- 108: DEDICATIONwith L Patterson & L Garcia-Dolnik 107: LIMINALwith B Li 106: OPENwith C SLowe & J Langdon 105: NO THEME 11with E Grills & E Stewart 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones
Porous Walls, or, Why don’t you join me?: Poems from the Future of Health
In Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Susan Stewart writes that the use of caesura or enjambment ‘bring[s] pulse and breath to the poem itself’, at the same time opening ‘the text to the excentric positions of unintelligibility and death’.
Posted in CHAPBOOKS Tagged Andy Jackson, Angela Costi, Anna Jacobson, Gemma Mahadeo, Leah Robertson, Rachael Wenona Guy
On the Holding of Spaces for Essaying Into
It’s a putting oneself into a space of deliberate uncertainty. Stepping into the unknown. A practicing in that space. Training.
Posted in ESSAYS Tagged Andy Jackson, Khalid Warsame, McKenzie Wark, Melody Ellis, Peta Murray, Tina Stefanou
2021 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners
Rich in imagery that is both vividly real and subtly symbolic, ‘Cicadas’ is a lyrical meditation on mortality, transformation and sustenance.
Posted in GUNCOTTON Tagged Andy Jackson, Damen O'Brien, Dan Hogan, Dimitra Harvey, Sara Saleh
Andy Jackson Reviews Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word
Is an anthology greater than the sum of its parts? Does it effectively capture its milieu? Who’s been included, who left out? Is it genuinely of the moment? Will it endure?
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Amanda Stewart, Anahera Gildea, Andy Jackson, Ania Walwicz, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Arielle Cottingham, Behrouz Boochani, Claire G Coleman, David Stavanger, eddy burger, Emily Crocker, Evelyn Araluen, Grace Taylor, Hani Abdile, ian mcbryde, Jennifer Compton, Ken Arkind, Lionel Fogarty, Pi O, Quan Yeomans, Rhyan Clapham, Sean O’Callaghan, Te Kahu Rolleston
While we live, we ourselves are inhabited – William Bryant Logan, ‘Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth’ In the earth, prepared and silent, what will I be offering you? It’s said the menu opens with the liver and the …
Posted in 91: MONSTER Tagged Andy Jackson
Song not for you
after ‘Das Lied des Zwerges’ (The song of the dwarf), Rainer Maria Rilke Crooked blood, stunted hands, cripple, out of place – uncanny how small thoughts can be, while I’m incomparable, only a dwarf because the so-called average person is …
Posted in 77: EXPLODE Tagged Andy Jackson
The Change Room
This morning, walking almost naked from the change room toward the outdoor heated pool, I become that man again, unsettling shape to be explained. Such questions aren’t asked to my face. Children don’t mean anything by it, supposedly, so I …
Posted in 74: NO THEME V Tagged Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson Reviews Mary Cresswell and Natasha Dennerstein
In a recent essay for the London Review of Books, Ben Lerner provocatively suggested that the reason that we dislike poetry (as Marianne Moore does in her infamous ‘Poetry’, which begins ‘I too dislike it’) is that all poems are failures. Each poem is an attempt to translate experience, research, idea or desire into language, and in that leap something is invariably lost – and, I would say, gained – because success is not the polar opposite of failure, but its way of proceeding. The success of a collection of poetry depends upon how the poet, rather than denying this inevitable ‘failure’, acknowledges and incorporates it.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Andy Jackson, Mary Cresswell, Natasha Dennerstein
I dust the cobwebs off my spandex and sneakers. This is where I document my progress. I want to take this moment to apologise to my muscles for whatever the hell happened to them the first day. Everyone is fighting their own battle. …
Posted in 70: UMAMI Tagged Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson Reviews Ivy Alvarez and Janet Galbraith
How do we truly belong here on this continent, come to terms with our collective and personal history and build a genuine home for the future? And what of the ongoing legacy of violence on an intimate scale, by men against their partners and children – how can this be challenged and interrupted, changed into mutual trust? These are crucial questions; complicated and painful, yet unavoidable. Two new books recognise this and respond with what, to me, are poetry’s great strengths: the generation of an empathic interpersonal encounter, and that aching paradoxical space of both knowledge and productive ignorance.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Andy Jackson, Ivy Alvarez, Janet Galbraith
