John Blight

John Blight (1913-1995). Courtesy PoemHunter.

John Blight (30 July 1913 - 1995) was an Australian poet.


Born in Unley, South Australia on 30 July 1913, Blight was educated at Brisbane State High School.[1] During the Great Depression he tramped the Queensland coast looking for work.[2] In 1939 he became an accountant in Bundaberg, Queensland, and after World War II a part-owner of timber mills in the Gympie region.

Blight wrote eight books of poetry between 1945 and 1985.He was mentored by Douglas Stewart, and was friends with Judith Wright. [3] He took up full-time writing in 1973.

He died in 1995.[4]

Recognition Edit

Awards won by Blight include: the 1964 Myer award (with A Beachcomber’s Diary winning for best Australian book of verse); the 1965 Dame Mary Gilmore Medal; the 1976 Patrick White Award for Selected Poems 1939-1975; the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 1984; and an order of merit for services to literature in 1987.[5]

Publications Edit

  • The Old Pianist: Poems. Sydney: Dymock's Book Arcade, 1945.
  • The Two Suns Met: Poems. Sydney: Lyre-Bird Writers / Commonwealth Literary Fund, 1954.
  • A Beachcomber's Diary: Ninety sea sonnets. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1963.
  • My Beachcombing Days : Ninety sea sonnets. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1968.
  • Hart: Poems. Melbourne: Nelson, 1975.
  • Selected Poems, 1939-1975. Melbourne: Nelson, 1976.
  • Pageantry for a Lost Empire. West Melbourne, Vic: Nelson, 1978.
  • The New City Poems. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1980.
  • Holiday Sea Sonnets. St. Lucia, Qld, & New York: University of Queensland Press, 1985.
  • Selected Poems 1939-1990. St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1992.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Australian Verse: An Illustrated Treasury, edited by Beatrice Davis, State Library of New South Wales Press, 1996
  2. Australian Poets and their Works, by William Wilde, Oxford University Press, 1996
  3. Stephany Steggall, Formatted abstract, "John Blight and community" (thesis), University of Queensland,, Web, Feb. 28, 2012.
  4. Online biographical material and sample 14-line poem, from
  5. Author: John Blight, University of Queensland Press. Web, May 5, 2014.
  6. Search results = au:John Blight, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 5, 2014.

External linksEdit

  • John Blight in the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature.
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