Javant Biarujia

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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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Thirty-Six Views of the Parallax: Mark Young’s the eclectic world, Bandicoot habitat and lithic typology

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Introduction to Javant Biarujia’s Spelter to Pewter

Cover design by Zoë Sadokierski In Javant Biarujia’s poetry, language matters – matters as in important, and matter as a unifying substance, a material to be transformed, and in so doing, becomes transforming. Particles of language are pounded out, splintered, …

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Corey Wakeling Interviews Javant Biarujia

Javant Biarujia is an iconoclastic Australian poet, at once an unparalleled linguistic confabulator and an exponent of Melbourne avant-garde poetics since the 1970s. He is the author of seven collections, such as Calques (Monogene, 2002), Low/Life (Monogene, 2003) and pointcounterpoint: New & Selected Poems 1983 – 2008 (Salt, 2007), and numerous chapbooks. Biarujia’s work marks out its own historical forebears and familiars in a way that I believe – although absolutely in association with contemporary histories of poetry such as American Language poetry, Australian bricolage, and European surrealism – happens to hybridise baroque linguistic ingenuity with deconstructive collage and games of poetic reality that defy straightforward historical alignment.

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The German Consulate in Melbourne

As seen from the street the building was reminiscent of a German consulate in Melbourne. — GIORGIO DE CHIRICO … take any risks you like, but never listen to a deconstructionist. — CHRISTOPHER KOCH author, and grandson of J. A. …

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Plus Ça Change … 1981–2011

HOMO NEST RAIDED, QUEEN BEES ARE STINGING MAD — JERRY LISKER: New York Daily News, July 6, 1969. Report on the raid by the Tactical Patrol Force on the Stonewall Inn, a private gay club, at 57 Christopher Street. Listen. …

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X Marks the Parataxis: Louis Armand, John Kinsella and Jessica L Wilkinson

ParataxisDisplacement is apparent both geographically and textually in Letters from Ausland by Louis Armand, The Vision of Error by John Kinsella (subtitled, ‘A Sextet of Activist Poems’) and marionette by jessica l. wilkinson (written here all in lower-case and subtitled, ‘a biography of miss marion davies’). All three poets are or have been editors of literary magazines: Armand edits VLAK, out of Prague; Kinsella, SALT; and Wilkinson, Rabbit (why does this name always remind me of Wittgenstein’s drawing of a rabbit that can also be perceived as a duck?) Armand and Kinsella have also collaborated on a number of books.

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John Hawke Reviews Javant Biarujia and Michael Farrell

Resinations and open sesameFans of lists in Finnegans Wake will appreciate Javant Biarujia’s new book of poetry, Resinations. Many of the most amusing juxtapositions in the volume derive from the arrangement of proper names, drawn from (most) high and (very) low cultural references presented as cubistic materials in simultaneity.

Michael Farrell, on the other hand, a leading experimental poet of the next generation, is published by Giramondo – his previous volume, A Raiders Guide, was perhaps the most stylistically provocative book to have appeared with a recognised commercial publisher. Drawing on the Russian formalists’ exploration of the autonomous poem-as-machine, these radical fragmentations highlighted ‘The Word as Such’, and even ‘The Letter as Such’, in their concentration on the visual and sound properties of language.

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Bridie McCarthy reviews Yvette Holt, Javant Biarujia and Martin Harrison

Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt University of Queensland Press, 2008 pointcounterpoint: New and Selected Poems by Javant Biarujia Salt Publishing, 2007 Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems by Martin Harrison University of Western Australia Press, 2008 To read these three …

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