Writings: Poetry

As RDA’s poetry is distributed among many books and unpublished works, here is an alphabetical list of his poems (gradually accumulating, now at 51). A reference is provided to the volume in which each poem appears (see Writings for full volume pdfs), but a direct pdf of each poem is also provided.

  • “After decades rife with science strife…” [with peeking cricket drawing]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “After Two Months At Blackburn”  (in Club 48[PDF]
  • “The ancient profs who never die…”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “At any given time between five and ten…”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Aubrey Hart – Museum Shop Man”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Bluey Morgan’s Mate” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Brumby”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Bushflies”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Butcher Bird and His Wife” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Charles Walker – Professor of Frogs’ Lives”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Claude Hibbard – Hibbie – Fossil Man”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “The Coober Pedy Pub” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Dingo”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The East Pasture”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Edwin Mackey”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Eternity for any man…”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Evolution of Sterile Castes in the Social Insects: Kin Selection or Parental Manipulation?”  (an academically peer-reviewed scientific statement in poetic form (!) in The Florida Entomologist vol. 57 issue 1 (1974), p.32.) [PDF]
  • “Generation Gap – The Worth of Experience”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “How can I leave thee?…” [Ode to Blackburn]  (in Club 48[PDF]
  • “I stopped beside the great osage corner post…”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Illinois Farmer”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “In an untended graveyard in central Illinois…” [Ode to Big Bluestem, with background story]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “In the Outback”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “It is surely time for the adaptive structures…”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Janba’s Deed” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Karrie Tree Limerick”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Kumarina Pub” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Kybe Hartweg – Curator of Reptiles”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Lifetimes Are Not Measured In Years”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “The Lion’s Den” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Major was a bay road horse…”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Memory of memory…”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “The New Chum and the Desert Water Bag” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “New Museum Folk Song”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “The Old Bloke” [song, original from 1968: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Old Bloke (reprise: 1998)” [song: with background story, lyrics, and melody line]  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Old Tom the Townsville saddler…”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Only the Trees”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Out of the Heart of an Old Farmer”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “A Place for Sam” [with drawing]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “The Publican at Eromanga”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Reality and the Human Social Enterprise”  (unpublished) [PDF]
  • “The Red Spearhead”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Reverse Reciprocity” [in memoriam William D. Hamilton, with background story]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Some Later Australian Opinions”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Song and Story of The Clarksburg Cat” [with background story]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “The Trees in My Woods”  (unpublished) [PDF]
  • “Tom Groomes”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “University Administrations” [for Billy E. Frye]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “A Valley in New South Wales”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “Wally’s eyes were an umber sparkle…”  [the subject of this poem was painted by RDA, and is the book’s cover image] (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]

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