FALS: Monograph No 8: Modern Australian Styles by Mark O'Connor
Modern Australian Styles by Mark O'Connor, 1982
Why do Australians read so little of their own poetry? Fifteen years ago the answer would have been the same as to why they didn't go to see plays set in their own country: a feeling that the local product was bound to be inferior. Today if you ask the same question, the answer would be: we approve of the home product and the local theme, and we've tested both. In drama, the novel, and the short story we're enthusiastic ; but in poetry we're rather disillusioned.