- 108: DEDICATIONwith L Patterson & L Garcia-Dolnik 107: LIMINALwith B Li 106: OPENwith C SLowe & J Langdon 105: NO THEME 11with E Grills & E Stewart 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones
‘When people speak out in favor of a life of madness, they mean the cute, nice madness, not the disgusting or dangerous kind. The disgusting and dangerous kind is prioritized in language but not in life.’ — Aase Berg The …
Posted in 106: OPEN Tagged 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 …
Posted in 93: PEACH Tagged Autumn Royal
[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 …
Posted in 91: MONSTER Tagged Autumn Royal
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.
Posted in GUNCOTTON Tagged Alan Loney, Anne Elvey, Autumn Royal, Bonny Cassidy, Broede Carmody, Chris Mann, Claire Nashar, derek motion, Javant Biarujia, Jeanine Leane, Jen Crawford, John Hawke, Kent MacCarter, Kris Hemensley, Matthew Hall, mez breeze, Natalie Harkin, Omar Sakr, Rachael Briggs, Ross Gibson, Tanya Thaweeskulchai, Tony Birch, Zoë Sadokierski
‘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.
Posted in INTERVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Cecilia Vicuña
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.
Posted in GUNCOTTON Tagged Autumn Royal, Rosalind McFarlane
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 …
Posted in ESSAYS Tagged Autumn Royal, Lisa Lerkenfeldt, Lisa Robertson, Pauline Oliveros, Susan McClary
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’.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Dan Disney, Martin Langford
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 …
Posted in INTRODUCTIONS Tagged Autumn Royal, Kent MacCarter, Maria Takolander, Zoë Sadokierski
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.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Bel Schenk
‘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 …
Posted in 68: NO THEME IV Tagged Autumn Royal, Chris Mann, Hong-Kai Wang
Review Short: Omar Musa’s Here Come the Dogs
Primarily 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.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal
Review Short: Rebecca Jessen’s Gap
Winner 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.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Rebecca Jessen
Along the Highway, 1999
Written by: Autumn Royal Sound production by: Daniel Jenatsch Spoken by: Autumn Royal, Daniel Jenatsch, and Harriet Gregory [audio:http://cordite.org.au/audio/Highway99.mp3|titles=Along the Highway, 1999] Along the Highway, 1999 (7:23) Sun sparks against the cold curve of moon, sand returns to the colour …
Posted in 63: COLLABORATION Tagged Autumn Royal, Daniel Jenatsch, Harriet Gregory
Review Short: Todd Turner’s Woodsmoke
The poetry in Todd Turner’s debut collection Woodsmoke explores topographies of land and memory. Comparable to the approach of Australian poets such as Philip Hodgins and Brendan Ryan, many of Turner’s poems explore human interactions with rural landscapes. Turner’s biographical note indicates that his ‘parents were from farming families in the town of Koorawatha, situated on the Western Plains of New South Wales’ (v). Like Hodgins and Ryan, Turner is unafraid to include autobiographical references within many of his poems.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Todd Turner
After Louise Cotton’s Palmistry and Its Practical Uses My reason curls around—possibility—the practice of cheirosophy—the prediction of character as demarcated by the hand— each line & mark—sparks a meaning that deepens as the reader traces the heart line towards—Jupiter’s etching. …
Posted in 61: NO THEME III Tagged Autumn Royal
– after Emily Dickinson There’s nothing to shatter on this evening. The window is open, the neighbours may look. With my mouth held shut I fill the saucepan. Black marks, once boiled-over, flake into the water. I dwell in possibility, …
Posted in 59: GONDWANALAND Tagged Autumn Royal
Review Short: Rachael Briggs’s Free Logic
Winner of the 2012 Thomas Shapcott Prize, Free Logic is the debut collection from poet and philosopher Rachael Briggs. The book is divided into nine sections, each poetically exploring themes of love, identity, and sexuality. Briggs infuses her poetic explorations with surreal allegories, moments of metamorphosis and a constant teasing of the ‘logical’, which allow for her poetry to forge an opening towards new possibilities. Briggs strikingly connects insightful fantasies with philosophical considerations.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Autumn Royal, Rachael Briggs