When someone thinks of the Australian outback they are greeted with the warmth of red sand underfoot, the low murmur of cicadas in the summer with the belly laugh of the kookaburra. Somewhere a kangaroo grazes. You imagine sheep-shearing sheds, flannel shirts and tanned skin. Aussie Bush Poet is a collection of poems from someone who has long gone walkabout in the bush, not just in dreams but physically and mentally. Mixing vivid and emotional life experiences and stories with the rich and truly unforgettable Australian landscape, it gives a real feel of being amongst the eucalyptus and the burbling rivers.
John Bamford was raised in the small country-town of Meringur, up on the edge of the sunset desert and on the Murray River. He has been invited to the USA on numerous occasions by the International Society of Poets and now at age 51 has collected some of his favourite poems about his personal experiences into this collection.