by George J. Dance

Walter Billeter (born 1943) is an Australian poet.[1]


Billeter was born in Sierre, Switzerland.[1] He was trained as a draftsman in Basel, where he first began to publish poetry. He co-founded a Literary magazine, Sphaira, which published 1962-1964.</small>[2]

Billeter emigrated to Australia in 1966.[1]. He settled in Sydney, where he worked as a draftsman, and began contributing to Australian magazines. He published his only collection of poetry in 1973.[2] In 1974 he and John Jenkins founded the literary magazine etymspheres. In 1977 he edited the anthology 3 Blind Mice with Kris Hemensley and Robert Kenney.[1]

Besides his own poetry, Billeter has translatied the German poems of Konrad Bayer and Paul Celan.[1]



  • Sediments of Seclusion. Armadale, Vic: Contempa Publications, 1973.
  • 3 Blind Mice (by Kris Hemensley, Walter Billeter, & Robert Kenny). Westgarth, Vic: Rigmarole of the Hours / Ear in a Wheatfield / Paper Castle, 1977.
  • Australian Novemberies. Carlton, Vic: Paper Castle, 1978.


  • The Head of Vitus Bering: A portrait in prose. Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1979.


  • Paul Celan, Breath Crystals [Atemkristal]. Paris: Brunidor, 1965; Ivanhoe, Vic: Ragman, 1973.
  • Gerald Bisinger, 7 New Poems [7 neue Gedichte]. Thornhill, Southampton, UK: Stingy Artist, 1979.
  • Konrad Bayer, The Philosopher's Stone. Westgarth, Vic: Merri Creek / Nero, 1979.
    • also published in Konrad Bayer, Selected Works (edited by Malcolm Green). London: Atlas, 1986.


  • Sphaira (magazine). 1962-1964.
  • etymspheres: The journal from the Paper Castle (magazine). Carlton, Vic: 1973-

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Walter Billeter," Oxford Companion to Australian Literature,, Web, Mar. 3, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Walter Billeter (1943- ), Australian Poetry Library, Web, Mar. 3, 2012.
  3. Search results = au:Walter Billeter, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 3, 2014.

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