Publisher's synopsis

This collection of Francis Webb’s poems is the first edition to incorporate Webb’s final changes – previously ignored by editors – to several of his poems written in 1969.

Webb wrote on varied subjects: the sea, postwar Australian cities, mental illness, colonial histories as well as religious and political figures, including St Francis and Hitler. His poems are written in a range of styles, from humorous short verse to epics and radio plays.

Edited and introduced by award-winning poet Toby Davidson, this splendid collection celebrates Webb’s thirty-three-year writing career and is essential reading for everyone who believes in the importance of Australian literature.