Ern Malley: The Poet Who Never Lived but Who Lives On…

How two 1940s conservative Australian poets tried to mock modernism by submitting the works of fake poet Ern Malley to the Angry Penguins literary magazine. When the truth emerged, the magazine’s editor was pilloried — and the fake poet became a star. —Ern Malley: The Poet Who Never Lived but Who Lives On… (ErnMaley.com)

Here’s a sample, from “Night Piece

Among the water-lilies
A splash — white foam in the dark!
And you lay sobbing then
Upon my trembling intuitive arm.

Via Jill “txt” Walker, whose uncle was one of the perpetrators of the hoax — that is, if Jill is to be believed :) .