Jen Crawford

Jen Crawford grew up in New Zealand and the Philippines. She holds a PhD from the University of Wollongong and recently moved back to Australia from Singapore to teach at the University of Canberra. Her poetry collections include Napoleon Swings (Soapbox Press), Bad Appendix (Titus Books) and Admissions (Five Islands Press). A new chapbook, Lichen Loves Stone, is forthcoming from Tinfish Press.

Three Translated Takako Arai Poems

Takako Arai (1966 —) was born into a silk-weaving family in Kiryū city, Gunma Prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo. She began publishing poems in the early 1990s, and since 1998 has run a poetry magazine, Mi’Te, which features poems, translations and poetry criticism. Her second poetry collection, Tamashii Dansu (Soul Dance) was published in 2007, and received the Oguma Hideo Poetry Prize.

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Transplanting Colenso: Taxonomy and Translocation in Leicester Kyle’s Koroneho: Joyful News Out of the New Found World

‘Language adheres to the soil, when the lips which spoke it are resolved into dust,’ wrote William Colenso in 1868, and again in 1883. ‘Mountains repeat, and rivers murmur, the voices of nations denationalized or extirpated in their own land.’ The 19th century New Zealand missionary, printer, explorer, and naturalist was conscious of massive, irrevocable changes to the botanical and human ecologies of New Zealand occurring as he wrote; it’s apparent that he was also conscious of the role of language in defining these systems and the encounter between them.

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smoke-infested… playing at the Bijou

1 butcher boy used to hold daily The Loop is a clamorous, smoke the absurd fingers until she winced had been Terry Sheehan) watched her He was occupied with his eggs in the loneliness of her daily black bread, boiled …

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Jen recently returned to Auckland after eight years in Wollongong and Sydney. Her collection Admissions was published in 2000, in the Five Islands Press New Poets Program.

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