John Forbes



John Forbes’s ‘Miraculous Fluidity’

In a book on comedy, philosopher Alenka Zupančič has inadvertently discovered the key to the correlation of late twentieth century Australian poet John Forbes’s mastery of cultural imitation and his deconstruction of the mechanics of national identity so often queried in his work. Zupančič, infusing Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Lacan, in a consideration of the relations assumed to exist between the vital and the mechanical, develops a theory of the comic as the maker of a ‘miraculous fluidity’.

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Interview with John Forbes (Ella O’Keefe edit)

John Forbes | by Juno Gemes Hazel de Berg’s recordings take place in the homes or work spaces of the subjects rather than a recording studio. This allows something of these places into the recording whether birdsong, traffic or an …

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Johns Forbes & Tranter: Reading and Discussion at Forbes Street Studios

Writer in residence at ANU with Robert Adamson and Nigel Roberts, 1987 | Image © Juno Gemes [Audio clip: view full post to listen]John Tranter and John Forbes, Forbes Street Studios, 1980 (55:00) Recording courtesy of John Tranter

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Ross Gibson’s Blustertown

SYDNEY.   It’s aqueous.   Shiny.   Shifty.   Stupid.   Braggart.   Gorgeous beyond measure.   Cruel.   Exorbitant.   A geist that puts hooks in where you do your hardest wanting. The town’s biggest fools are those who come from elsewhere and fall in love with it when they’re young. As a rule, these fools fall …

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Mark Garnett: On reading Ken Bolton's Three Poems for John Forbes Or, Poem for Betty

After meeting someone i kind of knew in the city for coffee at Pellegrini's i came home to my messy room. On the tram i was reading Ken Bolton's Three Poems for John Forbes and they have made me a …

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