Geoffrey Lehmann

Geoffrey Lehmann

Geoffrey Lehmann is a poet and a retired tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. His Poems 1957-2013 was the winner of the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Poetry in 2015.

Identity but Not as a Straitjacket

Identity but Not as a Straitjacket

Identity can enrich and also limit a writer’s repertoire. Who she is and where he comes from matter, but should not be an end in itself. In particular, works of art born out of identity politics may seem like significant artistic statements when they are made, but may quickly

Geoffrey Lehmann
Geoffrey Lehmann
Poetry
Where Did We Come From? An Astonishing Hypothesis

Where Did We Come From? An Astonishing Hypothesis

“Where did we come from?” Nick Lane’s The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution and the Origins of Complex Life tries to answer this question. He looks back to two moments in time: 1. When bacteria/archaea appeared on Earth about 4 billion years ago. 2. When complex life (eukaryotes) appeared

Geoffrey Lehmann
Geoffrey Lehmann
Hypothesis
Music and Language, Cultural Identity and Fame

Music and Language, Cultural Identity and Fame

In this essay I hope to cover all the topics above – an ambitious ask – and suggest why some great composers are forgotten and then revived. In particular there is the mystery of J. S. Bach. Why was Johann Sebastian highly regarded during his lifetime, but only as one good composer

Geoffrey Lehmann
Geoffrey Lehmann
Art and Culture