Rachel's Blog: RIP Dorothy Porter

Wed, 10 Dec 2008
Australian poet Dorothy Porter died in Melbourne this morning from complications due to cancer. She was 54.

The writer is best known for The Monkey's Mask, a crime thriller in verse about a lesbian detective that was published in 1994 and won the Age Poetry Book of the Year in the same year.

My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Comment by Yvette Holt on Wed, 10 Dec 2008

Dorothy Porter was a rare, gifted, kind and extraordinarily talented human being. I have enjoyed her poetry for many, many years, and was thrilled to have finally met her at the Word Storm Writers' Festival in Darwin 2008. We immediatley exchanged copies of our collected poetry; though I only had the one recent publication to offer Dorothy; she generously autographed her 'vintage collections' from earlier works - then e-mailed me several months later with warm generous comments on my collection. I will treasure those books always, and remember Dorothy for the beautiful person that she was. . . . it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are - until the poem - nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt. Audre Lorde