- 54: NO THEME V (submit away!) with Fiona Wright and Omar Sakr 53.0: THE END with Pam Brown (coming soon!) 52: TOIL with Carol Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with Luke Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with Bonny Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with John Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with Matthew Hall and Sophie Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with Tracy Ryan 48.1: CANADA with Kent MacCarter and Shane Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with Corey Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with Louis Armand and Helen Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with Michael Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with Felicity Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with Jan Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with Derek Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with Kent MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with Ann Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with Gig Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with Duncan Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with Josephine Rowe and Michael Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with Kent MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with Libby Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with Sarah Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with Sam Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with Astrid Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with Sean Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with Alan Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with Jill Jones
- Alice Allan Reviews Rabbit, Verge and Cuttlefish
- Review Short: Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger
- Review Short: Andy Jackson’s Immune Systems
- Submission to Cordite 54: NO THEME V Open!
- A Complex Contrarian of Occasions: Garry Thomas Morse’s Prairie Harbour
- Review Short: Geraldine Burrowes’s pick up half under
- Review Short: Simon West’s The Ladder
- Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, duet v of v
- 2015 Val Vallis Winners
- Haibun: History
- Joel Scott Reviews Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche Trilingual Anthology
- The Collapse of Space: On Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses
- Double Toil: TOIL Editorial
- A Book Which Is No Longer Discussed Today
- The Beneficent Radicalism of Prue Stent
- Interview with John Forbes (Ella O’Keefe edit)
- Image, Myth and Metaphor in Post-Industrial Landscaping: Edric Mesmer in Conversation
- Six Poems from Juan Diego Otero’s Los Tiempos del Ruido
- Two Poems by Olga Orozco
- from Marosa di Giorgio’s Funeral carriages laden with watermelons
- George Seferis’s ‘On a Winter Ray’
- Review Short: Luke Fischer’s The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems
- Review Short: Astrid Lorange’s How Reading is Written: a brief index to Gertrude Stein
- Galaxy of Crumbs
Poetry for Cordite 54: NO THEME V is guest-edited by Fiona Wright and Omar Sakr. This issue will be a glorious miscellany – no theme, no rules, no agenda, (no pants?) – a beautiful ambiguity. We want all of the …
I am pleased to announce that Lucy Van has joined the Cordite Poetry Review masthead as Short Reviews Editor. She will assume duties near the end of 2015, starting with all new short reviews commissioned at that time. Lucy Van …
Jim’s Meowing is Jim’s Cheesemaking and Jim’s Datum Pointing was Jim’s Nappy Service or Jim’s Husbandry for Jim’s Prescriptive Burning where Jim’s Reptile Handling at Jim’s Pawnbroking and Jim’s Wedding Portraits became Jim’s Plate Tectonics before Jim’s Flagpole Sitting or …
Throughout 2014, Judith Beveridge selected one poem per month to spotlight in Cordite Poetry Review, and she delivered excellent choices … writing a bit to each selection. We have compiled them all here in one article. Enjoy!
Poetry for Cordite 53: THE END is guest-edited by Pam Brown. Read Corey Wakeling’s interview of Pam from 2012. Let me start at the very end, the dead end, the living end, at wit’s end, the end of the line. …
OBJECT: Australian Design Centre, Thursday 25 June, 2015 I’m pleased to say that I was at the launch of the very first issue of Cordite Poetry Review, way back in 1997. Good heavens, is that eighteen years ago? The journal …
Selfie in Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden Poetry for Cordite 52: TOIL is guest-edited by Carol Jenkins I’m looking to meet the lone toiler, the staff, whole professions, whole guilds. What I want for TOIL are energetic and intelligent takes and insight …
We’re pleased to tumble out into the world these first four print collections in the new Cordite Books imprint. We had considered print collections for a few years, but the tipping point to actually publish them came in late November …
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The works that Ross Gibson has written and edited over the past thirty years could be classed as political aesthetics. In books like Seven Versions of an Australian Badland, chronicling the wretched historical miscreants of Queensland’s Brigalow country, or 26 Views of the Starburst World: William Dawes at Sydney Cove 1788–1791, speculatively tracing English astronomer William Dawes’s scientific work and his relationship with the Indigenous Eora people of Sydney Harbour in a few late years of the eighteenth century, Ross Gibson’s method is procedural. Seven Versions and 26 Views form a compositional design that he has described as ‘fractal’, allowing unfixed multiple views and patterns. The author’s practice of creative fragmentation, applied to the poems and short prose pieces in this new collection, eschews linearity and dull chronology.
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John Hawke’s forensic inquiries in this book are layered with casual erudition – Diderot, Czech poet Vladimir Holan – and locate the poem as transformative state. Many of these poems conclude with a mystical ascent into nature, reminiscent of Patrick White scenes in which the division between consciousness and the universe wavers, signifying that any reconciliation is epiphanic, claimed by art or religion. Yet nature belittles human effort – ‘The path to the point is marked by a scattering / of impermanent hand-made memorials’ – that is, the poet’s endeavours are precariously, though heroically, makeshift, overlaid; but nature is also that which threatens or devours, ‘digesting light’.
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Since moving from New Zealand to Australia back in 2001, Alan Loney has carried on a prolific, internationally recognised career in Melbourne. Crankhandle, Loney’s latest published work, follows on from 2014’s chapbook collaboration with Max Gimblett, eMailing flowers to Mondrian, and the books from Five Islands Press, Nowhere To Go (2007) and Fragmenta Nova (2005). Borrowing his contemporary Laurie Duggan’s term, Loney can be read as a ‘late objectivist’: worrying at that particular American formal legacy, with its attendant philosophical and ethical concerns.