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Autumn Royal

About Autumn Royal

Autumn Royal is the author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose (Cordite Books 2016). She is currently completing a PhD at Deakin University, where she teaches creative writing.

‘We can wake up if we wish’: Autumn Royal Interviews Cecilia Vicuña

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Documentation: Molten Upset’s Poetry & Noise

Hannah Earles reads from poems written on her bed sheets while Natasha Havir Smith plays electric violin. Molten Upset is a collective name for us – Autumn Royal and Lisa Lerkenfeldt – and we were stimulated by a kind of …

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Autumn Royal Reviews Martin Langford and Dan Disney

Matters of identity in relation to land are a major concern for poets writing in Australia. In the introduction to The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (2009) John Kinsella points out that since its earliest forms Australian poetry expresses ‘a sense of urgency about communicating the uniqueness and significance of the Australian landscape, and the relationship between individuals and community and country/place’.

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Review Short: Bel Schenk’s Every Time You Close Your Eyes

Bel Schenk’s third poetry collection, Every Time You Close Your Eyes, is sparsely written, yet deeply self-aware. Taking the form of a verse narrative, the book is a series of poems exploring events commonly referred to as the ‘New York City blackouts of 1977 and 2003’, similar in circumstance, yet as Schenk demonstrates, vastly different due to the temporal space between them.

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‘in the elevator, heading for the 23rd floor’

[After Hong-Kai Wang’s A Conceptual Biography of Chris Mann] ‘i mean am i Wrong to prefer your version of me?’ – Chris Mann ‘It begins with affections. It departs from one’s desire to construct a biography of an artist’s life …

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Review Short: Omar Musa’s Here Come the Dogs

Here Come the DogsPrimarily known as a performance poet and rapper, Omar Musa has embarked on another textual form with his latest publication, Here Come the Dogs. Written in a combination of verse and prose, Here Comes the Dogs offers an intimate portrait of three young men negotiating issues of identity and marginalisation in an unnamed Australian city. Musa, who is Malaysian-Australian, positions his poetry and prose in a manner that allows for his book to confront themes surrounding cultural and ethnic identities, intersectional discrimination and problematic expressions of masculinity and power.

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Review Short: Rebecca Jessen’s Gap

GapWinner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Best Emerging Author, Gap is Rebecca Jessen’s debut verse novel and a bold entrance into a strong line of Australian verse novels.

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Along the Highway, 1999

Written by: Autumn Royal Sound production by: Daniel Jenatsch Spoken by: Autumn Royal, Daniel Jenatsch, and Harriet Gregory [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Along the Highway, 1999 (7:23) Sun sparks against the cold curve of moon, sand returns …

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Review Short: Todd Turner’s Woodsmoke

WoodsmokeThe poetry in Todd Turner’s debut collection Woodsmoke explores topographies of land and memory. Comparable to the approach of Australian poets such as Philip Hodgins and Brendan Ryan, many of Turner’s poems explore human interactions with rural landscapes. Turner’s biographical note indicates that his ‘parents were from farming families in the town of Koorawatha, situated on the Western Plains of New South Wales’ (v). Like Hodgins and Ryan, Turner is unafraid to include autobiographical references within many of his poems.

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Palm—Reading

After Louise Cotton’s Palmistry and Its Practical Uses My reason curls around—possibility—the practice of cheirosophy—the prediction of character as demarcated by the hand— each line & mark—sparks a meaning that deepens as the reader traces the heart line towards—Jupiter’s etching. …

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Boiling Water

– after Emily Dickinson There’s nothing to shatter on this evening. The window is open, the neighbours may look. With my mouth held shut I fill the saucepan. Black marks, once boiled-over, flake into the water. I dwell in possibility, …

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Review Short: Rachael Briggs’s Free Logic

Free LogicWinner of the 2012 Thomas Shapcott Prize, Free Logic is the debut collection from poet and philosopher Rachael Briggs. The book is divided into nine sections, each poetically exploring themes of love, identity, and sexuality. Briggs infuses her poetic explorations with surreal allegories, moments of metamorphosis and a constant teasing of the ‘logical’, which allow for her poetry to forge an opening towards new possibilities. Briggs strikingly connects insightful fantasies with philosophical considerations.

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