Elese Dowden

Elese Dowden is a Pākehā writer, poet, and recovering philosopher from Aotearoa New Zealand working on unceded Wurundjeri country in Naarm. Her poetry and literary reviews have been published in Cordite, Meanjin, Overland, and Landfall, and her cross-disciplinary research interests include critical theory, philosophy, literature, and colonialism in Australasia.

Elese Dowden Reviews Rebecca Hawkes and Claudia Jardine

In her Cordite essay “What Blooms Beneath a Blood-Red Sky: A Year in Aotearoa Poetry”, Rebecca Hawkes, author of Meat Lovers writes: “Poetry is so hot right now, the bright young rhapsodists proclaim (if largely to a devoted audience of each other). Are we just saying, we’re hot now, evidencing the glow-up since high school, the already-anxiety of what it will mean for our newness to fade when we’ve truly emerged and the first-book fetish fades?”

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girlboss leviathan timeslip

most honor’d friends; leah, mesdames et mes yeux – gods, dolphins, dauphins and fascists (good afterble, constanoon!) the year is 2020-something deep inside of a parallell universe where adriana la cerva still exists flossin’ & girlbossin’ like helen (of troy) …

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