Almanac Life: What I Did Last Summer … And The Summer Before … And The Summer Before …


Dog Days Of Summer, Featuring Miss Oreo. (Wikimedia Commons.)


What I Did Last Summer … And The Summer Before … And The Summer Before …


Ah yes … summer … in particular, this time of the season … maybe not quite the ‘dog days’, but close enough … the question is what to do after the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day convivialities are over … as a writer, I have a personal tradition of making a point of reading something I should have read, but haven’t – from approximately the 27th December through to New Year’s Day … that is, during those balmy, indolent days of the year where nothing much seems to be happening … in the past, I’ve read Eliot’s Four Quartets, Melville’s Bartleby, Plath’s Complete Poems, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Wallace’s Stevens’ whatever … you get the picture … not sure what I’ll read this year …


Anyone have a similar summer thing?




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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Kevin ironically what you have read I intend to do ! After writing a book I now have far more compassion to fellow book writers – tend to get more invites to book launches as well so they’re are 4 books I have bought and haven’t started yet I plan to get in to and I also am firm on my opinion we as fellow writers on the almanac site should read,comment and promote articles when ever we can something I have been slack as of as late
    thanks Kevin

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, for your comments, Rulebook. Excellent to hear from you!

    Of course, I agree with your sentiments entirely.

  3. Have had the same tradition for decades KD. Force myself to stop reading journalism & essays & read a few novels.
    These days I mute the cricket on TV; put on music and have got through 4 books. 2 Le Carre; one Garry Disher and now (whispers) Paul Daley’s “Collingwood: A Love Story”. It’s terrific – but don’t tell anyone – it gives you uncomfortable admiration for Collingwood. I tell myself it’s a great social history of Victoria – same as the Penthouse magazines are essential human biology study.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Great stuff, PB – except for the bit about Collingwood! (Ha!)

    And the Penthouse stuff has a strong social history dimension, too, of course!

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