Need some accompaniment for a couple of songs I've written that appear in a play I've just written. Aim to record. The play is based on the poetry of John Forbes, one of the top four poets working in the 80s and 90s in Australia. Here's a bit of an essay I had published by Les Murray in Quadrant: 2018 will be the twentieth anniversary of the death of the Australian poet John Forbes. Perhaps, then, it's opportune to revisit his legacy. This was done, to some extent, with the publication of Ken Bolton's, homage to john forbes (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2002) which contains an essay by Ivor Indyk entitled, 'The awkward grace of John Forbes'. Intrigued by Indyk's titular oxymoron, I read it with a bit of head nodding in places, but ultimately with a sense of discomfort at the way Indyk was steering the essay towards what now appears to me to be an invalid conclusion, namely that awkwardness, as he perceives it, is a dominant stylistic feature of Forbes' poetry.