RARITIES, CLASSICS & BOOTLEGS
In his teens, Ross Donlon had poems published in The Bulletin, Australia’s iconic journal, and in 1965, the literary editor predicted ‘an exciting future’ for the young poet. Donlon’s next poem was published thirty-three years later. In a ‘second budding’ he has had many poems published across Australia and overseas and read at festivals both at home and in Europe. For the Record charts his journey as a poet over five decades, including the Bulletin poems, and the later dark and comic poems for which he has become well-known.
When it comes to poetry, quality and reader accessibility don’t go together as often as they might…But the appeal of Ross Donlon’s poems lies in the combination of technical skill with unusual lucidity. Donlon is interested in the many refined techniques of poetry but not at the expense of storytelling or straightforward emotion.
Kerryn Goldsworthy Sydney Morning Herald
Ross Donlon is Swiftian. He’s interested in society, in human relationships; even in the oft-neglected comic muse. Donlon plainly sees poetry as serious business, but he knows that humour and unashamed entertainment are also a key part of its appeal…One senses a poet delighting in being in his ‘element’, performing with excellent comic timing and relishing the laughter generated
Geoff Page The Australian
The Blue Dressing Gown is a poem that any of us would have loved to have written
Bruce Dawe The Australian