Dominic Symes

Invisible Walls: Poetry as a Doorway to Intercultural Understanding

The selection of poems we offer here is written by poets participating in a two-year intercultural exchange program between Korean and Australian poets.

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Korean Grocer

I can sit here forever in the coffee shop beside the Korean Grocer watching Brunswick St as the lights come on like in Hyper-reactive (the award-winning poem by Melody Paloma) feeling like cardboard in the rain …it won’t last! yells …

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Paul Verlaine’s pistol

rings out through poetry like a town hall clock in a village where poetry hides like a pill in a cabinet (entropy & all that) leave your text messages unread your heroes unsung suggests the band in long coats supplying …

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Tipping point (‘Blues for skip’)

my skin is deathly pale which is about the only thing I have in common with Keats if this were the nineteenth century I’d worry if I really was consumptive or just capital R romantic at present all my shirts …

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HYPERTHYROIDISM: Lucy Van Reviews Shastra Deo and Dominic Symes

I spent much of 2023 inadvertently giving Shastra Deo’s The Exclusion Zone the silent treatment. I felt, for reasons now irrelevant, consigned to my own bathetic exclusion zone, as if the book were a forbidden, inaccessible text. So exclusive: as if to read The Exclusion Zone would be in violation of the text’s manifest function.

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Dirty Hit

do you ever find yourself reading poems just to see what people who actually get published are writing these days? or sniff your clothes in the washing basket even though you know they’re dirty? I do it’s like I realised …

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Security Questions (True Vulnerability)

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. – Brené Brown Is this the light refracting innocently through a droplet of rain I’m seeing trapped in …

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Lunchtime Variations: Dominic Symes Interviews Peter Bakowski and Ken Bolton

I became interested in how Ken and Peter worked with one another, with an eye to discovering the conditions which allow poetic collaborations to remain fresh and full of humour, in the same way people examine the diets of people in Blue Zones, like Okinawa and Ikaria.

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Tell Me Like You Mean It 4

With the glorious task of commissioning writers for a new collection of sincere, heartfelt writing for Tell Me Like You Mean It volume 4, I found it took longer than usual.

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Beginning and Ending with a Line from Hera Lindsay Bird

love comes back harder falling in love with you for the second time is trying to sail back to the harbour against a headwind that I hardly felt as a tailwind sailing out so confident though I’ve never been on …

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Greta Thunberg Ode

children the size of adults pester me with questions like how big is your carbon footprint? I mean yes I’m a minor poet not a major corporation but I’d still prefer being taken to task by someone with a stake …

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Review Short: Eddie Paterson’s redactor

As a physical object with an online extraction, Eddie Paterson’s new book of poems, redactor, presents the performance of mark-making in an ever expanding digital sphere. The juxtaposition between the white of the page and the black of the ink has long provided a site for textual collision, one that was used to great effect by the concrete poets and the French Symbolists.

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Ekphrasis as ‘Event’: Poets Paint Words and the ‘Performance’ of Ekphrasis in Australia

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery (NRAG) in 2007, Lisa Slade and Peter Minter co-curated the exhibition Poets Paint Words. The two curators commissioned some of Australia’s best poets to write poems in response to a selection of paintings held in the NRAG archive.

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