by George J. Dance

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

Life[edit | edit source]

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.[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]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Sediments of Seclusion. Armadale, Vic: Contempa Publications, 1973.
  • Australian Novemberies. Carlton, Vic: Paper Castle, 1978.

Translated[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Head of Vitus Bering: A portrait in prose. Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 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.
  • 3 Blind Mice (edited with Kris Hemensley & Robert Kenny). Westgarth, Vic: Rigmarole of the Hours / Ear in a Wheatfield / Paper Castle, 1977.

London: Atlas, 1986.

Edited[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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.

External links[edit | edit source]

Original Penny's Poetry Pages article, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0.
This is a signed article by User:George Dance. It may be edited for spelling errors or typos, but not for substantive content except by its author. If you have created a user name and verified your identity, provided you have set forth your credentials on your user page, you can add comments to the bottom of this article as peer review.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.