Stuart Cooke

Stuart Cooke

About Stuart Cooke

Stuart Cooke's latest poetry collection is Opera (2016). His other books include George Dyuŋgayan's Bulu Line: a West Kimberley song cycle (2014), Speaking the Earth's Languages (2013) and Edge Music (2011). He lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University.

Two Translated Marcos Konder Reis Poems

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prose is tense sense an echo’s an open poem we sort our rubbish into three bins we sort out rubbish on an island’s edge the sea lurches into rivulets between rocks of prose; prose is a tense sense these things …

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Stuart Cooke Reviews Francisco Guevara

At the time of his death, Francisco Guevara – ‘Kokoy’ to everyone who knew him – was becoming a unique, unwavering presence in contemporary Filipino poetry. An unlikely graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (reports suggest that he was repeatedly stymied by the rituals of the workshop lyric), in 2010 he returned home to the Philippines to take up a position at De La Salle, one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

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High Tide

tide memory trains down the beach the sea chops & eats itself rocks doze in purple sets of allthepossible opens the path back home’s washed over the arabesques cooling into space on another turn it’s smooth as linen a bed …

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The premonition was that I’m asleep, sleeping sensibly, believing it takes more violence to wake us than daybreak. – ‘The Premonition’, by John Mateer Monday morning, another black death in custody, the world emerging from the misty firmament her long, …

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Four Melancholic Songs by Rubén Darío

Rubén DaríoBorn in Nicaragua as Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, Rubén Darío (1867-1916) is one of the most famous and influential of all Latin American poets. Generally credited with initiating the modernismo movement, he has had a profound and lasting impact upon Latin American letters. In the English-speaking world, however, his reception has been confused by a lack of critical attention and by translations which tend to obscure the shock of his language at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Double Shudder

In ancestor times hills cried creeks, pines jammed into species, pierced cielo. The two cities spoke in season colour, colour behind eyelid colour, ebony bay scratched with lights. Despite their buildings’ calcified retinas, despite the torrents del concreto buckling with …

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The Centre Cannot Hold: Six Contemporary Filipino Poets

If for the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of Filipinos living in Australia wasn’t reason enough to take an interest in Filipino poetry, the fact that Filipino poetry shares a tremendous amount in common with Australian poetry should. Those fissures that have dominated so much of the past half-century of Australian poetry – between ‘the tradition’ and ‘the postmodern’, between an indigenous or nationalist poetry and a poetry that stretches to North America and elsewhere, between poetry that centres on the nation’s landscapes and poetry that sees in its cities and other locations a manifestation of global and/or North American trends – are quite central to poetry in the Philippines, too.

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After each useless, ephemeral voyage I return to the house and its quay; I circle the edge before skittling off to the suburbs. Come to me, I cry, fat plastic and screaming sail, shining, golden city cramped and seeping music! …

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Valparaíso and Tourist

Before the broken edges of an old city’s coast; before the waves breaking on the wharves; a city lost in the fog tumbling in from the ocean, in snakes of fog sliding down from the mountains, I’m tumbling through skins …

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Stuart Cooke Reviews Anna Kerdijk Nicholson

Possession: poems about the voyage of Lt James Cook in the Endeavour 1768-1771 by Anna Kerdijk Nicholson Five Islands Press, 2010 From at least as far back as Heraclitus, scholars have been warning us about the irresistible and irretrievable nature …

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