Bruce Beaver

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Bruce Victor Beaver (Feb 14, 1928–Feb 17, 2004) was an Australian poet.

Bruce Beaver was born in Manly, New South Wales.[1] He worked at a number of jobs, as a cow farmer, in radio, as a wages clerk, a surveyor's labourer, fruit-picker, proof-reader and journalist, before deciding to write full-time. From 1958 to 1962, he lived in New Zealand and Norfolk Island.

Beaver wrote his first poem in response to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and continued to write even while working as a labourer. Thanks to his marriage, he was able to become a full-time writer. Even though he suffered from bipolar disorder, Beaver was able to continue being productive even close to his death in 2004.


  • Under the Bridge. (1961)
  • Letters to Live Poets. (1969)
  • Odes and Days. (South Head, 1975)
  • Death's Directives. (1978)
  • New and Selected Poems 1960-1990. (UQP, 1991) ISBN 0702223387
  • Headlands: Prose sketches. (QUP, 1986)
  • Anima and Other Poems. (UQP, 2004) ISBN 0702226122
  • The Long Game and Other Poems. (2005) ISBN 0702235091 review
  • Obituary
  • The Politics of Influence: Bruce Beaver's Letters to Live Poets by Robert Savage
  • References
    1. ^ Bruce Beaver (AustList Database) Accessed: January 21, 2004.
    NAME Beaver, Bruce Victor
    SHORT DESCRIPTION Australian poet
    DATE OF BIRTH Feb 14, 1928
    PLACE OF BIRTH Manly, New South Wales, Australia
    DATE OF DEATH Feb 17, 2004
    PLACE OF DEATH Australia


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