FiTZROY: The Biography
Pi-o grew up in "the Narrows" of Fitzroy and in-and-on that "tainted corner" along that "terrible mile" known thru out Australia as Gertrude St. and Brunswick St opposite the Champion and Rob Roy Hotels. this is a poetryof place (and of, a place), from the perspective of one who grew up there -- not by a tour guide, a oncer, do-gooder, academic, apologist, blow-hard, or for that matter a blow in, but by one whose co-ordinates have always been (0 , 0). Ther are over 400 portraits of some of the most important people in Australia -- from prime ministers, saints, poets, priests, gangsters, adventurers, sculptors, murderers, and industrialists, as well as of those who may not otherwise have ever, seen the light of day again. a poetry of people, not property prices! With all the biographies merging with thatof the the poet's own autobiography or biography and visa versa. This is a new kind of history, in a new & old kind of poetry, in a new era. A mammoth achievement in the annals of Australian literature -- the author.
Pi-o bprn 1951. Raised: fitzroy. employed as a survey draughtsman, now retired, ow living in preston. edited a variety of magazines: fitzrot, "925", Unusual Work. books of poetry include: fitzroy brothel, street singe, panash, the fitzroy poems, 24 hours, the number boems, big numbers (new and selected). anthologies edited include: missing forms (with peter murphey and alex selenietch), and off the record. has toured the usa 1985, colombia 1997, germany 2003, thailand 2004 & 5. a founding member of the poet's union, and performance poetry in australia. he's a beautiful man. -- the author.