- 108: DEDICATIONwith L Patterson & L Garcia-Dolnik 107: LIMINALwith B Li 106: OPENwith C SLowe & J Langdon 105: NO THEME 11with E Grills & E Stewart 104: KINwith E Shiosaki 103: AMBLEwith E Gomez and S Gory 102: GAMEwith R Green and J Maxwell 101: NO THEME 10with J Kinsella and J Leanne 100: BROWNFACE with W S Dunn 99: SINGAPOREwith J Ip and A Pang 97 & 98: PROPAGANDAwith M Breeze and S Groth 96: NO THEME IXwith M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHwith M Takolander 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRICAN DIASPORAwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones
Diary Poem: Uses of the Nobel Prize
In her comment on my poem about Borges in Geneva —where he and the Archetypal Critic from Australia, on the blue shores of the Lake, haunted each other, both bluely haunted by the Nobel Prize—a reviewer remarked she could think …
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Diary Poem: Uses of Dreams
I have been reading Coleridge on dreams -in an email to the author from Lisa Gorton) I dream that the dead are living. Katharine says soft dreams where the loved dead seem reciprocal and living are really nightmares to suffer, …
Posted in 86: NO THEME VII Tagged Jennifer Maiden
Icon and Iconoclasm
Lachlan Brown called, in an interview with Fiona Wright, a quote from my essay The Suburban Problem of Evil his favourite one on the Suburbs: saying I said, “nowhere else can the eternal and the eternally reversing dialectic between icon …
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World of Feelings: Ghassan Hage, Bruce O’Neill, Magic Steven and the Affective Dimensions of Globalisation
Drive anywhere in Australia for long enough and you’ll pass a Bunnings Warehouse. Bunnings, a titanic home improvement merchant whose buying power enables the offering of low prices on products relating to the building and maintenance of the home, was around when I grew up in Australia, but I think my family went to a different, no-name hardware store.
Posted in ESSAYS Tagged Bruce O’Neill, Ghassan Hage, Jennifer Maiden, Lucy Van, Magic Steven, Siegfried Kracauer
Simon Eales Reviews Jennifer Maiden and Stefanie Bennett
Stefanie Bennett woke up alongside Jennifer Maiden one morning, remarking, ‘An enemy is nothing to sneeze at: / Often his eau-de-Cologne’s / All embracing’ (‘Stratum’). This might be the too-cute, not-clever start to an amalgamating take on these two books from two poets with similar concerns and different styles.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Jennifer Maiden, Simon Eales, Stefanie Bennett
George and the Holy Holiday
George Jeffreys woke up in a sand lagoon on a Wollongong beach on his back. He had just relaxed enough to close his eyes, when a group of holidaymakers grew concerned above him, debating if he’d died. George reached warily …
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David McCooey Reviews Jennifer Maiden
Jennifer Maiden’s Drones and Phantoms opens with ‘Diary Poem: Uses of Live Odds’, a poem that juxtaposes – in a way characteristic of Maiden’s intensely synthesising work – politics, aesthetics, and gambling. Poetry, of course, is a kind of gamble, one in which the stakes are at once ridiculously low (financially speaking) and ridiculously high (personally speaking). Writing a poem – like any creative act – is a risky venture. One’s subjective experience of being creative never fully underwrites the created artefact. And as a communicative act, poetry runs the ever-present risk of obscurity and/or inconsequence.
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Gig Ryan Reviews Emma Lew, Bella Li, Kate Lilley, and Jennifer Maiden
Elegy intensifies around the objects that remain, those keepsakes that must signify a spent life. In Kate Lilley’s Realia, the first poem ‘GG’ is an auction listing from Greta Garbo’s estate in which the repetition of Garbo’s name intones like a docked requiem. Only things exist timeless, immutable, saleable, as shining representatives of the once-living. Life’s fraught event is reduced to its acquisitions, and transformed, satirised, into capitalism’s ultimate wearer of labels: the former consumer of commodities is now more amenably cast purely as a selection of those objects, whose value her absence increases.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Bella Li, Emma Lew, Gig Ryan, Jennifer Maiden, Kate Lilley
Diary Poem: Uses of Silence
The great basso profundo Vladimir Miller explained that the reason Russia loves the bass voice is that there are no musical instruments in Church so that the profoundly resonant singer holds the sound of the choir together. When I mention …
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Foreword Viidikas: Reintroduction of the ’68 Poet
John Tranter, renowned Australian poet and occasional but incisive chronicler of the driving forces behind those Australian poets now classified as ‘The Generation of ‘68’ once wrote that the ‘Generation of ‘68’ was all about:
‘not the replacing of the old by the new (which soon becomes the established), but by the continual recognition of the need to ‘make it new’, to break down the urge to establish reputations and an entrenched position.’
Anecdotes surround Vicki Viidikas. None is definitive.
Posted in ESSAYS Tagged Barry Scott, Jennifer Maiden, john tranter, Kerry Leves, Vicki Viidikas
Chair Insider: An Intimate Access in Photo Narratives
Andrew Sayers, director of the National Portrait Gallery, wrote of my work, ‘Trust is an important quality in portraiture. Trust is self evident in Juno Gemes’ photographic portraits’. The portraits published here were created in trust with literary friends.
Posted in ARTWORKS Tagged David Gilbey, Gig Ryan, Jennifer Maiden, John Dale, Juno Gemes, Martin Harrison, Michael Griffiths, Neil Astley, Peter Robb, robert adamson, Toby Davidson, Vicki Viidikas
Nick Terrell Reviews Jennifer Maiden
Since Jennifer Maiden began publishing in the early 1970s, her work has been charged with a commitment to frame the ethical challenges presented by manifestations of evil. It’s a commitment that was stated plainly in the title of her second volume, The Problem of Evil.
Posted in BOOK REVIEWS Tagged Jennifer Maiden, Nick Terrell