Derek Motion

Derek Motion lives with his family in the Western Riverina region of NSW where he works as an Arts Development Officer. He has been writing poetry for many years, and quite a few of these pieces have been first published with Cordite. He was previously director of The Booranga Writers' Centre, and has edited fourW twice. His first collection, lollyology, was published in 2012.


the intro credits font crumbles to a song it’s a galaxy of concern, one wherein you lack air. the scenery comes frosted. tell me your times, specific bare feet on the floorboards: locate it, see i’ve got you for real …

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perfect teeth

filling glasses to an equal level, quantifying sex, it’s harbour-life. when we walk we progress. overcorrecting my hair for the wind & you say ‘this flower smells good to me’. my Melbourne-centric smile my pronouncements more purposeful, fairness is the key …

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Cordite 44: Gondwanaland looks to a place in our pre-history, a time of supercontinents. How do poets connect with or make use of such an idea?

This theme was thrust upon me. But I didn’t mind then and I don’t mind now, because it’s one of those themes wherein the specificity of the notion seems to force poets into imaginative leaps. Besides, I wanted this gig (years ago, I mentioned to David Prater, former Managing Editor, that I wanted to be considered for a guest editing spot). I love that every issue is exciting and diverse, that every guest editor introduces me to a new poet. Now I’ve done it.

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Submission to Cordite 44: GONDWANALAND open!

Poetry for Cordite 44: GONDWANALAND will be guest-edited by Derek Motion with featured artists Maxine Beneba Clarke and Favianna Rodriguez. What does Gondwanaland mean to Motion? There is no intended prescriptive statement or gestalt. The name suggests a shared history …

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José Tidon Rhianne Grieve tharookiebeats Daniel Young Omar Chmaisse Kimberley Seeto Dimitra Harvey Initially NO Omar J. S Jess Murray Abdullah Noman Nathan Smith alan clarke Aya Najmaldeen Miro Sandy Vinesh Eng Kiat Tan John Upton robertgray58 Jenny Campbell David …

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punch & paw out a slippery motif post tourist hotel shots smack it down all fourths-&-fifthsy while the event gloss still burns white chase the midi sync & loop up in a drizzled morning snap to the rotodrum drone & …

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inadequate stovetop

i lap up macadamia fuzz in a middle aged stroll of the ‘nature’. espying a roof rack means change the world instead, or try on sunglasses ingested by a seven-eleven, or read emily bitto’s poem & feign a partner’s formal …

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TINA Reflections

derekmotionLiterary festivals happen again and again in Australia but you'll probably miss most of them. Even if you do reside in a major coastal city, then still, you'll miss things. I know. I used to not care so much, but now I read blogs and keep tabs on the activities of a lot of Australian writers; so I am privy to all the festival happenings, all the goss, and I am naturally left feeling left out. Why can't I go to these cool things if so many other people can?

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make use of the

and back slid her must with many men i hole or save to drop your easy tall cord into soil shift day due tell cars time mugs mean last as next hair wood were read clay rags fire to sell …

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design brief.pdf

the hard drive a still hum, a natural pilot light to goad essentialism, wind bringing things out into the rampant today of an open room. 'mojo' skulks away misunderstood. a curtly folded media-release flutter is your orchestra rustle. i'm lacking …

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fate of the species

poets x, y, & z at different times. we talk of stray things – x mentions Hawkesbury Country more than once, as if you can't walk through it, not without feeling an owner's 'presence'. y & i imagine who would …

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Michael Dransfield’s Innocent Eyes

When you think of ways to interrogate innocence, you will sooner or later come to a moral dichotomy. It can be unpackaged as either good or bad. It can oppose guilt, and by implication your innocence allows that you have …

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