Of Human Experience: The life and poetry of Peter Skrzynecki

Author: Lorne Johnson (editor), Publisher: Boraga Academic

Of Human Experience celebrates the life and work of distinguished Australian poet and memoirist Peter Skrzynecki OAM. Peter’s evocative writing is cherished by generations of Australians. His poetry continues to be studied by students in secondary education.

This volume of essays, from contributors Martin Duwell, Helen Koukoutsis, Kathryn Burns, Jim Kable, Frank Davidson, Narelle Nightscales, Geoff Cains, Marianna Lacek, Leonie Powrie and Elspeth Maddocks, sheds fresh, rich light on many aspects of Peter’s work including his early poetry, his time spent in the New England area of New South Wales, the constantly reprinted poetry collection Immigrant Chronicle, his Polish-Ukrainian heritage and the translation of his work from English to Polish. The book closes with a wide-ranging interview with Peter, conducted by editor Lorne Johnson at Peter’s Sydney home, mid-2018.

Of Human Experience is a publication for the student, teacher, poetry devotee and everyday reader.


  • Foreword – Lorne Johnson
  • Peter Skrzynecki – Geoffrey Cains
  • Blood from a Stone: a poet’s coming of age in a landscape far from home – Kathryn Burns
  • Peter Skrzynecki in Judith Wright’s New England – Frank Davidson
  • A Mirror to Cultural Diversity within the Australian Landscape – Peter Skrzynecki – Jim Kable
  • Celebrating Skrzynecki – Leonie Powrie
  • Interior Landscapes: The Early Poetry of Peter Skrzynecki – Martin Duwell
  • Birds of Passage – Teaching Peter Skrzynecki’s Poetry to High School Students – Narelle Nightscales
  • On Teaching Peter Skrzynecki’s Old/New World – Elspeth Maddocks
  • Not to be ‘denied the excitement of a birth’: The pleasures of ordinary everyday (first) experience in Peter Skrzynecki’s poetry – Helen Koutoutsis
  • How I Became Peter Skrzynecki’s Translator – Marianna Lacek
  • An Interview with Peter Skrzynecki &ndashl Lorne Johnson
  • Contributors
More Information
Edition 1st
Date of Publication 2019
ISBN 9781760322588