A.D. Hope, painted by Keith
Welcome to the ANU Poets Lunch.
The ANU Poets Lunch has been through three different incarnations
in the last thirty years.
The first generation of lunches began in the 1970s and
featured a select group of ANU-based Poets, some of them
world-famous. They were held at the ANU Staff Centre, and
the theme was wine. The poems were published in the wine
lists for the lunches. A selection of the poems from these
lunches, edited by Philip Grundy, is given here. It includes
poetry from some of the poets who made history for the art
form in the post-colonial age.
The second generation was organised by Giles Pickford and
Colin Plowman, and began in 1993 in a similar way, but soon
attracted a large range of poets from all over Canberra,
with a competitive selection process for the best submitted
poems. Most lunches had a theme, and some had a featured
poet. The venue was a marquee on the Staff Centre lawns
(rain permitting). When the Staff Centre closed, the lunch
moved to University House, sometimes inside, sometimes outside.
The poems for each lunch were published in a booklet. The
complete contents of each booklet appear on this site.
After the second generation lunches
ran out of steam (the last was in 2001), a small group decided
to continue on a more informal basis. After initial meetings
in the sculpture garden on the lawns near Old Canberra House
(the old Staff Centre building), they are how held in the
Molony Room at the ANU Emeritus Faculty. Each of these third
generation lunches has a theme, and the poems from each
have been published as a booklet by Boris
Books. The complete contents of each booklet appear
on this site.
Oscar Spate, renowned ANU Demographer was asked years ago whether so-and-so had published much. He replied that the person was well represented in the Library
of Hell. When asked what that is, he replied that The Library of Hell contains every unpublished work ever written. Since it takes an eternity to process new
accessions, only a limited selection appears here.
If you are an author represented in this collection please
feel free to contact us if something is wrong with the text.
We have striven tremendously to get it right and to get
publication consent. Some poets have asked us to correct
errors, or to substitute a later version, which has been
done. If there is anything wrong, don't sue: just help us
get it right by contacting the Poets' Lunch Coordinator