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As RDA’s poetry is distributed among many books and unpublished works, here is an alphabetical list of his poems (gradually accumulating, now at 73). 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.

  • “About the Social Contract” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “After decades rife with science strife…” [with peeking cricket drawing]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]. [RDA also produced bookmarks with this poem and image, which were distributed with his books when gifted privately or ordered from Woodlane Farm: PDF (of bookmark)]
  • “After Two Months At Blackburn”  (in Club 48[PDF]
  • “The ancient profs who never die…”  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “And the Dreamingest of Times” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [with three illustrations] [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]
  • “A Common Sort of Man I Know” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [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]
  • “A Good Poem” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [Actually two poems meant to appear together, both on the topic of the definition of poetry; earlier versions have only the first under this title, and the second is called “Of Dawns and Decadence”. Followed by two dictionary definitions which likewise appear meant to be associated with the poem. Followed by “Music for the Soul” on the same topic.] [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]
  • “Injustice” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [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]
  • “Life Effort” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [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]
  • “The Meaning of a Man” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [with backstory and a quotation] [PDF]
  • “Memory of memory…”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Motivation” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Moving Softly Through the Village” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Music for the Soul” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [follows the two-part “A Good Poem” with which it is associated and deals with the same topic of the definition of poetry.] [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]
  • “Of Dawns and Decadence” [see “A Good Poem”]
  • “Okefenokee” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [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]
  • “The Old Man beside Me on the Bus in Montreal” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Old Tom the Townsville saddler…”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “On a May Day” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Only the Trees”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “Out of the Heart of an Old Farmer”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “A Part of the Hunting” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “A Place for Sam” [with drawing]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “The Publican at Eromanga”  (in White Man’s Fire) [PDF]
  • “The Rabbit’s Heart” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [a prose poem] [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]
  • “Something About an Old Man” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Something Almost” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “The Song and Story of The Clarksburg Cat” [with background story]  (in Notes on the Faculty) [PDF]
  • “Tiny Moth” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “To a Life Mate” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [to his wife Lorrie; the book is likewise dedicated to her] [PDF]
  • “Today an Old Lady” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]
  • “Tom Groomes”  (in Pop’s Story) [PDF]
  • “The Trees in My Woods”  (unpublished) [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]
  • “Winter: A Point of View” (in The Mockingbird’s River Song) [PDF]

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