INTERVIEWS



Interview with John Forbes (Ella O’Keefe edit)

John Forbes | by Juno Gemes Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work spaces of the subjects rather than a recording studio. This allows something of these places into the recording whether birdsong, traffic or an …

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Image, Myth and Metaphor in Post-Industrial Landscaping: Edric Mesmer in Conversation

Image courtesy of Ami Lake Edric Mesmer’s of monodies & homophony won the 2014 Outriders Selection, selected by Jerry McGuire, and was published in 2015 by the Outriders Poetry Project. The following interview took place over email and across neighbouring …

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Angelina Saule Interviews Mohammed Bennis

Poet and translator Mohammed Bennis began his career as a poet in Morocco in the 1960s, at a time when the free verse movement was taking the Arab intellectual world by storm with the Beirut-based journal shi’r, with the Syrian poet Adonis at the helm.

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Antigone in Aotearoa: Interview with Kefala (O’Keefe edit)

Antigone Kefala | Sydney Morning Herald | 2015 Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work spaces of the subjects rather than a recording studio. This allows something of these places into the recording whether birdsong, traffic …

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Elena Gomez Interviews Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin is an LA-based poet, performance artist and teacher. Her work often explores performances of gender, femininity, celebrity and labour. She has written books of poems, including her most recent, E! Entertainment, and her recent exhibitions include Body Anxiety, a collective and online show, as well as Cloud 9, for New Hive, in which she asked women what they did for money while recreating a live ‘sex cam’ performance of their responses. She is the writer-in-residency for the 2015 Queensland Poetry Festival in late August 2015. I’ve been interested in her work for a number of years now, and found her overall poetics a quite rigorous intellectual project that was also amusing, open and honest. I managed to catch Kate between her busy schedule to ask her a few questions about recent and upcoming work, faceless Birkin bags and The Hills.

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Jessica Wilkinson Interviews Anna Jackson

New Zealand poet and academic Anna Jackson’s presence easily fills a large room. At the Verse Biography: Truth or Beauty? conference in Wellington last November (of which Jackson was one of the three organisers), her enthusiasm for lively poetic discussion and debate is clear – abundant questions and wild tangents exhibit a mind tumbling with ideas bursting to be explored.

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Interview with Dorothy Hewett (O’Keefe remix)

Dorothy Hewett | Ali Burns | The Hoopla | 2015 Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work spaces of the subjects rather than a recording studio. This allows something of these places into the recording whether …

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Interview with Brett Whiteley (O’Keefe remix)

‘Brett Whiteley at Baudelaire’s Grave, c. 1989’ | by Unknown | gelatin silver photograph | 14.3 x 9.3cm | National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2010 Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work …

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Bonny Cassidy Interviews Sophie Collins

I said comforting things to the scaffold but she only seemed to lean more heavily against the side of the church. We are rarely independent structures she said before she dropped a bolt pin which released a long section of …

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Johns Forbes & Tranter: Reading and Discussion at Forbes Street Studios

Writer in residence at ANU with Robert Adamson and Nigel Roberts, 1987 | Image © Juno Gemes [Audio clip: view full post to listen]John Tranter and John Forbes, Forbes Street Studios, 1980 (55:00) Recording courtesy of John Tranter

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Prithvi Varatharajan Interviews Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander is an Australian poet with Finnish heritage. Takolander lives in Geelong, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University. She has published a book of academic criticism, on South American magical realism, called Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (2007); three books of poetry: Narcissism (2005), Ghostly Subjects (2009), and The End of the World (2014); and a book of short fiction, The Double (2013); a novel is forthcoming from Text.

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Elena Gomez Interviews Jahan Ramazani

From opposite sides of the world (east coasts of USA and Australia respectively), US scholar Jahan Ramazani and I began an email correspondence, before meeting face-to-face while he was in Sydney for the AMSN2: Transnational Modernisms Conference in December 2014, where he delivered a keynote address. I was particularly interested in his recent work about the dialogic components of poetic genres, their historical contexts and how they related to transnationalism within and beyond poetics. We discussed how these elements interact and resonate in the world, creolisation processes, postcolonialism and the instability of national boundaries.

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