Kent MacCarter



Submission to Cordite 108: DEDICATION

This issue asks for your devotions, your gestures of esteem and affection, your hot takes on the solemn and fanatical. It delights in submissions seeking abandonment and surrender to a goal or cause.

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James Jiang on as Literature Essays Editor

I’m honoured to announce that James Jiang will be taking up the helm of Literature Essays Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. His care, craft and academic nous is peerless. James Jiang is a writer, editor, and recovering academic based in …

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Rory Green on as Games Literature Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Rory Green will be taking up the helm of Games Literature Editor, and to finally get back to using the online space and capabilities more consistently than we have the past decade.

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KRG Poets Award 2022

In partnership with FNAWN, we are proud to publish the winning poems from the 2022 KRG Poets Award. The award honours the life and creative work of Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert.

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Submission to Cordite 106: OPEN

For OPEN, we’re interested in doublings, triplicates etcetera, and/or play and suggestion.

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Submission to Cordite 107: LIMINAL

Liminal and Cordite are seeking poems by Asian Australian writers.

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Submission to Cordite 103: AMBLE

Forthcoming …

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Submission to Cordite 102: GAME

A game is an environment navigated by apparent rules and structured by invisible rules. All of these (and the game) can be broken if you know where to look.

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SINGAPORE Editorial

We consciously eschewed the substantial but well-represented body of Singaporean poetry originally written in English, and instead sought out voices from Tamil, Malay, Chinese and more which have not been as well circulated in the anglophone literary world.

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Submission to Cordite 101: NO THEME 10

Images courtesy of Jeanine Leane and John Kinsella. From now, and throughout 2021, we’re celebrating 25 years of publishing. Milestones include the publication of Cordite Poetry Review’s 100th issue in February, Cordite Books’ 40th print title, and the new free …

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Submission to Cordite 100: BROWNFACE

The brownface caricature of Jonah Takalua – as created and played by comedian Chris Lilley in the television show Jonah from Tonga – has been haunting Australia for twelve years.

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Introduction to Em König’s Breathing Plural

Will we miss nature, asks Em König in Breathing Plural? In ‘dreams of stale breath’, maybe. Or ‘in another life, on another planet … maybe’ (echoing The Only Ones’ only hit). Glenn Albrecht says in Earth Emotions, ‘It [nature] effectively no longer exists’.

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Submission to Cordite 97: PROPAGANDA

Information can be propagated to divide or to unite. It doesn’t have to lie, it doesn’t even have to frame the truth.

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Tell Me Like You Mean It 3

In curating this chapbook I’m not sure I feel closer to answering these questions: certainly they are never stagnant … But I do feel closer to poetry’s resistance to answer these questions, which does circle back to some kind of answer to my last question – we return to poetry not because we have an answer, but instead return in a process of regeneration.

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Submission to Cordite 96: NO THEME IX

No theme, no rules, except for one: send us your best poems.

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Submission to Cordite 94: EARTH

Why EARTH? Because we are of it, because we are destroying it, because there is nowhere else.

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Submission to Cordite 93: PEACH

A ripe peach may seem the embodiment of the good life, but in this issue, PEACH also stands for the bitterness of brutality as well as the richness of resistance.

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Submission to Cordite 92: NO THEME VIII

I’m looking for work ‘with head, heart and guts,’ as Bei Dao says.

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Bella Li on as Associate Publisher

I’m honoured to announce that Bella Li will be joining Cordite Books as Associate Publisher. There is much activity with the books, and her masterful eye, publishing nous, and creativity will be a welcome and necessary addition.

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Alex Creece on as Production Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Alex Creece is joining the Cordite Poetry Review fold as Production Editor, joining us from her time in the Cordite / Monash University Summer Term Internship Program.

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Submission to Cordite 91: MONSTER

Kanye West said it himself – everybody knows – then Nicki Minaj out-rapped him … then Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B. Give me monster feuds and battles. Give me Conor McGregor attacking a bus. Give me monsters in the Oval …

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Submission to Cordite 89: DOMESTIC

DomesticI invite you to lean into this DOMESTIC sphere in all its homely undoing. Use words like beautiful bait to seduce hearts with razor-sharp decolonising intent and rupture the masquerading shape of cosy bliss, as only a poem can.

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Submission to Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER

TransqueerTRANSQUEER is a call for you to say something that maybe you haven’t been able to say before. It asks you to find poetry in / between lines, binaries and stultifying categorisations; from the life of flesh, from inside the bleating, many-chambered heart of gender and sexuality.

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