Other Poets

Other Poets 

Sometimes on this site we feature poems by poets about whom very little is known, who published very little work, or who otherwise don't need a full article on this site.  This section provides a brief guide to some of those poets.  

(1) 'Vileyse' 

'Vileyse' was the pen name of a writer who contributed 8 or 9 articles to 'The Queenslander' in 1883, 5 of which were poems. From the text of the poems, we can conclude that the writer was a male, probably born in the UK, who seems to have been crossed in love. Two poems are republished on this site:  Redcliffe: Humpy Bong  and A Queensland Summer Night .  Both poems are early explorations of the local landscape, which suffer from a tendency to wander from the subject matter and to compare it to better known places or images. 'A Queensland Summer Night' was considered good enough to be anthologised in Stable and Kirwood's A Book of Queensland Verse, in 1924. 

(2) Lucille M. Quinlan

So far as I can tell, Lucille Quinlan only published two poems in a life of more than 90 years. She was born Mary Lucille Bloink in Victoria in 1901. She is one of the few poets on this site to have had the advantage of a university education, graduating with a first class degree in French in the early 1920s. She seems to have been interested in literature from an early age and published a number of freelance prose pieces in the late 1920s. Lucille married and relocated to North Queensland, where she and her husband worked for a while on Victor Kennedy's magazine Northern Affairs. She continued in North Queensland for a time, serving for a while as secretary for the local Campaign for the Abolition of Poverty. By the 1950s, she was in Bendigo and leading a campaign against the pasteurisation of milk. She published some local history books and children's literature in the 1960s, and was still apparently hale and active in the early 1990s. 

Of the two poems she published, one, North Queensland Lullabydeveloped a life of its own. It was anthologised at least twice, and set to music in the early 1950s. With the exception of one word, it is an almost perfect piece of its type.