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Toby Davidson reviews The John Moran Corperation

TrainRide by The John Moran Corperation Puzzle Factory Sound Studio, 2009 Since renowned works such as Kenneth Slessor's ‘The Night-Ride' and Judith Wright's ‘The Trains,' trains have been natural subjects and carriers of Australian poetry. TrainRide by John Moran and …

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Stephan Delbos: The Prague Micro Festival Poetry Series

prague_festival_poster1In our latest feature, Stephan Delbos recalls some highlights from the inaugural Prague Micro Festival Poetry Series, held in Prague and Brno between 14-18 April 2009. To accompany the words and images, Cordite presents five live recordings of readings by Australian poets Jill Jones, Philip Hammial, Michael Farrell, Pam Brown and Louis Armand at the Globe Bookstore on 15 April 2009.

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Bridie McCarthy reviews Going Down Swinging and Indigo

Going Down Swinging No. 28: Waging the Word edited by Lisa Greenaway and Klare Lanson
Going Down Swinging Inc., 2009

Indigo: Journal of West Australian Writing Volume III edited by Donna Ward et al
Tactile Books, 2009

At the level of function, a literary journal produces a collection of writing on a periodical basis. However, a journal is also another kind of machine, an apparatus which generates a readership, presents writers, exercises its own ideological assumptions (however loosely formed or evolving), and which makes claims to a certain cultural space. At this discursive level, Going Down Swinging and Indigo are very different animals.

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GDS 27 Spoken Word Feature!

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Straight from the Tank

On January 25, 2003 – the hottest Melbourne day since 1939 – David McLauchlan and Michael Ward began the practice of filming poetry readings for the Channel 31 TV program “Red Lobster”. As of late 2006, this process continues, and …

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Ali Alizadeh Reviews Mohsen Soltany Zand

Australian Dream, a double CD featuring the poetry of newcomer Mohsen Soltany Zand spoken and sung by the likes of Bryan Brown, Thomas Keneally, Claudia Karvan and a host of other famous Australians, may one day be seen as a landmark of this relatively new, and seemingly promising, medium/genre of contemporary poetry.

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Andrew Craig reviews Louise Waller and Kristin Hannaford

Swelter by Louise Waller and Kristin Hannaford Interactive Press, 2004 It was with anticipation and trepidation that I approached Swelter, an audio and text CD compilation of Louise Waller's Slipway and Kristin Hannaford's Inhale. At first I expected some type …

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Moses Iten reviews rattapallax 10

But what is a poet? Attach the adjective hip-hop, Nobel Prize-winning, experimental, spoken-word or journalist to that noun &#151 and 'poet' is still the word commanding respect.

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Louise Swinn: Maybe We’re Just Not Angry Enough

Def Poetry Jam 13th January 2004 Metro Theatre, Sydney Considering Melbourne has, arguably, the most active and vibrant spoken word and hip-hop scene in Australia, it's a real pity that this show didn't come further down south. I attend quite …

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Matt Hetherington reviews Sea Peach

It seduces with its surfaces, impresses with the breadth of its knowledge of popular culture (although who around here doesn't have a vast amount of pop influences to draw on?), even as it makes a claim to some sort of academic credibility with a few snazzy literary allusions, but for me, it's a face with no heart. To this offering you might smile, say 'Thanks for a great night', and go on trawling.

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Moses Iten reviews Ian Ferrier

Ian Ferrier speaks to people lured by the sounds of jamming jazz musicians &#151 the lyricist with a voice deep in sound and thought &#151 inspiring a crowd gathered round in the smoke-filled room, all in different phases of their journeys but nodding to each other.

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Justin Lowe reviews Chris Mansell

Chris Mansell lives for poetry, or so it is implied in all she writes and all she does behind the scenes, like one of those superhuman dynamos without whom poetry in this country would simply stop breathing altogether.

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Michael Farrell reviews 10,000 Monkeys

My apologies to the musicians: this won't be a music review. The music's purpose – from the point of view of the words, or lyrics, is serious, not ironic, though several of the tracks are happy-sounding, almost jaunty, emphasising that Clemens is enjoying himself. He's doing a fragment at least of what he wants – being a few monkeys. For the time being, we'll have to make do with anecdotes of ten thousand monkeys till Clemens works out how to be them, for that I think is his vision of freedom.

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Tiara Lowndes vs Tug Dumbly

He ranted and raved. He was fabulous. Ranted and raved and spat and shouted for 20 minutes and grew and grew until he was Alice in Wonderland after she drank the bottle (add a little bit of stubble) and he …

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