Most poets leave words on paper as their gift. But some are inspirational figures, great reciters and believers in poetry as a social force.

Marion Halligan introduces us to Harry Jones, one such poet, a Welsh Australian who changed her life and others around her in 1950s Newcastle: ‘He was one of the great important people of my life…'.

Although Jones wrote often on love, sex and exile, Halligan shares two poems filled with quiet wisdom, one written expressly for her and never before published.

Marion Halligan AM is a much revered, Canberra-based author, with countless awards under her belt for books such as The Fog Garden and The Taste of Memory; her latest novel is Goodbye Sweetheart

Sources: Songs of a Mad Prince, Rupert Hart-Davis 1960; The Beast at the Door, Rupert Hart-Davis 1963

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