Readings from the book, published by Allen & Unwin, will be broadcast on ABC Radio National next month.
dr Clarke blames British academics for “this orchestrated program against Australia”, possibly with the help of MI5 and the CIA.
He said his revelations were the literary equivalent of recovering the ashes on English soil.
His work, The Complete Book of Australian Versesincludes works by previously unknown poets such as Rabbi Burns, Arnold Wordsworth, Warren Keats, Emmy-Lou Dickinson, Walter Burley Yeats, Kahlihliji Bran, TS (Tabby Serious) Eliot, Sir Don Betjeman, WH Auding, Louis “The Lip” MacNeice , Dylan Thompson and Sylvia Blath.
dr Clarke said some authors are related to better known international poets with similar names. Ewen Coleridge, an Annandale plumber who lived with Arnold Wordsworth, is not represented because his works, which he often wrote while undergoing one of the early methadone treatments, were lost. However, said Dr. Clarke, it is likely that some of Ewen’s work appeared under the name of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who smoked opium and wrote The rime of the old sailor.
Arnold Wordsworth, who is believed to have written by now daffodils and most of the works usually attributed to William Wordsworth are represented by Lines that pass about halfway across the Pyrmont Bridge:
The earth has nothing more beautiful to show
Soft would he of Swede, a pound unsaturated,
Who would voluntarily renounce such a view,
For behold, the sparrow breaks from its wind,
And this whole joint doesn’t look too fishy
Stand back, because if she goes, she fucking goes.
dr Clarke pointed out that the works of writers like Chaucer and Shakespeare would not be questioned as white writers had only been in Australia for 200 years and blacks had no written culture.
And yet, near Stratford, near Horsham, Victoria, fragments of a work by a Trevor Shakespeare had been found which began with the words: ‘Is there any sense in my comparing you to an absolute scorcher? “
Why did Australians become the world’s greatest writers?
“The depth and richness of Australian culture, the intelligence and imagination of Australian writing – and possibly the drink.”
Why would the Australian revolution end with poetry? What about novels and dramas?
“Of course. The history of Australian theater is littered with plays cobbled together by lesser people like Chekhov and Ibsen and other scammers from countries like Scandinavia, where nothing can be verified, and Russia. Who knows what’s going on there?
‘We found this guy named Gavin Tolstoy somewhere up in Darwin. He wrote 87 tons in one book alone. Four container trucks bring it from Darwin. It puts war and peace in the shadow.”
*John Clarke says he did his PhD in Leipzig and recently worked in Bond University’s Department of Negative Gearing and on his own agrarian reform project. He is also known as Fred Dagg, comedian.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/from-the-archives-1989-forget-the-bard-it-s-true-blue-trevor-20220720-p5b34t.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national_nsw Forget the bard, it’s trusty Trevor