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Gavin Greenlees

Gavin Greenlees (15 April 1930 – 5 December 1983) was an Australian poet. He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, but later spent most of his time in Sydney, where he became known as a bohemian figure.

LifeEdit

As early as 1943, Greenlees had poems published in the periodical Pertinent. He won three successive poetry competitions sponsored by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and his poems later were widely published, notably in the 'Australian Weekend Book'. He experimented with Surrealism and studied Freud, Lautreamont, Rimbaud and James Joyce for several years. In 1949 he began studying Jung, Dostoyevsky and Ouspensky[1] and the works of Aleister Crowley and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Greenlees became the lover of the artist Rosaleen Norton, almost thirteen years his senior, and they published together The Art of Rosaleen Norton.[2] The sexually explicit nature of some of the artwork, led to the publisher being charged with producing an obscene publication, and continued distribution within Australia was only permitted if some of the offending images were obliterated with black ink. U.S.A. customs officers burned imported copies.

From 1955 onwards, Greenlees had many prolonged admissions to psychiatric hospitals in Sydney suffering from hallucinations and paranoia,[3] possibly made worse by his regular use of drugs including amphetamines and LSD. He died in 1983.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The Art of Rosaleen Norton with poems by Gavin Greenlees. Edited: Walter Glover, Sydney. 1952. 2nd edition: Walter Glover, Bondi Beach. 1982. ISBN 0-9593077-0-2. (From the back cover flap)
  2. ^ The Art of Rosaleen Norton with poems by Gavin Greenlees. Edited: Walter Glover, Sydney. 1952.
  3. ^ Pan's Daughter: The Strange World of Rosaleen Norton, pp. 88-89. Nevill Drury. Collins Australia. 1988. ISBN 0-7322-0000-8.

ReferencesEdit

  • Pan's Daughter: The Strange World of Rosaleen Norton. Nevill Drury. Collins Australia. 1988. ISBN 0-7322-0000-8 (and second edition: Pan's Daughter: The Magical World of Rosaleen Norton. Nevill Drury Mandrake 1993 ISBN 1-869928-31-8)
  • The Art of Rosaleen Norton with poems by Gavin Greenlees. Edited: Walter Glover, Sydney. 1952. 2nd edition: Walter Glover, Bondi Beach. 1982. ISBN 0-9593077-0-2.
  • Supplement to: The Art of Rosaleen Norton (1982 Edition) with poems by Gavin Greenlees. Walter Glover, Bondi Beach, N.S.W. 1984. ISBN 0-9593077-1-0.