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Publisher: University of Queensland Press. Country: Australia. Date: 1970- .

Bicycle and other poems - Malouf (Paperback Poets/University of Queensland Press) (image)

Bicycle and other poems
by David Malouf
Brisbane, University of Queensland Press, 1970 (Paperback Poets, 1).
Paperback. 60 pages.


PAPERBACK POETS (UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND PRESS)
Series Note:

Australian poetry in paperback editions for sale at just $1 a book: this was the big idea behind the Paperback Poets series.

"UQP [the University of Queensland Press] was founded in 1948, and subsisted as a purely scholarly publisher until the 1960s. Its first movements into trade publishing were largely through poetry, originally published in hardback volumes before moving into paperback, a format considered both innovative and revolutionary at the time." (...)

The Australian poet and author David Malouf felt that a poetry series of "slim paperback volumes would give poetry a new mass market appeal". He spoke to UQP's general manager Frank Thompson and suggested the following format and price: "a paperback of 64 pages that would sell for one dollar". To Malouf's astonishment, Thompson agreed.
UQP published Malouf's Bicycle and Other Poems and volumes by poets Michael Dransfield and Rodney Hall as the first, second and third books in the Paperback Poets series. Selling in bookshops, these books "sold a remarkable 7,000 copies and generated those sales without school or university adoptions, and without any Commonwealth Literary Fund assistance, either."
-- Source: Publish or Perish? Re-imagining the University Press, by Sam Martin

"Malouf later described the series as 'one of the most brilliant publishing initiatives of the decade'. It established UQP's leading position in poetry publishing, with a new format for a new era. (...) UQP presented these new poetic voices in such a way that they became part of something larger, a cultural, social and economic phenomenon."

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Source: UQP Makes History: A Personal Version by Nicholas Jose

Further information about this series:
-- 70 Years of the University of Queensland Press
-- Poetry and Material Culture (The University of Queensland Press Archives/UQ Library/Fryer Folios/June 2011) - Deborah Jordan discusses the role of the UQP as a significant publisher of Australian poetry in the 1960s.


Serial Number / Title / Author / Year of Publication

1.
Bicycle and other poems
by David Malouf.
1970

2.
Streets of the long voyage
by
Michael Dransfield.
1970

3.
Heaven, in a way
by Rodney Hall
1970

4.
The cool change
by Andrew Taylor.
1971

5.
Two poets : The question [by] Geoff Page; Single eye [by] Philip Roberts.
1971

6.
The deer under the skin
by J. S. Harry.
1971

7.
Diver
by R.A. Simpson.
1972

8.
The inspector of tides
by Michael Dansfield.
1972

9.
The brineshrimp
by Rhyll McMaster.
1972

10.
Soft riots
by Richard Tipping.
1972

11.
Begin with walking
by Thomas W. Shapcott.
1972

12.
Slade's anatomy of the horse
by Leon Slade.
1972

13.
Hornpipes and funerals: forty-two poems and six odes of Horace
by David Lake.
1973

14.
Nu-plastik fanfare red, and other poems
by Judith Rodriguez
1973

15.
Ice fishing
by Andrew Taylor.
1973

16.
A soapbox omnibus
by Rodney Hall.
1973

17.
Signs & voices
by Manfred Jurgensen.
1973

18.
Condition red
by Vicki Viidikas.
1973

2nd Series

1.
Tactics
by Jennifer Maiden.
1974

2.
Wild honey
by Paul Kavanagh.
1974

3.
Creekwater journal
by Robert Gray.
1974

4.
Airship
by Roger McDonald.
1975

5.
Smalltown memorials
by Geoff Page.
1975

6.
Turn left at any time with care: poems
by Graeme Kinross Smith and Jamie Grant.
1975

7.
Believed dangerous : fifty eight poems
by Robin Thurston.
1975

8.
Immigrant chronicle
by Peter Skrzynecki.
1975

9.
Domestic hardcore
by Richard Tipping.
1975

10.
Will's dream
by Philip Roberts.
1975

11.
The other side of the fence
by Peter Kocan.
1975

12.
Poems from Murrumbeena
by R.A. Simpson.
1976

13.
Absence in strange countries
by Andrew McDonald.
1976

14.
New Devil, New Parish
by Alan Wearne
1976

15.
The sea-cucumber
by Martin Johnston.
1978

16.
Icelandic solitaries
by Alan Gould.
1978

17.
The departure
by
Kevin Hart
1978

18.
Remembering the rural life
by Gary Catalano.
1978





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