y Burning Swans selected work   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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Mateer writes: ' Burning Swans is a glimpse of iconoclasm, a moment through which an antipodean symbol burns with the light of an individual's past and an adopted country's ahistorical present. The disturbance in the poems is a recognition of loss. Personal relationships replace the abstraction of belief. Images are nourished by blood's pneumonic emotion. And energised by the charcoal after-image of words.'

'In his first collection of poems, John Mateer restlessly visits the tensions between past and present, himself and others, language and its loss. Experimental and frequently personal in approach, ranging from short lyrics to the sustained exploration of ideas, Burning Swans shows an exciting young poet at the beginning of his writing life.(From the inside cover of the work).'

Notes

  • Dedication: For my mother

Contents

* Contents derived from the Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1994 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Premonitioni"I attempt to peel the newspaper, but", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 13)
That Stonei"On my way to the Aberdeen I", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 14)
On the Horseshoe Bridgei"Walking over the Horseshoe Bridge I", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 15)
Fire Imaginedi"Past fire is present in thick grasstrees", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 16)
For a Whilei"For a while I haven't felt alive.", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 17)
Two Years Agoi"When the locust plague", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 18)
Awakening Nighti"Throbbing", John Mateer , 1994-1993 single work poetry (p. 19)
Childish Stari"Things combine, nonplussed. A day", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 20)
The Disbeliefi"In the Mt. Lawley cafe I sit across the table", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 21)
The Siren-Songi"Nipping the wine-glass against his chest", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 22)
Enough Paini"As a moth flapped looping around the room", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 23)
A Wedding Poemi"Slowly injected with life, the roses on", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 24)
For Those Who Remember and Forgeti"After eating a slice of my cousin's wedding cake", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 25-26)
A New South Africa (for Pierre Mayer)i"Only the spur-of-the-moment phonecall, the", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 27-29)
Distant Friendsi"In his empty room the Polish woman", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 30)
Watchi"Her father had worn that watch", John Mateer , 1994-1993 single work poetry (p. 31)
The Droughti"The letter he wrote couldn't make sense.", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 32)
A Friend's Storyi"In a dingy stairwell I was told", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 33)
Their Fighti"What do you say to your best friend", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 34)
Exilei"Serpil spoke about the beautiful country,", John Mateer , 1994 single work poetry (p. 35)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1994 .
      Extent: 100p.
      Note/s:
      • Cover painting: Thomas Hoareau. The Change, 1991,oil on linen, 90x120cm, the collection of Maureen Collins. (Photographed for reproduction by John Brash.)
      ISBN: 1863680918

Works about this Work

y Literary Migrations : White, English-Speaking Migrant Writers in Australia Ingeborg van Teeseling , Wollongong : 2011 Z1860612 2011 single work thesis 'In this thesis, I am arguing that [a] false core/periphery binary has made a particular group of migrants ,-those who are white and have migrated from English-speaking countries - invisible - invisible as migrants, that is. For the writers within this group, this leads to a critical blindness in relation to their work and place within Australian national literature. As a critic, however, I look at the work of Ruth Park, Alex Miller and John Mateer and see it is profoundly influenced by their migrant experience. More often than not they write about themes that are typical of migrant writing: alienation, identity, belonging, home, being in-between cultures, history. For a more appropriate, complete appreciation of their work, this thesis argues that it is imperative to go back to the beginning and return the 'default setting' of migrant to its literal meaning.' [From the author's abstract]
'Talking with Yagan's Head' : The Poetry of John Mateer Michael Heald , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 19 no. 4 2000; (p. 387-398)
The Use of Burning Swans: The South African Background to an `Iconoclastic' Language John Mateer , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 40 no. 1 1995; (p. 53-58)
Live Fragments from the Poetry War Kevin Brophy , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 139 1995; (p. 74-76)

— Review of Human Interest Geoff Page 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Such Sweet Thunder Peter Nicholson 1994 selected work poetry ; The Cave After Saltwater Tide David P. Reiter 1994 selected work poetry
Clear Eyes and Muddy Palettes Alan Gould , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 39 no. 5 1995; (p. 78-81)

