Australian poet Dennis Thomas was born on February 5, 1951 in Tumbarumba in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. Since 1970 he has lived in Canberra.
Dennis began writing in 1990, while in a stormy relationship that prompted extensive spiritual self examination. The relationship ended, but Dennis’ poetry writing career was underway. At about this time, Dennis started going to the now legendary “Rescuing Beached Mondays” weekly poetry happenings at Kimbos Wine Bar.
In more recent years, Dennis has had a number of poems published individually, including in the Fellowship of Australian Writers anthology, Diverse Roads, The Poet’s Lunch collection and in The Lost Words. The Patterns of the Inner Sea and The Master Painter of All our Dreams are his first two books.
Dennis works as a Sales Executive, but he endeavours to maintain the discipline of writing poetry three times a week. He has traveled to India; and this has influenced
his poetry, along with his interests in ancient Indian, Chinese and Tibetan mysticism.
Dennis interprets in a fresh way the lessons of Blake, Shelley, Keats, and others, with an understanding that the pantheon is a living, breathing, shaking thing; and among others, the musical greats of the 60s, Bob Dylan, Donovan, and Jim Morrison have had a major influence on his work. Dennis is a great believer in meditation, stillness of the mind, and achieving greatness by being in the void. He is presently working on his third book.
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