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Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney's most recent collection is Hot Take (Hunter Publishing). He is a media manager, holder of the all-time games record for the New Farm Traktor Collective and convener of the Saturdays readings in Brisbane. Reading Phife Dawg's verse from "Check the Rhime" in The Source changed his life.

Liam Ferney reviews Tim Thorne

I Con: New and Selected Poems by Tim Thorne

Salt Publishing, 2008

History is a con. Every second year undergrad haunting a uni bar knows that. Understanding history is not who did what to whom when, it is how the narrative reflects on the teller and the audience. I Con: New and Selected Poems, the justly deserved retrospective of Tasmania poet Tim Thorne published in a beautiful hard cover edition by Salt, works its playful magic in the fluid space between fact and myth.

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Liam Ferney reviews Billy Jones

Wren Lines: Selected Poems and Drawings Volume 1 by Billy Jones papertiger media, 2006 Billy Jones is, by his own admission, 'a recluse in the forest/ with a hardon blissfully alone/ and alive to the fire of cosmic joy' (from …

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The Departed

She was to have fled between the gaps in the revolution. But not a moment too soon, or a moment too late, the gates sliced escape like cheddar. In the morning he wondered about the transition. Orbiting across the dawning …

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Arcade Fire

cul de sacs of desire excised from the torn corner of a new map cyclone fences rubber embers sick aerosoled on the underside of an overpass bootleg eminem on a tapedeck the moon's bohemian plots a defection insert coins grand …

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Sign on the Dotted Line

chase the fishmonger's asthmatic truck clogging the warren's chambers susan sangsters lounging on the hoods of hyundais ajiima lugging cardboard ajashi stoop smoking mild seven‚™ scooter delivery kim chi and pizza boy sideways under a truck a michael bay hero …

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Liam Ferney reviews John Ashbery

A Worldly Country by John Ashbery Carcanet, 2007 At an athletics meet in Salamanca in 1993, Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor began his run up with a customary sprint that mellowed into half-a-dozen languid, bouncy strides. His best leap that …

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Sweet Child O’ Mine

departure brushes up against you a hurried commuter on the rush hour line it was really something to take part in the hubris a signed deal & a backslapped afternoon digital authenticity drowns out static & we forget how good …

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Dulce bellum inexpertis

pull the stitch through and sew the night wounds. the best time for war is while the enemy sleeps. Wilfred Owen of Tikrit breathes freely (not a mustard gas insectoid of trench warfare). they are the nonchalant Knights of the …

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Submerged Is the Best Place to Be

Submerged is the best place to be on a hot summer's day: somewhere in the shady corner of the pool, cross-legged on the bottom, blowing bubbles until you run out of air. Submerged is where Tony Soprano's psychiatrist tells him …

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Billy Bragg and the Fight for a New Australia

Thatcherism was the name given to the tide of economic rationalism that swept through Britain in the 1980's. It was a series of, often forceful, policy reforms and social upheavals that transformed the nation economically, politically, socially and philosophically. Musically, the nation was mute. The original f&^k you of punk's first wave, which was quite often only ever protest for protests sake, had all but died. In its place the superficiality of New Wave and the introspection of Goth reigned supreme.

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Sultan of Swat

Liam Ferney is an emerging poet based in Brisbane. He spent part of 2002 teaching English in South Korea. His poems have been published in Southerly, Meanjin, LinQ and Famous Reporter.

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Seoul Survivor

Liam Ferney is an emerging poet based in Brisbane. He spent part of 2002 teaching English in South Korea. His poems have been published in Southerly, Meanjin, LinQ and Famous Reporter.

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Militancy

It's an early Spring so They celebrate by naming a new constellation after Damir Dokic ! So what if it'll be obscure in four years they argue, it's contemporary now! And just like Diomedes he turns up at the press …

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