Joan Fleming

Joan Fleming is the author of two poetry collections published by Victoria University Press, Failed Love Poems (2015) and The Same as Yes (2011), and a chapbook, Two Dreams in Which Things are Taken (Duets, 2010). Her honours include the Biggs Poetry Prize, the Verge Prize for Poetry, and the Harri Jones Memorial Prize from the Hunter Writers Centre. As a scholar, she is interested in competing epistemologies in poetic texts and the impossibility of perfect communication. She has published essays and a book chapter on the Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson, and is currently finishing her PhD in ethnopoetics at Monash University, a project that has arisen out of family ties and ongoing relationships with Warlpiri people in Central Australia.

Joan Fleming Reviews Fiona Hile and Luke Beesley

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No Safety, No Submission? A Survey of New Zealand Small Presses

There is a preconception that small presses, existing as they do outside the mainstream, publish poetry that is wilder, stranger, more political, and more ethnically diverse. Poetry that the university publishers have turned away, or whose genius such presses have failed to recognise.

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‘through worlds & worlds & worlds’: Joan Fleming interviews Jordie Albiston

I first met Albiston in a taxicab in Wellington in November of 2014. When she learned that ‘Fleming’s pool’ near her home in Altona is named after my direct ancestors, she said, ‘All right, no more conversation now.

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Dale and Fleming on as Commissioning Editors

Dale and FlemingCordite is chuffed (once again) to announce that, joining Rosalind McFarlane as Commissioning Editor, Collaborations, Amelia Dale and Joan Fleming are joining the Cordite Poetry Review fold as Commissioning Editor, Experimental Literature and Commissioning Editor, New Zealand Literature respectively.

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I am young but I have money like a grandmother. Do you remember seeing that paleface for the first time? Yes, no. Face is trying for openness, passing anti-expositional afternoons. Fieldwork is a bound time. I am designing an entrance, …

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Review Short: Lisa Jacobson’s The Asylum Poems and Judy Johnson’s Counsel for the Defence

The prettiness of the language is a curious choice, though, given the raw horror of the subject matter. Closely observed grotesque details, like the father yelling ‘Towels! ’ as he carries his bleeding brother over the threshold of their Iraqi home, are among the sequence’s most satisfying moments.

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‘We Are all Rejects’: Unsupported Writers and the New New Zealand Journal

The declining level of support offered to poets and other writers in Aotearoa/New Zealand is a source of real distress and debate for those in the writing community. Lee Posna, in an essay published last year on the Pantograph Punch, writes from the position of a poet who feels himself unsupported, and really suffers because of it.

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