Rod Williams, Bush Poetry

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BACK TO BACK WINS WITH LEONARD TEALE MEMORIAL PERFORMANCE AWARD (COUNTRY ENERGY SPONSORED) AT HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL - GULGONG - JUNE LONG WEEKEND


I regard this back to back win as probably the most precious of any poetry Award I have won.
The poem I performed “The Shearers” is very dear to me and was written from many of my own and my mates experiences - with a knowledge of the past and as a tribute to and with respect for those thousands of shearers who faced extreme hardship and carried their swags through blistering heat or floods and bogs and to quote Henry Lawson:

“In stifling noons when his back was wrung by its load, and the air seemed dead,
And the water warmed in the bag that hung to his aching arm like lead.
Or in times of flood, when plains were seas and scrubs were cold and black,
He ploughed in mud to his trembling knees, and paid for his sins Out Back.”

I would also like to thank Country Energy for the beautiful Henry Lawson Bronze trophy and $1,000.00 prize.
Click here to read the poem I performed, “THE SHEARERS