Cordite Poetry Review

Cordite 37.1: Nebraska is now online

Released in conjunction with the Cordite-Prairie Schooner co-feature, Cordite 37.1: Nebraska is a tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album, presented by Sean M. Whelan and Liner Notes. Contributors include Neil Boyack, Josephine Rowe, Omar Musa, Gabriel Piras, Samuel Wagan Watson, …

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Q&A with Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney is a Brisbane poet. He works in politics. His collections of poetry include Career (Vagabond Press, 2011) and Popular Mechanics (Interactive Press, 2004). He is a former Poetry Editor of Cordite. Can you describe your typical day at …

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Q&A with Tom Clark

Since 2006, Tom Clark has been an academic in the School of Communication and the Arts at Victoria University, Melbourne, where he teaches and researches in political rhetoric as a family of performance poetry. Previously he completed a PhD, writing …

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Q&A with Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez is the author of Mortal (Red Morning Press, 2006). Her poems feature in anthologies, journals and new media in many countries, including Best Australian Poems 2009, and have been translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. In May …

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An interview with Benito Di Fonzo

Born into an Irish-Italian working class family in Sydney’s inner west, journalist, playwright, poet and performer Benito Di Fonzo has written for, and been profiled by, the best and worst of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, …

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An interview with M. F. McAuliffe

M. F. McAuliffe was born and educated in Adelaide and Melbourne, and holds an Honours degree in English and some graduate stuff in photography and anthropology. She has taught technical writing, media analysis and basic TV production to engineering and …

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Q&A with Brendan Ryan

Brendan Ryan grew up on a dairy farm at Panmure in Western Victoria. One of ten children, the themes of farming and family have influenced his poetry for over twenty years. His first chapbook, Mungo Poems was published by Soup …

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Work: A Cordite-Prairie Schooner Collaboration

Cordite is excited to announce a special collaboration with Nebraska-based literary journal, Prairie Schooner. The collaboration, entitled ‘Work’, is the first in what promises to be an exciting ‘Fusion’ series, wherein Prairie Schooner teams up with innovative journals from around …

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Submissions for Cordite 38: Sydney extended

Cordite 38: Sydney will be guest-edited by Astrid Lorange, and is due online in May 2012. Out of the goodness of our hearts, and due partly to our own confusion about the correct closing date, we’ve decided to extend submissions …

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Coming soon: Cordite-Prairie Schooner Fusion!

Cordite is very excited to be involved in US journal Prairie Schooner’s Fusion series; in fact, we’re the first cab off the rank, with a special WORK co-feature due online in February 2012. The feature will include fifteen poems from …

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Submissions now open for Cordite 38: Sydney

We invite submissions for Cordite 38 on the theme of ‘Sydney’. Given that Cordite was founded in Sydney in 1997, we think that now is a good time to revisit our roots, and what better way to do that than …


David Prater Interviews Jason Nelson

It is overly simplistic to state digital poems come entirely from building/discovering interfaces. Any artist’s creative practice is a merging/melding mix of fluid events and inspirations. But within many digital poems there is one commonality, the emphasis on interface.

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Recasting the Mould: ‘Beyond is Anything’

Upon hearing of our Children of Malley II edition of Cordite, one of our readers sent us in an unexpected surprise. Lurking in the wings was a Malley encounter we never expected: we found that the hoax lives on.

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Glen Phillips and John Kinsella: Mythology and Landscape

For both Kinsella and Phillips poetics is work: it is a continual and never-ending process, a symbiotic process from which a voice of activism may spring. It is the aim of this voice to put the land and its strength and survival at the heart of the contemporary landscape poetry.

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"Zombies In the Fields"

This renga is a compilation of Zombie Haikunaut Renga I and Zombie Haikunaut Renga II. Read an explanation of the original instructions. And very big thanks to Ashley Capes, our renga master!

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Jonathan Ball, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jay Millar: Ex Machina and the Creative Commons

Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009) is a long poem written as a series of poetic and philosophical statements. Each page contains a titular number, and each line of the poem refers the reader to another page through a footnote. The book thus resembles the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books of yesteryear, only instead of developing a progressive narrative, the system recurs and loops endlessly. If one attempts to read the book as directed, not only will one never reach a terminal position, but certain pages that exist outside of the system will remain forever unread.

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Zombie Haikunaut Renga II

This is Part 2 of Cordite’s Zombie Haikunaut Renga project, continued from Zombie Haikunaut Renga I. Please read the instructions if in doubt about commenting on this post!

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Zombie Haikunaut Renga I

This is Part 1 of Cordite's Zombie Haikunaut Renga project.

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Single-parented most of the time, it’s a wonder

Single-parented most of the time, it’s a wonder the ash trees come out of the forest, look around, heavy scene, where I think it impossible to get lost or make enough sense to pretend how a child has to abort …

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Run! Run! Run run run run! For a safe climate!

Run! Run! Run run run run! For a safe climate! take the trolley! & that box of something! tony abbott youre so cute i could skin you alive with a hammer. Nothing can hold it together. The skin of true …

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And you were that paradox,

And you were that paradox, but finally wednesday arrived. it was time for the coffee festival youd organised. Who said ‘waiting is unpleasurable?’ Not Nietzsche! And doesn’t coffee solve all paradoxes? (Except those concocted by Kafka.) I scratch my head …

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Napoleon’s plunder

Napoleon's plunder including a few concepts that enabled couch surfing at home of Baylen’s bane did Bonaparte cry “Dupont give me back my Legions” He was a small man, but with big legions who envied Caesar and Charlemagne their regions …

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where does she stop

where does she stop greenland? Or winter at Reykjahlið? I know an African who fell in love with Greenland it was a sort of interim love … my head pressed beneath her locker room door Travelling long-distance. For a season, …

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in arid cities we have read as syntax flooded streets

in arid cities we have read as syntax flooded streets while the light falls, heavy as the shadow of a hoop; in darkness we are left as the shadows of our meat and our lives drift in, and out, in …

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