Terry Jaensch

Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet/actor and monologist. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor (Cordite) Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004 he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio – since reworked and performed for theatre as ‘Orphan’s Own Project’. He was awarded an Asialink residency in Singapore where he worked collaboratively with poet Cyril Wong. The resulting work, Excess Baggage & Claim (transitlounge publishing), was launched in 2007. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. His work has been anthologized, most recently in Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Bengali and interpreted through classical Indian dance. He has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York.

Terry Jaensch Interviews Kim Ki-Taek

As I write this introduction, it occurs to me that the following interview constitutes my first unmediated communication with Kim Ki-taek (if we discount the technology through which we’ve communicated), that is to say a communication unmediated by a third, human, party.

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Gay/Poet/Korea: An Interview with Gabriel Sylvian on the Poetry of Gi Hyeong-do

Gay/Poet/Korea – it is not lost on me that with these three words I might well have been searching for myself, attempting to locate myself in a new context, a new country, but in the end the search produced Gi Hyeong-do.

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Air (공기)

Had I but the right cutlery, I could cut it but in this age of convenience and terror I am not to be trusted. I’ve a piece of plastic I must sharpen with my mind, that presently tears, no wipes, …

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Letter from Sungai Buloh | 숭아이 불로(Sungai Buloh)에서 온 편지

Emptying an urn half her size of mosquito larvae and water, the architect’s Australian wife tells me of her husbands sister’s suicide. The family never speak of it; the Japanese occupation of Singapore the need to keep her inside – …

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The Poet Asks His Love to Write Him (그에게 편지를 쓰라고 시인은 자신의 사랑에게 부탁한다)

After Lorca’s “Sonnets of Dark Love” Twink, if you are reading this ring me, SMS abbreviate or I am done for – dun 4 i tel u! The creek bed is risen, bike path beneath. Two days of constant rain, …

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Shark (상어)

“Father-killer and father-supplanter. Go in, and think on this.” – Sophocles Reportage: A man, a father taken today by shark white pointer, a thrash of white water whilst snorkelling with his son. A struggle then blood – in the eyes …

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Cyclist (싸이클리스트)

He tells me he is lonely, his lover has been murdered That was you? That was us. Motioning into distance his eyes away from the toilet block, dismounting his bike, keeping his helmet on; It was in all the papers. …

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Okay this was how I was going to start this editorial: As themes go, this issue's is, if nothing else, topical. Hillary Clinton's whole campaign in the run up to the presidential nomination will live or die on the basis …

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Calling Home

Terry Jaensch was poetry editor of Cordite for issues 12-15.