Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne and writes poetry, fiction and essays. Her two most recent publications from Giramondo are the novel The Life of Houses and the poetry collection Empirical, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s and the Prime Ministers’ Poetry Prize.

Writing Sound: Phonautography, Phonography and Marianne Moore’s Syllabics

9 April 1860, a room in Paris. Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville is singing ‘Au clair de la lune’ into his astonishing invention. For twenty seconds he sings, slowly.

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‘One unhappy day I was called to see the Benois Madonna— I found myself confronted by a young woman with a bald forehead and puffed cheeks, a toothless smile, blear eyes, and a furrowed throat— And yet I had to …

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Readers Digest Great World Atlas 1961 (1962)

Between the time of its publication and fourth revise they exploded the bomb they called Vanya over Novaya Zemlya—its fireball five miles wide hung a second sun over the island—its cloud rose into the mesosphere—black rain over the Kara Sea, …

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NO THEME VII Editorial

Four years ago, writing an essay on David Malouf, I learned that Hawthorn Library held a copy of his first poetry collection, Bicycle and Other Poems (1970). I borrowed it, and, sadly, I returned it, too. Today, I rang the library to find the book.

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Submission to Cordite 86: NO THEME VII

No Theme VIThis project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2018 Annual Arts Grants Program.

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from Empirical

V Now I will walk again into this field of wreckage which is my starting place—On its stone heaps the tussock is dry stalks the colour of a scratch in glass and rattling fennel tendrils from the root—A single cloud …

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I A factory, the train line curving off to cross the motorway— between them this falling away of ground— two or three acres where for years the council trucks brought building rubble— mounds of shattered concrete, brick shards, bluestone and …

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The Inaugural Sydney City Poet: Lisa Gorton Interviews Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is the author of Fire Season (Giramondo 2009), was awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009, and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year in Poetry. This year, she is the inaugural Sydney City Poet.

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