Cordite Poetry Review

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 …


Q&A with 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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Tina Giannoukos Reviews Ali Alizadeh

Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh University of Queensland Press, 2011 Ali Alizadeh’s latest collection, Ashes in the Air, blows across the fault lines of our manifold present. These are poems of strong rhetorical force. With remarkable alertness to …

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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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