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03 September 2017


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The moral of Ern Malley: if you're good, don't fake being bad because you might become famous for it.

That doesn't sound so bad.

It's worth noting here that James McAuley and Harold Stewart, who perpetrated the hoax in 1944, were both officers in the Army Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs which, not long after, was to become the Australian School of Pacific Administration, ASOPA - KJ

You guys should read up on the Ern Malley affair in Australia.

A couple of writers pulled chunks of text out of books and other sources like army manuals and advertisements, arranged them in poetic form and sent them off to a literary magazine which raved about them.

Check out Max Harris, he was the poor dupe in the whole affair.

I reckon poetry should be a subliminal art as well, a tad cryptic I might say. That's what makes it interesting.

I'm sure this poem has some hidden meaning but it is beyond me. Something about death surely or rather of mortality our faith or belief in the afterlife.

"what we forfeit at the cemetery,
we must fashion in the monastery."

Intriguing and some pretty highbrow English.

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