Javant Biarujia

Javant Biarujia is the author of eight books of poetry, including Calques and Low/Life, the latter written while on Asialink’s writer-in-residence in Indonesia in 1998. In 2007, he published pointcounterpoint: New and selected poems 1983 – 2008, while Spelter to Pewter (Cordite Books, 2016) is his latest book.

The Surveyed Vision: 36 Meditations on 3 Books by Barry Hill (Peacemongers, Grass Hut Work and Reason & Lovelessness)

a. Justice is Barry Hill’s overarching leitmotiv.

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Phantasmagorically Noh: The Blindness and Rage of Brian Castro Deconstructed

‘write prose and cut your margins,’ a friend and editor advised — Brian Castro (22) Blindness The blindness presented here is metaphorical, if not phantasmagorical, for Castro calls his verse novel a ‘Phantasmagoria […] in thirty-four cantos’. For me, actual …

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Thirty-Six Views of the Parallax: Mark Young’s the eclectic world, Bandicoot habitat and lithic typology

The first thing to note is that the body of a typical Mark Young poem often bears no relationship to the title. Do not be alarmed: this is a postmodernist conceit, and Young is thoroughly postmodernist, although he would eschew such a label.

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Corey Wakeling Interviews Javant Biarujia

Javant Biarujia is an iconoclastic Australian poet, at once an unparalleled linguistic confabulator and an exponent of Melbourne avant-garde poetics since the 1970s.

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The German Consulate in Melbourne

As seen from the street the building was reminiscent of a German consulate in Melbourne. — GIORGIO DE CHIRICO … take any risks you like, but never listen to a deconstructionist. — CHRISTOPHER KOCH author, and grandson of J. A. …

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Plus Ça Change … 1981–2011

HOMO NEST RAIDED, QUEEN BEES ARE STINGING MAD — JERRY LISKER: New York Daily News, July 6, 1969. Report on the raid by the Tactical Patrol Force on the Stonewall Inn, a private gay club, at 57 Christopher Street. Listen. …

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X Marks the Parataxis: Louis Armand, John Kinsella and Jessica L Wilkinson

Displacement is apparent both geographically and textually in Letters from Ausland by Louis Armand, The Vision of Error by John Kinsella (subtitled, ‘A Sextet of Activist Poems’) and marionette by jessica l. wilkinson (written here all in lower-case and subtitled, ‘a biography of miss marion davies’). All three poets are or have been editors of literary magazines: Armand edits VLAK, out of Prague; Kinsella, SALT; and Wilkinson, Rabbit (why does this name always remind me of Wittgenstein’s drawing of a rabbit that can also be perceived as a duck?) Armand and Kinsella have also collaborated on a number of books.

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