Robyn Ravlich is a poet and executive producer of the Radiophonic Unit of ABC Radio National in Australia. The three poems are from ‘Songs for Salome’, published in her collection of poems, The Black Abacus (1971). Each describes different aspects of women and love. Reckless Blues begins with text lines from a Bessie Smith song, and musically, draws on blues idiomatic sounds; Elegy for Judy Garland borrows from the laid-back ballad of the late 1930s-1940s made popular by Judy Garland; and Model reflects the brittle, driving world of the fashion model through constantly changing metres and a staccato repeated figure. The songs were commissioned for, and broadcast on, ‘The Coming Out Ready or Not Show’, ABC Radio 2, in November 1975, performed by Angela Giblin (soprano) and Linn Robertson (piano).