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    Look at the Lake
    Brophy, K (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018-05-08)
    This is a book about deep history and living in the moment; beauty and poverty; comic discovery and tragic loss. Kevin Brophy writes about people and place like no-one else. Research Statement: This work is in the field of Creative Writing (FOR 190402). its contexts are multiple and complex. They are: poetry by white writers about Aboriginal Australia, poetry on the desert landscape of Australia, on isolation in the outback, and on life in an Aboriginal community. The research aim is to make a book of poems that will work powerfully in an aesthetic and linguistic sense while exposing intimately a truthful picture of how it is to live in a desert landscape and a remote Aboriginal community. There has never been such a book of poems written in Australia, produced through negotiation with the local people of the community. The new knowledge this book aims to provide is to stand as a test of whether it is possible to write truthfully, powerfully, intimately and respectfully about being a white person in an Aboriginal community and environment. The publication of these poems by an important Press and favourable critical reception in Australian Book Review, the Australian and the Australian Poetry Review are all evidence of excellence.
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    STONES; BASTILLE MARKET; THE RED TRUCK; WHAT YOU WANT ME TO UNDERSTAND (four poems)
    Brophy, K (The University of Canberra, 2019-12-06)
    four poems of place
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    Wave, Mountains, Wings and Sails: on Lorri Whiting, an expatriate woman artist (part one)
    Brophy, K (University of Western Australia Press, 2019-11-03)
    Kevin Brophy writes of the art and life of Lorri Whiting, Australian expatriate abstract artist in Rome and across Europe through the second half of the twentieth century
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    Friday essay: on the ending of a friendship
    Brophy, K (The Conversation Media Group, 2019-09-20)
    A 40-year friendship ends badly and publicly, leading to a forensic examination of what it means to have and be a friend.
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    Shame-Job: considering that the whole affair might have gone differently
    Brophy, K (Meanjin Company, 2019-06-01)
    As my 20-year working life at the University of Melbourne was coming to its natural end by teaching for the last time an introductory subject on modern poetry during the first half of 2018, Andrea and I were planning to spend the following four months travelling in the far north of Australia, first crossing the Great Sandy Desert on the Tanami Track up from Alice Springs to revisit a community in that desert where we had lived for most of the past two years, and then crossing and recrossing the area of Western Australia known as the Kimberley, a craggy region of spinifex, boab trees and laterite still sparsely populated and still unforgiving to the unprepared. This is the country of the Bunuba, Warrwa, Ungummi, Ungarinyin, Ngarnawu and Munumburra, Walmajarri, Kija and other Indigenous peoples.
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    Victorian women poets of WW1: capturing the reverberations of loss
    Brophy, K (The Conversation Media Group, 2019-04-24)
    Just as fiction’s George Smiley made sense of the world - and even made his baffling way about a world at war through knowing the works of minor German poets - our own very real Michael Sharkey (who has an equally resonant and unlikely name) has found that his passion for a certain strain of minor poets also intersects with history, war, intrigue, political resistance and troubling nationalism. ...
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    'The Dog on the Road' & 'Talk'
    Brophy, K (University of Utah, English Department, 2018-12-01)
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    What the Finch Knows
    Brophy, K (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018-12-01)
    poetry about birds
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    James Harpur in Process, 2013-2017
    Brophy, K (University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts and Design, 2018-11-02)
    This was part of a larger ARC-funded project examining the practices and conditions underlying creative excellence (CI Professor Jen Webb, ARC DP 130100402, 2013–2016). It took place in the village of Rossmore, County Cork, Ireland on 20 June 2013. Note to the second interview In 2016, James Harpur was awarded the Vincent Buckley Travelling Fellowship. He spent some weeks in Melbourne giving talks and readings at the University of Melbourne and also in a small bar in Fitzroy. He travelled down the coast, visited Geelong, and investigated the possibility that he was related to the early Australian poet, Charles Harpur. James also spent some time in Sydney during this stay. Following is a brief exchange reflecting upon his recent time in Australia. This second interview took place over an email exchange between 22 August and 1 September 2017.
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    Brophy, K ; Curnow, N (University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts and Design, 2018-11-02)
    In 2016 Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow began a correspondence, Kevin living in the remote Aboriginal community of Mulan in the Kimberley region, Nathan living in Ballarat, Victoria. This is an excerpt from a year of letters exchanging views and ideas about poetry, teaching, creativity and failure. The correspondence continues.