My collection includes one hundred and twenty Banjo Paterson poems which I have split into three parts. Part 1 includes some of Banjo's best known work after which his poems are listed in alphabetical order through parts 2 and 3. In Part 2 I couldn't bring myself to split the Saltbush Bill series; if you only get a chance for a couple of humorous poems I would recommend Saltbush Bill and Saltbush Bill's Second Fight.
Poems included in Part 1:- Prelude, A Bush Christening, Black Harry's Team, Black Swans, Clancy of the Overflow, Daylight is Dying, Geebung Polo Club, On Kiley’s Run, Pioneers, Song of the Artesian Water , The Man From Ironbark, The Man From Snowy River, The Plains , The Travelling Post Office, The Weather Prophet, The Wind's Message, Waltzing Matilda, We're All Australians Now, With The Cattle, A Bushman's Song, A Disqualified Jockey's Story, A Mountain Station, A Voice From The Town, A Walgett Episode, An Answer To Various Bards, A Dream Of The Melbourne Cup, An Idyll Of Dandaloo, Anthony Considine, Any Other Time, A Bunch Of Roses, A Grain Of Desert Sand, All For Me Grog, As Long As Your Eyes Are Blue, Bandy Burke, Been There Before, Boots, Bottle Oh, Brumby's Run, By The Grey Gulf-Water, Camouflage, City Of Dreadful Thirst, Come-By-Chance, Conroy's Gap, Do They Know?, Father Riley's Horse,
Australia's 'bush poets' provide a rich, entertaining history of the development from settlement to nationhood for the 'Lucky Country'. In their verse newcomers, like me, quickly learn how the Aussie 'Can Do' culture was formed that has come to define the modern nation. Unlike the classic English poets such as Wordsworth, Keats and Shelley, Australia's bush poets are largely drawn from the grass roots (working class) of the new society telling their tales as entertainment for the new Australians.
Hugely popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries these bards are little known outside Australia, which is our loss? Through the publication of 'Australia's Bush Poets' as Kindle Editions I hope that you to will come to enjoy and share this 'Can Do' heritage. Here you'll find struggle, loss, pain and gritty reality mixed in with liberal helpings of Aussie humour; I leave it to you to make the pick.
Kindle is the ideal medium for 'Australia’s Bush Poets' as you can read these verses round a trail campfire at night or when sheltering from the blazing sun; best of all a Kindle will fit in your pocket while riding a droving horse, exactly the situation this poetry was designed for.