Fay Zwicky (1933–2017)


Fay Zwicky taught English and American literature at the University of Western Australia for many years. Her second collection of poetry, Kaddish and other poems (UQP, 1982), won the New South Wales Premier’s Poetry Award, and her later collections Ask Me (UQP, 1990) and The Gatekeeper’s Wife (Brandl & Schlesinger, 1997) received the Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award. 



PoetryNo sooner resolved neverto write another linethe habit of resolutionbeing so strong,the air turned suddenlysweet outside her window –the longed-for stirring slow-starthesitant splutter, first rain’srustling pitter over pear treeseucalypt and star-studded stephanotis,gripping her round the heartdeep into wakening dark...

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