"Meet the Poets"

UMA Unit 36 2005.0004.00343

Meanjin started with poetry in 1940 and has always been an important part of the magazine’s offering. Clem Chritesen, editor for 34 years, was a meticulous record keeper and the archive attests to this. Apart from files on all the individual contributors, he also kept cuttings and lists of the literary scene. We can see a list of Meanjin poets, but also a list of living Australian poets, which would have important to keep abreast of possible contributors, particularly before the days of the internet. We are lucky to have such a well organised and comprehensive record of this important vehicle of literature and thought in Australia.