Martin Langford

Martin Langford’s most recent collection is The Human Project: New and Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009). He is the author of Microtexts (Island 2005), a book of poetics, and the editor of Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009).

Martin Langford Reviews Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander has grouped the poems in this, her second collection, to isolate three slightly different impulses in her work. Because the central section is comprised of poems whose point of view underlies those of sections one and three, I shall deal with it first. All of its poems explore the dark and unforgiving nature of the world.

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A History of Australian Silences

I The first was a cross-hatch of bodily lightning – a nerve-net of increase-sites danger-sites food-in-its-season. The first silence shook out its leg and sang low in the drone. There were no gaps between it and story. The first silence …

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What Audience? Which Festival?

Having recently worked as director of the Australian Poetry Festival (Burning Lines, April 2001), Martin Langford offers his contribution to the continuing discussion about how to present poetry to the public.

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