Matt Hetherington

Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, and moderate self-promoter living in Brisbane. He has been writing poetry for over 30 years, and has published 4 poetry collections and over 300 poems. His first all-haiku/senryu collection For Instance was published in March 2015 by Mulla Mulla Press.


still at that dreamy stage where the days have become decades & one finally begins to comprehend the truth of being alone, face-down in the hospital doing my best to keep you in my heart, hypocrite lecturers & fans of …

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venetians are closing on another small day and you can see i’m complicated like a conquered face keep on keeping on and round things roll off each other then sink wishes come out like cockroaches that’s midnight for you to …

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The Anxiety of Affluence

can’t hide the tired beard, or unknow? what you’ve seen, absolutely? flat out screening, yes? it takes as much as it gives? even though all five walls are never quite right? but you’re not as guilty as the guillotine in …

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Translating Hidayet Ceylan and the Melbourne PEN Freespeak Reading

In his introduction to The Random House Book of 20th Century French Poetry, Paul Auster quotes the great French thinker Maurice Blanchot: ‘Translation is Madness.’ Anyone even beginning to attempt such an activity (perhaps, especially, when dealing with poetry) soon …

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Matt Hetherington Reviews David Brooks

The Balcony by David Brooks University of Queensland Press, 2008 In a review originally published in Heat #6, David Brooks praised Peter Boyle’s The Blue Cloud of Crying as being influenced by the tradition of Cante Jondo or deep song, …

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Sally Malley: Trunk

“I beckon like a lemon, like a feather” ~ Sam Sejavka   damn that rose! there you go – alcohol’s typos, elephant trees in boots, the body like a present goes stale in its box i say i am the …

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Straight from the Tank

On January 25, 2003 – the hottest Melbourne day since 1939 – David McLauchlan and Michael Ward began the practice of filming poetry readings for the Channel 31 TV program “Red Lobster”. As of late 2006, this process continues, and …

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4 Haiku

the man checking passports has undone sneakers   *   eating rice looking at fields of rice   *   little black bug – how long have you been on your back?   *   corpse awaits cremation – a …

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Syd Barrett’s Threnodic Devotion

When something is 'of the stars' (de sidera) we desire it (desideratus); when there are no stars, we have no desires; when we have no desires we are ready to die, or be silent.

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Matt Hetherington reviews Dan Disney

Dan Disney, The Velocity of Night Falling Hit & Miss Publications, 2003 It's reasonable to suggest that we live in somewhat Tragicomic times. A well-known satirist (whose name I forget) recently complained of being completely unable to mock the American …

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Matt Hetherington reviews Sea Peach

It seduces with its surfaces, impresses with the breadth of its knowledge of popular culture (although who around here doesn't have a vast amount of pop influences to draw on?), even as it makes a claim to some sort of academic credibility with a few snazzy literary allusions, but for me, it's a face with no heart. To this offering you might smile, say 'Thanks for a great night', and go on trawling.

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Matt Hetherington reviews Jordie Albiston

It may or may not be true that the road of excess leads to the palace of success. For this poet (who offers the confession that she goes ‘too far / Or not far enough’), such is the power of her manic/mantric energy that she admits, almost wordlessly, to no longer yearning for peace, and thus arrives at some humble sort of wisdom or acceptance.

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