Peter Nicholson was born in Waverley, New South Wales, and was educated at Armidale Teachers' College and Macquarie University. He lives and works in Sydney, a city whose temperament is reflected in much of his poetry. Apart from literature, his interests include opera, especially Wagner, art and cinema. Peter's first book, A Temporary Grace, was published in 1991. It contains his first two collections of poetry, At The Water's Edge and Views To A Bridge, as well as the poetic narrative Fast Forward. His second book, Such Sweet Thunder, published in 1994, comprises Shadow Of A Doubt, Prometheus and S.S. Snakebite. The latest work, A Dwelling Place, published in 1997, comprises Speech To A Mountain and New Affection, New Noise. See poems from 'A Dwelling Place' below: ICI REPOSE VINCENT van GOGH, Laurel and New Affection, New Noise.
Peter Nicholson is the author of:
Peter Nicholson is the author of:
- A Temporary Grace (1991)
- Such Sweet Thunder (1994)
- A Dwelling Place (1997)
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ICI REPOSEc Peter Nicholson (1997)
VINCENT van GOGH
Not here the slippage
Of motive, the bull market,
Dressage of cocktail and auction;
Neither the victory lap nor prize.
And yet, pushed out, vertiginous paint,
Cypress and flower spinning,
Nature's cusp stubbed on canvas,
A bandaged head staring with love,
And that alone, at each malignant defeat.
Ours is a tepid dreaming
With not even the courage of beauty.
We wish our Age of Noise
To be an almanac footnoted,
Its mug celebrities
Caught in silverfish pages,
But still we won't avoid
An empty room dimming our glamour.
Theories puffed, the boast
Of a thousand critical niceties,
Are shed in the fierce night,
One name cast
Near sulphurous soil,
Whose paintings keep,
For we who believe
Not in greatness, nor the strength of art,
In the space reserved for grace,
The sharktooth eye
Of a winnowing field
And yellow starlight shining.
Laurelc Peter Nicholson (1997)
Our dust sings
Round this pedestal
Of bone, glinting
At the precipice
Whose heart has plucked the mould
Of nervous perishings
For further sequences,
Seconds brushed like hairs.
Let scything spaces
Slice away our certainties
And pull to sadness
The blood's glitter.
We will ascend
That brutal step
And offer up our heads
For a touch of laurel
And the glories of a star.
New Affection, New Noisec Peter Nicholson (1997)
Departure, and empires end -
Hustler cruising trade
On Sunset Boulevard
Or Oxbridge don relaxed
Who loves the floating hymns;
Both have humoured sutras,
To transatlantic charm
As Arc de Triomphe's arch
Failed Moruroa's reef
Not coloured up at Giverny.
Whether they're believed or not,
Some mud sticks - cliches learnt
Are catalogued then praised.
But certainty diminishes,
Shed skins litter MoMA's floor;
Where I write, compose or paint
Is a still point of the turning world,
And all the dusty rhetoric
Of bowler hat or ticker tape
That wants things kept the way they are
Will fail if that is true.
New affection, new noise.
Le Monde or New York Times may praise
The margins on their better days;
Some see the whole circumference
And not just bits whose mapping edits
Hemisphere's false circumstance.
Sides of rusted sheds are loved
As much as sleek Manhattan
And speech that's barbed with nasal vowels
Knows its motive human.
We no longer justify
What we are by perishings
In a pouring island
Or need the well-clipped Luxembourg
To prove our roses foreign.
A flock of parrots fills the sky,
Shimmering in haze,
And near a parched, eroded hill
Stumps of wood prop up the gate -
Here is hope for future greening,
Crops renewed and gate rehung,
Spinning in the air.
Put beside those older books
Newer ones that glisten;
On their shining paddocks
See the centre broaden.
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