Will Druce

Will Druce Reviews Jake Goetz and Michael Farrell

Saturated in a droll but kind and sparkly ennui, Jake Goetz’s volume, Unplanned Encounters (2023) reaches out a cigarette-butt holding, soil and spider-web covered hand and invites readers to confront dislocation, catastrophe, doom, ecocide, and the deeply unsettling mutilations/morphology of post-colonial settlement.

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Will Druce Reviews Michael J. Leach and Theodore Ell

Published by Recent Work Press in 2022, the following two debut collections of poetry I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with are both stylistically and gestationally distinct from one another. Natural Philosophies by Michael J. Leach is an eclectic mixture of poetic experiments that nobly attempt to marry science and medicine with art and poetics. Theodore Ell’s Beginning in Sight, gracefully vintaged in its composition and heavily focused on the primacy of the visual, is a haunting and considered meditation on time as it unfolds beneath the eye.

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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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great artesian nowhere

we live on liquified pastures on thylacine-skin print blown in from the curved backs of armchairs hung on walls in gully-dust paintings in the saturn-rings of wine glass bottoms upon the lips of drooling escarpments where sandstone sponge seeps wet-season …

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twentieth century flinders st was a salon throng south eastern bitter tinny tasting koala skull psychofederation that tanned orange into a current sponge cake million fake denim catwalk corporate smoothie shop. sydney road is a pram sucking wedding smothering gutter …

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