Emily Stewart

Emily Stewart lives and works on Wangal land. She is the author of Knocks (Vagabond Press, 2016) and her forthcoming collection, Running Time, received the 2021 Helen Anne Bell Award for an unpublished manuscript. Emily was formerly the poetry editor at Giramondo Publishing and she is currently completing a creative doctorate at the Writing and Society Research Centre.

NO THEME XI Editorial

A lot happened over the months we spent working on this issue, from November when we published our playful, hyperactive call-out, to now, the beginning of winter, a date that marks a shift in the year’s trajectory. It’s time to …

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Submission to Cordite 105: NO THEME 11

We want poetry that is effusive and overwrought and hyperbolic and melancholic and sentimental and dark and cheesy and twisted, that pushes itself so far past the realm of good taste that it glides gleefully into ugliness.

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From Northbourne Ave

How vulnerable the body’s archive reproduction and memory a banner juts out a banner juts out pure vector two or three mediocre feelings inscrutable protesters and their certainty and their tough white crosses what life is like scabrous raked-over pine …

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from Conglomerates

Myself I saw the first tender shoots of Gehry thumbnails planted two-and-a-half blocks from the beach, Sydney Eastern Standard Time. That good ideas pitch us forward is a mid-week provocation. This good idea makes the same old view newly visible, …

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American forests are moving west and nobody knows why

for Amelia Dale royal blue antipodean nightmare the sadness of chess pieces ala kazam symbolic debt nature’s union important nuclear misery ripcurl shoulder check popping swampland hera’s pomegranate glaze a solutions based empire microsoft surface algorithmic intel cool springsteen wifeswap …

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Historical Winter

The composition of any given aura is a painterly mix. So I’ll choose the shadow colours grey and pixelate. However the cold comes this year I will wear that same grey chorus and my own corona —should I imagine—will be …

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Review Short: Rachael Munro’s Indigo Morning

Rachael Munro is a keen observer who writes in a language of nettles and nets, establishing a daily mood via the accumulation of certain details. This is a book of apricot tissue petals and fences-turned-crystal lattices; of the world in its weather and a poet caught in the tangle.

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Good Friday

Your carefulness was a waste Of fucking time. I needed your Libido’s restless vice an unstable Touch. There is much to fear Paragraphs of fear and many poor Taste suitors who might stick up For a Woody Allen. Only place …

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You Are Here: Canberra, March 2012

I lived in Canberra for five years. It rocked. But it is very true that Canberra’s literary credentials do not make themselves readily known to casual visitors. Used in the short, Canberra is more commonly code for a kind of …

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Emily Stewart Interviews Astrid Lorange

Astrid Lorange: poet, phD student and Sydneysider, is Cordite’s guest editor for our Sydney issue, which launches next week. She kindly agreed to answer some hot-coal questions for me about living Sydney, writing poetry and curating for Cordite. Read on! …

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Highlights from the Poetry Symposium

About a week ago, I got along to the Political Imagination: Contemporary Postcolonial and Diasporic Poetries symposium, hosted by Deakin Uni at their suave city campus. Convened by Ann Vickery, Lyn McCredden and Cordite’s very own Ali Alizadeh, the symposium …

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Thoughts on Adrienne Rich

It was rubbish news, to hear that Adrienne Rich had died on March 27. Her influence on my poetics, as well as my person, has been significant. On first reading her poems – those within A Fact of A Doorframe, …

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Australian Poetry eBooks – Why Don’t They (really) Exist Yet?

In mid-Feb, the Copyright Agency Limited held their annual seminar at the State Library of Victoria. This year’s seminar was themed ‘Digital publishing today’, and saw the announcement of two major digital initiatives – CAL’s own new web resource Digital …

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Flash Bulbs in the Dark: Women are Dynamite

The poetry canon does women few favours. Over the years, I’ve had to seek out and find my own choice femmes to balance out the bookshelves. Never feeling the pull of Plath or Dickinson, I went from Sappho to Aphra …

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‘Hunger repletion musick fire’: Dransfield, Post-punk and the Countrylink Express

Many of you will be clued-in on the recent commentary re. Gray and Lehmann’s Australian Poetry Since 1788 anthology, published toward the end of last year. One of the criticisms of the book has been the choice of poets included, …

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State of Origin

“This is Hodges’ outstanding winger Steve Price swallowed up by Lockyer’s tackle They’ve been together a long time – as mates […] Back to the sideline & finish him off! Turn that left hand Carney! “An intended intercept should nullify …

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Bernie Malley: Blu-ray Morpheus

  His metamorphosis contains the very mystery of sleep: the outline of a fluidity, the look, sign, and gesture of evanescence with the charm and virtue of presence – Jean-Luc Nancy   a. Technicolour dreaming leads me here again an …

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Bernie Malley: red eye

inflight enter- tainment guide say “chillax”. glance prehist- oric day dawned corrugated charmed, seams of burn- ished earth ochre deep spindly curve end fabled plinths, white. this new day is witness: trajectory of god s rich, myths eternal gold spun …

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