the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and her second collection, Patience, Mutiny (2010) won the Grace Leven Prize.
PETRA WHITE was born in Adelaide in 1975 and lives in Melbourne. She is the author of The Incoming Tide (2007), and The Simplified World (2010), which won the Grace Leven Prize.
Some of their poetry can be found here.
Masthead logo drawn lovingly by Julian Smith.