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The Gimbals of Unease

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This publication looks at the poetry of Francis Webb

Francis Webb has long been seen to be one of Australia's richest but most difficult authors.

Adopting a postcolonial perspective, Bill Ashcroft provides a means to understanding and appreciating Webb's poetry of tortured belie. 



  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Centre of gierceness: The vision of the artist
  • The tiny, not the immense: The poet as Catholic
  • The very gimbals of unease: The poet as schizophrenic
  • An outline of fullness: Language
  • The design of distance: The poet as explorer
  • The texture of place: Around Costessey
  • Realer than the real: Ward Two