Vincent Buckley

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Vincent Thomas Buckley (1925–1988) was an Australian poet, teacher, editor, essayist and critic.


He was born in 1925 in Romsey, Victoria and was educated at the University of Melbourne and St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. He died in Melbourne in 1988.[1][2]

Buckley edited the magazine, Prospect, from 1958 to 1964, and, during this period, was also the poetry editor of the Bulletin from 1961 until 1963. Between 1967 and 1979, he lived for periods in Ireland where he founded the Committee for Civil Rights.

He was the Lockie Fellow at the University of Melbourne from 1958 to 1960 and, in 1967, he held a personal Chair in Poetry. He was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award in 1982.

In 1992 The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize was established in his honour to promote connections between Australian and Irish poets and poetry.[3]

Themes and subject matter[edit]

His subject matter ranged from the personal to the political, with a particular interest in Irish politics, culture and history. Buckley was also heavily involved in Catholic intellectual debate during the period of the Cold War and the emergence in Australia of the DLP.[4]

His critical writing includes volumes on poetry, the novelist Henry Handel Richardson, and Leonard French's Campion paintings.[4]


  • The World’s Flesh (1954)
  • Essays in Poetry: Mainly Australian (1957)
  • (ed.) Australian Poetry 1958 (1958)
  • Poetry and Morality (1959)
  • Henry Handel Richardson (1960)
  • Masters in Israel (1961)
  • (ed.) Eight by Eight (1963)
  • Arcady and Other Places (1966)
  • Poetry and the Sacred (1968)
  • Golden Builders: and Other Poems (1976)
  • Maundy Sunlight (1975)
  • Late Winter Child (1979)
  • The Pattern (1979)
  • Selected Poems (1981)
  • Buckley, Vincent (1983). Cutting green hay : friendships, movements and cultural conflicts in Australia’s great decades. Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin Books. 
  • Memory Ireland: Insights into the Contemporary Irish Condition (1985)
  • Last Poems (1991)
  • (ed.) The Faber Book of Modern Australian Verse (1991)
  • Vincent Buckley: Collected Poems (2009)


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