Autumn Royal

Acting in Awe

The phone kept ringing & even though I was holding scissors to cut the cord it only took three more slow rings for me to become defenceless, cloaking my dressing gown over my shoulders as I announced myself into the …

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[Regarding] The Pain of Others

‘What does it mean to protest suffering, as distinct from acknowledging it?’ – Susan Sontag Since many of the plotlines explored throughout my plays have started leaking into my current reality, I’m now publicly admitting to embracing other people’s anguishes …

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20 Poets, a Free Anthology from Cordite Books

The geographic barriers that can, at times, hinder Australian literature are no longer relevant, and poetry communities around the world must be enlightened by the commanding, demanding and exciting trajectory of contemporary Australian poetics.

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‘We can wake up if we wish’: Autumn Royal Interviews Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a multidisciplinary Chilean artist who describes her practice as dwelling in the not yet. Vicuña forms and disentangles meaning with poetry, oral performances, filmmaking, criticism and activism.

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Rosalind McFarlane and Autumn Royal in as Commissioning Editor and Interviews Editor

Cordite Poetry Review has been down a few people since the departure of Corey Wakeling and Robert Wood last May, though they will be far from missing in future pages of the journal. But I am delighted to announce that Autumn Royal will step into a newfangled Interviews Editor role, one with a specific focus on new writers and artists arcing across (and back and …) the Australian and global scenes. Why have one Commissioning Editor when you can have two? To that, very enthused to announce that Rosalind McFarlane will join the fold as the first.

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Documentation: Molten Upset’s Poetry & Noise

Hannah Earles reads from poems written on her bed sheets while Natasha Havir Smith plays electric violin. Molten Upset is a collective name for us – Autumn Royal and Lisa Lerkenfeldt – and we were stimulated by a kind of …

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Autumn Royal Reviews Martin Langford and Dan Disney

Matters of identity in relation to land are a major concern for poets writing in Australia. In the introduction to The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (2009) John Kinsella points out that since its earliest forms Australian poetry expresses ‘a sense of urgency about communicating the uniqueness and significance of the Australian landscape, and the relationship between individuals and community and country/place’.

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Introduction to Autumn Royal’s She Woke & Rose

Cover design by Zoë Sadokierski She Woke & Rose introduces us to a poet, Autumn Royal, who is unafraid to spark light in the darkest of places. The poems in this impressive debut collection illuminate the uneasy space of the …

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Review Short: Bel Schenk’s Every Time You Close Your Eyes

Bel Schenk’s third poetry collection, Every Time You Close Your Eyes, is sparsely written, yet deeply self-aware. Taking the form of a verse narrative, the book is a series of poems exploring events commonly referred to as the ‘New York City blackouts of 1977 and 2003’, similar in circumstance, yet as Schenk demonstrates, vastly different due to the temporal space between them.

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‘in the elevator, heading for the 23rd floor’

[After Hong-Kai Wang’s A Conceptual Biography of Chris Mann] ‘i mean am i Wrong to prefer your version of me?’ – Chris Mann ‘It begins with affections. It departs from one’s desire to construct a biography of an artist’s life …

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Review Short: Omar Musa’s Here Come the Dogs

Here Come the DogsPrimarily known as a performance poet and rapper, Omar Musa has embarked on another textual form with his latest publication, Here Come the Dogs. Written in a combination of verse and prose, Here Comes the Dogs offers an intimate portrait of three young men negotiating issues of identity and marginalisation in an unnamed Australian city. Musa, who is Malaysian-Australian, positions his poetry and prose in a manner that allows for his book to confront themes surrounding cultural and ethnic identities, intersectional discrimination and problematic expressions of masculinity and power.

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Review Short: Rebecca Jessen’s Gap

GapWinner of the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Best Emerging Author, Gap is Rebecca Jessen’s debut verse novel and a bold entrance into a strong line of Australian verse novels.

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