Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson is a Lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. His essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, The Monthly, Overland, The Sleepers Almanac, Sydney Review of Books and many others. His collection of short stories, Known Unknowns (2010), was published by Affirm Press. By the Book? Contemporary Publishing in Australia is forthcoming from Monash University Press.

Emmett Stinson Reviews Kent MacCarter

The three sections of Kent MacCarter's excellent debut collection are marked by recipes of an imaginative kind. In 'Fruit Salad with Papaya-Mint Sauce' he instructs the reader to include 'Ounces of fresh goddamn seedless everything', which serves as an apt description of the collection as a whole. MacCarter's poetry is a sort of mulligan stew that seamlessly blends landscape, as Japan, New Zealand, Australia and various locales in the United States coagulate into a coherent vision.

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Dry Pastoral

Contemporary pastoral? Such a term seems oxymoronic when describing a genre at least as old as Theocritus’s Idylls from the third century BCE. The pastoral itself is inherently backwards-looking, literally evoking the greener pastures of a pre-industrialised past. Even the …

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