The Australian Book Review poetry prize is upon us again and it’s worth mentioning that the ABR editor Peter Rose, a poet himself, has named the prize the Peter Porter Poetry Award. Peter Porter, a quiet and characteristically modest man, would never have claimed to have the gift of that most abundantly talented poet Les Murray who dedicated his poems ad majorem dei gloriam (to the greater glory of God) as if he were reaching out for a dedicatee equal to his own splendour.
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