Ella O’Keefe

Review Short: Luke Beesley’s Balance

BalanceThe poems in Luke Beesley’s Balance, like Siobhan Hodge’s work in Picking Up The Pieces, tend towards brevity (with a few exceptions). In Hodge’s case we might consider this quality in relation to fragments, where the body and the reader’s attention is cut-up. Reading Beesley, the encounter is one that is instead cut-off – that is to say that this is poetry attuned to the momentary and to the sensing body moving through the world.

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Review Short: Siobhan Hodge’s Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the PiecesPicking Up the Pieces is a compact debut of eight poems from West Australian poet Siobhan Hodge. Its publisher, Wide Range Chapbooks, is a Cambridge based small press run by John Kinsella. Wide Range publishes poets such as Redell Olson, Rob Mengham and Drew Milne mixed in alongside young and emerging local poets, many of them students like Hodge (who in 2012 undertook a research residency in Cambridge). The collegial spirit of Wide Range and the relatively modest production values – Hodge’s book comes stapled in a photocopied card cover – suggests a publishing model that favours immediacy and ease of circulation, in a town where poetry and thinking are a constant activity.

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Basic Hut Methodology

take your platform boots off Kevin you’ve killed a deer to make your point but our tea and biscuit sensibilities will cope we forgive you you’re charming! hiding from your vanity likening molten glass to tartiflette in the fresh peat …

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Dagger & Twerk

light-up hip scabbard goosegrass woven jumpsuit syrup blackstrap a dram of honey your moves enact their etymology _sweet lips Q: I just want to know like the basics and specifics on it dancefloor is a swamp or creamcake ligule & …

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The Lee Marvin Readings: An Evening with Edmund Gwenn

The Lee Marvin Readings has run, off and on, since the 1990s. Its venue has changed a number of times – from Adelaide nightclubs like Supermild, to the Iris Cinema, to the charmingly Zurich-1917, bo-ho De La Catessan and the more robustly hard-drinking and confrontational Dark Horsey bookshop at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, where it now takes place. The sessions have been organised, run, staffed and emceed by poet and art critic Ken Bolton.

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Notebook Poems I-IV

I e-mail to the deep breaths department five goodberries unsampled the river brackish,         or perhaps actual bracken (slides around us) like koi, not good eating first taste of real life exclusion                 in small gloves                 couldn’t read the sandlewood fan codex …

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