Ann-Marie Priest

Ann-Marie Priest is an academic at Central Queensland University and author of Great Writers, Great Loves: The Reinvention of Love in the Twentieth Century (Black Inc, 2006). Her essays have twice appeared in Best Australian Essays.

Sharon Olds, Gwen Harwood and Dorothy Hewett: Truth, Lies, Poetry

In 2008, US poet Sharon Olds came out about her poetry, admitting that her writing is based on her own life. Since the publication of her first book, Satan Says, in 1980, when she was thirty-seven, she’d been evading questions about the biographical basis of her work. In her rare interviews, she would gently correct ‘personal’ to ‘apparently personal’ as a description of her poems and emphasise with kindly patience that they were works of art, not autobiography.

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