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W.A. POETS FROM THE PAST

 

His Poems
 

Debutante

Four or Five

How far

Lone    

News

Peace

 Secured  

Slight   

Short or Medium  

Song to a Star

 

"The Understudy" 

The Understudy's poems are found in "Verse and Worse", a column in the Perth Sunday Times.

The first appearance of "The Understudy" was on September 6th, 1903,  just the 2nd "Verse and Worse" column to appear.   "Verse and Worse" was the column created and run by E.G.(Dryblower) Murphy from 1903 until close to his death in 1939.

 

At the time of writing this (April 2011) I am trying to determine just who "The Understudy" was -  was it a single person?,  maybe several,  One possibility is that it was Murphy himself  writing under a pseudonym to give a different point of view or so as not to appear to be having exclusive use of the column or so as to have a 'scapegoat' when the poetry was non complimentary.  Another is that it was the Sunday Times sub-editor, Andree Hayward, himself a well recognised poet.  One reason for having "The Understudy" in Dryblower's column could be that Dryblower himself was "elsewhere" for he took many trips to the goldfields, particularly for the annual racing circuit.  Whatever the answer is,  "The Understudy"  has contributions in many "Verse and Worse" columns,  sometimes by himself, at others accompanying poems by Dryblower  

 

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