John Tranter (1943–2023)

John Tranter published more than twenty collections of verse. His collection Urban Myths: 210 Poems: New and Selected (UQP, 2006), won a number of major prizes. His last two major publications were Starlight: 150 Poems (UQP, 2010) and Heart Starter (Puncher & Wattman, 2015)

He is the founding editor of the free Internet magazine Jacket (



MemoirA NEW MALE human being entered the universe a year ago, with one-eighth of his genetic material identical to my mother's and one-eighth identical to my father's. Those millions of delicate fragments of code, assembled around a hundred years...

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