Andy Jackson Reviews Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow
Radar. Green blips on a black screen. A large and vulnerable craft navigating a changeable world. A technological attempt to locate an invisible danger, or to give shape to darkness. All these associations emerge out of the poetry of Kevin Brophy and Nathan Curnow in their joint collection Radar, albeit in an intimate mode: these poets observe the ways in which we navigate through our lives in the contemporary world and improvise meaning. It is difficult, though, to talk about ‘the book’ because these two poets differ strikingly in their approaches.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Andy Jackson, Kevin Brophy, Nathan Curnow
for Matthew Hall, after reading ‘High Pink on Chrome’ by J. H. Prynne Light glancing off polished steel. Steam, petrol, adrenaline in the air. Surfaces – skin, metal, language – all the muscle implied by them. This wreckage of …
Posted in 50: JACKPOT! Tagged Andy Jackson
Notes from Chennai: Rigour and Flow in Urban India
I am so pleased to introduce Melbourne poet Andy Jackson, who is kicking off our new monthly blog series that explores ideas of poetry and place, both domestic and abroad. In late 2011, Andy undertook an Asialink-supported residency to India. …
Posted in GUNCOTTON Tagged Andy Jackson
What’s possible between us
As another Spring begins, the bird’s brain cells bloom. New songs. Fingerprints return after the hand is burnt. Who knows what we’re capable of? I part the vertical ocean of clothes and find you there. Spider, it is almost terrifying …
Posted in 47: NO THEME! Tagged Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson Reviews Carl Rickard and Diane Fahey
Carl Rickard's Lost Places and Diane Fahey's Sea Wall and River Light are distinctly Australian, both in their themes and as products. They indicate something about how writers living in Australia see their place in the world, and how they try to make themselves heard.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Andy Jackson, Carl Rickard, Diane Fahey
Lee N. Mylar: The dynamic ribbon device
Forget the question Who is this?. Ask instead What do I have in my hands? and compare your receiver with my gun. Then listen, my friend, to the sound of the butt of it kissing your son's skull. Keep in …
Posted in 24: CHILDREN OF MALLEY Tagged Andy Jackson
Lee N Mylar: How to deal with something that doesn’t happen
Lee N Mylar does not write poetry, fiction or libretti. Lee exceeds the constraints of the apolitical industry of literature, ironically, by submitting veiled revolutionary manifestos in the form of (cue hand-gestured quote marks) poems to the literary journals that get mentioned in The Age, then uses the rejection letters as rollie papers. Lee hates anagrams, and harms Satan age.
Posted in 24: CHILDREN OF MALLEY Tagged Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson Interviews Patricia Sykes
Patricia Sykes has published two collections of poetry, partly with the fuel of New Work grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria. Her first, Wire Dancing (Spinifex Press, 1999), was commended in the Anne Elder and the Mary Gilmore awards for 2000.
Posted in INTERVIEWS Tagged Patricia Sykes
Andy Jackson Reviews Patricia Sykes
In spite of poetry's continued insistence on its own marginality, its retreat into abstract stylistic expression or into words that act as anaesthetic or lullaby, there is still the possibility that words can undermine the way things are.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Andy Jackson, Patricia Sykes
Hearing Things at the Interactive Sound Exhibit
Scrape at First Site by Chris Henschke, Oct 2001 It's easy to talk as if mere words didn't hold understanding like a sieve, easy to succumb to binaries in a digital age. Some things sneak underneath the radar, work not …
Posted in 10: LOCATION ASIA-AUSTRALIA Tagged Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson: No Anchovies Please!
or, Is there a place for combining music and poetry? Like I had just suggested putting anchovies in his ice-cream, a fellow poetry connoisseur once screwed his face up and told me that a poem put to music was not …
Posted in FEATURES Tagged music, performance