Almanac Poetry: Not Really ‘In Memoriam’


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Not Really ‘In Memoriam’


A well-known poet recently died.
Many of his poet-friends
are falling over each other to write
memorial pieces for inclusion
in newspapers, journals and magazines,
equally for self-promotion
as in his memory.


Me? I couldn’t stand the bastard.





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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 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. Spot on Kevin. Especially when a “celebrity” carks it.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you Dips – glad you can identify with this poem’s sentiment.

    Apparently Voltaire agreed with us, too: ‘We should be considerate to the living; to the dead we owe only the truth.’ I didn’t know the Voltaire quote, though, when I wrote my poem more than twenty years ago.

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