Destiny Wood Jas H Duke Experimental Concrete Dada Poetry Artist Book
Limited/Signed edition of 250 copies. A very scarce and collectable book. He worked much of his life in Melbourne Board of Works and began writing poetry in 1966. He was influenced by Dada. He writes I started performing poems as a timid person with a stutter but the spirit of the times soon converted me into a bellowing bull. During the 1960s he travelled to the UK. And Europe and participated in the underground publishing and filmmaking scenes in Brighton. Returning to Australia in 1972 he worked as a draughtsman and continued publishing and performing, writing a novel about his travels entitled Destiny Wood. Duke's writings included translations of French and Eastern European Modernist poets but he is best remembered for his sound poems. Describes his work as "the voice played like a human saxophone". His collected poems are published by Collective Effort press.
In Melbourne as Poems of War and Peace. He died 19 June 1992.