David Prater


You must change your life RAINER MARIA RILKE     you stores three your shavings you leaves imaginary twisted you three evils like the fly ripples of smoke called stones hands you clutched gauged muddy ropes clay were shotgun gazing …

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David Prater Interviews John Leonard

In December 2007 Canberra-based poet John Leonard wrapped up his innings as poetry editor of Overland, the Melbourne-based journal whose motto is Temper democratic, bias Australian.

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Ryan Scott Reviews David Prater and MTC Cronin

It would be unfair to David Prater and MTC Cronin to construct some tenuous link between their new collections for the sake of this review: each volume is stylistically unique, showcasing two skilled, albeit different, voices on the Australian poetry scene. While in Prater we have a poet for the digital age who can twist its soundscapes and textures and still retain an artistic core, in Cronin we have an author who demonstrates again her understanding of timeless themes such as pain, loss and love, and attests to their permanence.

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Q&A with Ryan Paine

We've all read those interviews where the interviewer begins by making a few remarks about his or her subject – perhaps something cliched about a 'piercing gaze' or 'bubbly persona' – as a way of easing the reader into what promises to be a puff piece or a booster article …

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David Prater: Hits & Online Readership

Frank Moorhouse's article in The Sunday Age (full text here) discusses the ongoing Meanjin 'controversy' in a much-needed context: that of the troubles currently facing print magazines, as well as some of the problems facing online magazines in Australia.

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Generation of Zeroes

Cordite 25 – Generation of Zeroes is now online, featuring new works by a whole bunch of digitally cool poets including Carol Jenkins, Derek Motion, Elena Knox, Jill Jones, Joel Deane, Klare Lanson and more! Our special guest poetry editor …

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David Prater: Exes & Zeroes

sing/ a song of/exes & zeroes/ just one/ now down a maple lane/we walk/together/talk of breaking up/getting back together/forever/never whatever /slam doors/ walking through them/ first glances/second go/ looks that kill or maim/ circumstance/rhythms/ return home/clothes/off or on/unanswered calls/ last …

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Greetings to the New Malleys

Ern Malley, the original dromedary of Australian poetry has been anthologised, criticised and mythologised beyond belief. It's perhaps sobering to reflect that while Ern Malley's creators, his twin Gepettos James Macauley and Harold Stewart along with his original sponsor Max Harris have passed from this world, Ern's legend lives on. What is it about Ern Malley that refuses to die?

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Abby S. Malley: Dürer: Innsbruck (2005)

ABBY S. MALLEY is a professional llama wrangler who grew up in the

Victorian town of Ouyen. This is her first publication and she would like to

dedicate this poem to the memory of her beloved father.

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David Prater Interviews John Tranter

In the following interview with David Prater, John discusses his editorial philosophy, the future of the global internet and the mystery of his missing moustache.

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Dead Poem Office

I read the last rites over your submission today & since our procedures have been streamlined I'm delighted & at the same time proud to say That we've found a place for your poetry here. Give us your poems & …


Editorial Intervention

Usually I despise the practice whereby editors place their own work in an issue of the publication they're editing. Apart from denying a place to someone whose work is probably better, such actions often signal a kind of desperation, a …

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Domesticated Enemies

Our 21st issue, Domestic Enemy, sees Cordite finally obtain its majority! From our humble beginnings in 1997, it's been a long and dusty road, filled with many pit-stops, refuels, vehicle and driver changes, roadblocks, fake abductions, detours and [insert your …

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Q&A with Ian McBryde

Domain is without exception the most difficult and challenging poetry collection I have ever tackled. It involved almost four years of steady research and writing. It had a profound effect on me, and caused many a night of uneasy sleep. I found myself quite overcome by a lot of the imagery and literature, which hung around me in a sad, invisible, cloying sort of way.” Ian McBryde talks about his latest collection of poetry.

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Searching for the Young Haiku Rebels

“What is it about haiku that cannot be defeated?” asked Jim Kacian, one of the founders of the World Haiku Association, in a paper delivered at the first conference of the WHA in Croatia, 2000. It's a good question, one …

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David Prater Interviews Andrew Cox

The Fauves have been making music for sixteen years. Having risen from humble Mornington Peninsula beginnings they have witnessed the excesses and stupidity of the circus that is Oz Rock. Singer/ guitarist Andrew Cox took time out from the recording …

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David Prater Interviews Margaret Phillips

The aim of the National Library and its partners is to archive all Australian online publications that have significant individual research value, as well as a representative sample of other publications and web sites that collectively provide a picture of the Internet in Australia and what Australians are communicating through it at a given point in time.

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Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution Redefining “critical work” in our students, and, ironically, in the Name of France, our aim is to insert left margins into what we have Here, both in teacher-student and theorist. Here …

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David Prater Interviews Justin Treyvaud

Justin Treyvaud and Bec Lean published a literary journal by the name of mod_piece for two years between October 2001 and October 2003. A grand total of 22 issues were produced in this time (because they took January off each …

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David Prater Interviews Coral Hull

Australian poetry needs to be more like entertainer Ricky Martin. It needs to be both sexy and spiritual. It needs to bring us back from the dead.

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Q&A with the Spierigs

There are some characters, specifically the cop, who is an extreme example of an Australian personality, and when we thought about the six people who would carry this movie, they would all have to have very distinct personalities and somebody like that is definitely different to the Marian character [he of the three barrelled shotgun fame – ed.] … I mean, there’s never been an Aussie zombie comedy before.

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David Prater experiences Roo-ku (LIVE)

LIVE: Roo-ku (Overload Poetry Festival) Saturday 23 August 2003 I was flattered to receive an invitation last month to MC a reading put on by the Overload Poetry Festival with the mischievous title of “Roo-ku” – as in Australian haiku, …

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David Prater Interviews Nick Whittock

Melbourne poet and raconteur Nick Whittock recently took time out from writing his inimitable cricket poems in order to face 12 questions sent down the wires by friend and fellow cricket tragic, Sam Kidman.

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Q&A with David Penny

David Penny is the creator of Portable Poetry, a website where you can virtually assemble a customised book of poetry, which Penny then constructs in the real world, using traditional book-binding methods. David Prater fired off some questions via e-mail.

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