Letter from John Foulcher to Editor

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Dear Editor
My name is John Foulcher, renowned Australian poet. I have recently been surfing the World Wide Web and by accident I come up with your site, "Online Anthology of Australian Poets". The subject matter of poetry attracted me to wonder around your website.

I believe my poetry should be included in your collection for I have lived and breathed Australian culture for just over 50 years now, I have recorded my way of life in my poems, and in particular I have a specific poem to refer to you, that is of my own and two others (also of my own work) that I think are you should seriously consider having in your collection.

The first poem I think you should consider in adding to your list of poems is "For the Fire", this poem was about the time I went in to the forest to get some lumber, and during my time there I noticed some of natures creations around me, like the kookaburra and wind that swerved in and out of the trees etc. The purpose of the poem was to express my interests of nature and how I felt and what I experienced when I was in the woods at that time. There's also that life and death aspect in this poem, in which the bird has the lizard in his mouth and also by the word "fire". The use of alliteration, tone, mood, theme and other elements that construct a well balanced poem are in this piece of literature. In the first stanza the sentence, "it's a singular, human thud", this line creates a picture in the mind that there's feel of isolation and lonesomeness, and as it goes on the theme of nature reveals itself even more eg "only the wind through the sparse leaves". There is alliteration in the stanzas of 3 and 6 "blade beak" and claws clutching". This poem also has a rhythm to it; the stanzas are not constructed in that unbalanced way in which it's hard to keep flowing feel to the literature.

The second poem is "Bradman's last Innings"; it is a little momentum to the great Sir Donald Bradman and his effect on...
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