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List of Australian Poets: Don Maynard

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Don Maynard

Donald (Don) Pemberton Maynard (born 19 June 1937) Don Maynard is a contemporary Australian poet. (Photo)

Born Donald Pemberton Maynard 19 June 1937 Rockhampton Queensland Australia Occupation Poet, Editor Pianist Nationality Australian


Life Works References External Links


Maynard was born in Rockhampton, Queensland and in 1946 moved to Brisbane where he was educated at Windsor State School, (previously Bowen Bridge school) where his great-grandfather a noted educationalist had been headmaster, (1) then Brisbane Grammar School, and graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts. He was a resident master at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, before joining the editorial staff of a prominent Melbourne Publisher.

Despite the dark curtain of homophobia in 1950s Australia, Maynard openly dealt with homoerotic material in his poem ‘Athlete’, The Bulletin, (26 August 1959): 57 and in a short story, ‘Conversations’, Westerly, 3, (1959): 11-14. (2)

Whilst working with the British Council in London, Maynard read his poetry at the Festival of Commonwealth Poetry at the Royal Court Theatre in 1966 and also at several Sydney Mardi Gras poetry readings. Working in Papua New Guinea (1970s) as head of the Literature Bureau, he was founding editor of New Guinea Writing. He was an advisory editor to Overland and contributing editor to Aspect. Maynard received an Australia Council Senior Writers’ Fellowship in 1978. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies such as: Verse in Australia (1961), Australian Poetry (1964), Modern Australian Verse (1964), Australian Poetry Now (1970), The Penguin Book of Australian Verse (1972), New Guinea Images in Australian Literature (1982), Edge City (1983), Split Lips (1986), Love and Death (1987), Made in Australia (1990), Pink Ink (1991), Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing (1993), Australian Poetry Today (1994), and Little Book of Cats (2009). (2,3). Maynard, a pianist since boyhood, now gives biannual public classical (Mostly Mozart) music performances on a 100-year-old Steck grand piano. (4)

Works • Four Poets, David Malouf, Don Maynard, Judith Green, Rodney Hall, (Melbourne, Cheshire, 1962). • Fragment of the God: Poems, (Port Moresby: Papua Pocket Poets, 1971). • The Jungle of Sentiment: Selected Poems 1958 – 2018, (unpublished MS).

References (1) Browne, Spencer, in: A Journalist’s Memories (Read Press Ltd., Brisbane, 1927, p.220). (2) Hurley, Michael, in: A Guide to Gay and Lesbian Writing in Australia (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1996, p.173). (3) Don Maynard, in: AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource. (http://www.austlit.edu.au). (4) Catholic Aged Care, The Sister Anne Court and Gertrude Abbott Nursing Home Auditorium, (Surry Hills NSW 2010).

External Links

• Extracts from New Guinea section (Literature Bureau; Published Series: About Papua Pocket Poets), Athabasca University, Canada. http://www.png.athabasca.ca • 5 poems; new and selected poems 1999, by Don Maynard, Gangan Books, (Australia); edited by Gerald Ganglbauer, http://www.gangan.com

(Written by his brother, Graham Maynard graham-maynard@bigpond.com)

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