Simeon Kronenberg

Simeon Kronenberg Reviews Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s Sergius Seeks Bacchus

Sergius and Bacchus were fourth century soldiers in the Roman imperial army and also devout Christians and lovers. They kept their religion and sexuality secret but once their Christianity was discovered they were to suffer terrible torture and eventual death as martyrs, hence their sainthood into the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church (centred at that time in Byzantium).

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Gippsland, Victoria I remember him coming down the hill, a lop-sided thing, sort of rickety as he bumped towards us – from where his father lay bloodied, neck scythed like pampas weed and his mother leaning over, a scream choking …

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Review Short: Simeon Kronenberg’s Distance

In his debut collection, Distance, Simeon Kronenberg establishes himself as a poet of inclusive intimacy, both as oddly as that sits as a phrase and in relation to the collection’s title. Intimacy is, of course, personal and the vicarious imagined.

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Review Short: Ken Bolton’s Species of Spaces

Ken Bolton’s thinking is never too relaxed, but moves restlessly and anxiously, across people, cultural references and disparate locations even as he writes, or so it appears. And the resultant poems also seem to be unfiltered by any desire on the poet’s part to be ‘poetic’.

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No Poem for Weeks Now

for David Brooks Nothing for weeks, no urgent need, no jolt. Instead, I sit in a café reading, only occasionally looking up to see students wearing expensive headphones, as they text or talk on their mobiles. I think about my …

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Rilke, Cavafy, Hölderlin: Simeon Kronenberg Interviews Luke Fischer

The following interview mostly took place between June and October 2015, mainly via email. Luke was traveling in Europe during much of this period.

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My Caesar

He noticed me in the line up and winked, smiling. Then he moved on to greet the rest of the men. But when we returned to our fires, his equerry came, panting: “Come son, he wants to meet you, come …

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Love in Contemporary American Gay Male Poetry in the Works of Richard Siken, Eduardo C Corral and Jericho Brown

Gay poets, in the main, are determined to claim difference by questioning orthodoxies that corral issues about sexuality and love − and the functioning of these constructs within an urban, heterosexist reality − issues always pertinent to gay male writers because it is they who must bear the burden of political self-consciousness in a heterosexist world.

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Judith Beveridge’s Twelve Highlights from 2014

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!

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(mis)remembering Marnie

Scene: a painted port, red sky, shrill, hysterical, a twisted universe on a sloping street and at the end – in the distance – skewed perspective and crudely painted ships, their imaging a child’s. I remember it as odd, dislocated, …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Kalutara

For many poets, place is an enormous point of inspiration. These places may not necessarily be places where the poet physically resides or has resided in, but they may be the imaginative or spiritual places where the poet is most …

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