Geoff Goodfellow

Review Short: Geoff Goodfellow’s Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze

Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea BreezeGeoff Goodfellow has been a ‘people’s poet’ for thirty years. The qualifications he brings to the role seem simple enough, if a little generic: a rugged working class upbringing; a simple style and language that anyone can understand and relate to; time spent working with, and reading to, workers, prisoners, the unemployed.

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Swimming with Sharks

Jim, ex CBC boy and long-term Semaphore resident, reminisces about his old mate, poet, Francis Webb, 1925 – 1973.   Frankly i didn’t know if he was telling the truth or simply weaving a web laced with lies & deceit …

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Ali Alizadeh Reviews Geoff Goodfellow

Punch on punch off by Geoff Goodfellow Vulgar Press, 2004 The concept of working-class poetry may seem like an oxymoron to the uninitiated. Isn't poetry, after all, as Harold Bloom would have it, “the crown of imaginative literature”; an elitist, …

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Paul Mitchell reviews Geoff Goodfellow

Poems for a Dead Father (shortlisted in The Age Book of the Year Award) sees Goodfellow profile his father a few years after John Goodfellow's death. The result is funny, tender, gutsy and honest (and a whole lot better, it's got to be said, than looking at Goodfellow wearing red Speedos in the picture for his Good Weekend profile).

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