Monday, February 21, 2011

Poetry of Ernest G. Moll

I recently had occasion to read three collections of poetry by Ernest G. Moll (1900-1997), an Australian poet who taught for many years at the University of Oregon after obtaining degrees from Harvard. For a good introduction to his work, I suggest the following books:

Cut from Mulga (1940) won the Australian book of the year and is representative of his earlier work.

The Road to Cactus-Land (1971) provides a good look at his more rural rustic poetry.

The Well and the Star (1983), which includes a number of delicate, tender poems of recollection and appreciation of his late wife.

For a summary of his career see this site. Note that some other web sites give a date of 1993 for his death. This is incorrect.