Vincent Buckley

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Vincent Buckley (1927–1988), an Australian poet, teacher, editor and critic, was born in Romsey, Victoria, and was educated at both the University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge.

He edited the magazine Prospect from 1958 to 1964, and, during this period, was also the poetry editor of the Bulletin, from 1961 until 1963.

Between 1967 and 1979, he lived for periods in Ireland, where he founded the Committee for Civil Rights.

He was the Lockie Fellow at the University of Melbourne from 1958 to 1960, and held a personal Chair in Poetry from 1967.


  • The World’s Flesh (1954)
  • Essays in Poetry: Mainly Australian (1957)
  • (ed.) Australian Poetry 1958 (1958)
  • Poetry and Morality (1959)
  • Henry Handel Richardson (1960)
  • Masters in Israel (1961)
  • (ed.) Eight by Eight (1963)
  • Arcady and Other Places (1966)
  • Poetry and the Sacred (1968)
  • Golden Builders: and Other Poems (1976)
  • Maundy Sunlight (1975)
  • Late Winter Child (1979)
  • The Pattern (1979)
  • Selected Poems (1981)
  • Cutting Green Hay: Friendships, Movements and Cultural Conflicts in Australia’s Great Decades (1983)
  • Memory Ireland: Insights into the Contemporary Irish Condition (1985)
  • Last Poems (1991)
  • (ed.) The Faber Book of Modern Australian Verse (1991)

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