Jean Kent

Robert Wood Reviews Duncan Hose, Jean Kent and Alyson Miller

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Presence: A Chapbook Curated by Graham Nunn

When I was invited by Cordite to curate this chapbook, my mind filled with one word … presence.

Presence can be defined as:

The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence.

Immediate proximity in time or space.

The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign.

A person who is present.

A person’s bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention: ‘He continues to possess the presence, mental as well as physical, of the young man’ (Brendan Gill).

The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience: stage presence.

A supernatural influence felt to be nearby.

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Under the Native Frangipani

Ambushed by bees, I’m stopped at my father’s favourite bivouac. While I’m bucketing water to save what’s lived on long after him, through a whirr like warplanes, drought shudders petals down. My father in the last foggy weather of his …

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