— Review of Night Rainbows Jan Owen 1994 selected work poetry ; Our Houses Are Full of Smoke Debbie Westbury 1994 selected work poetry ; View from the Turret : (World War II) John Millett 1994 sequence poetry ; South China Dane Thwaites 1994 selected work poetry ; Flying the Coop : New and Selected Poems 1972-1994 Rhyll McMaster 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Coming Up for Light Aileen Kelly 1994 selected work poetry ; West of Krakatoa : Poems S. K. Kelen 1994 selected work poetry ; Fireworks and Sparrows : Selected Poems S. S. Charkianakis 1994 selected work poetry ; Language of the Icons Dipti Saravanamuttu 1993 selected work poetry
Wrestling with Demons Mike Shuttleworth (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 3-4)
Untitled Edwina Breitzke , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 13-14)

— Review of Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry
Smooth Operators of Young Poets Society Martin Duwell , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 October 1994; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Paper Nautilus James Bradley 1994 selected work poetry ; Path of Ghosts : Poems 1986-93 Jemal Sharah 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; The Beggar's Codex Adrian Wiggins 1994 selected work poetry
Untitled David McCooey , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 39 no. 3 1994; (p. 95-97)

— Review of Crosshatched Kate Llewellyn 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry
Paperbacks Simon Hughes , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 September 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of You Have the Power Archie Roach 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Because a White Man'll Never Do It Kevin Gilbert 1973 single work criticism
The Age of the Poet Amanda Wilson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 164 1994; (p. 50-51)

— Review of Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Path of Ghosts : Poems 1986-93 Jemal Sharah 1994 selected work poetry ; The Familiar Ian McBryde 1994 selected work poetry
Untitled Edwina Breitzke , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 13-14)

— Review of Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry
Live Fragments from the Poetry War Kevin Brophy , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 139 1995; (p. 74-76)

— Review of Human Interest Geoff Page 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Such Sweet Thunder Peter Nicholson 1994 selected work poetry ; The Cave After Saltwater Tide David P. Reiter 1994 selected work poetry
Smooth Operators of Young Poets Society Martin Duwell , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 October 1994; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Paper Nautilus James Bradley 1994 selected work poetry ; Path of Ghosts : Poems 1986-93 Jemal Sharah 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; The Beggar's Codex Adrian Wiggins 1994 selected work poetry
Untitled David McCooey , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 39 no. 3 1994; (p. 95-97)

— Review of Crosshatched Kate Llewellyn 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry
Clear Eyes and Muddy Palettes Alan Gould , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 39 no. 5 1995; (p. 78-81)

— Review of Night Rainbows Jan Owen 1994 selected work poetry ; Our Houses Are Full of Smoke Debbie Westbury 1994 selected work poetry ; View from the Turret : (World War II) John Millett 1994 sequence poetry ; South China Dane Thwaites 1994 selected work poetry ; Flying the Coop : New and Selected Poems 1972-1994 Rhyll McMaster 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Coming Up for Light Aileen Kelly 1994 selected work poetry ; West of Krakatoa : Poems S. K. Kelen 1994 selected work poetry ; Fireworks and Sparrows : Selected Poems S. S. Charkianakis 1994 selected work poetry ; Language of the Icons Dipti Saravanamuttu 1993 selected work poetry
Paperbacks Simon Hughes , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 September 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of You Have the Power Archie Roach 1994 selected work poetry ; Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Because a White Man'll Never Do It Kevin Gilbert 1973 single work criticism
The Age of the Poet Amanda Wilson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 164 1994; (p. 50-51)

— Review of Burning Swans John Mateer 1994 selected work poetry ; Path of Ghosts : Poems 1986-93 Jemal Sharah 1994 selected work poetry ; The Familiar Ian McBryde 1994 selected work poetry
Wrestling with Demons Mike Shuttleworth (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 9 no. 4 1994; (p. 3-4)
y Literary Migrations : White, English-Speaking Migrant Writers in Australia Ingeborg van Teeseling , Wollongong : 2011 Z1860612 2011 single work thesis 'In this thesis, I am arguing that [a] false core/periphery binary has made a particular group of migrants ,-those who are white and have migrated from English-speaking countries - invisible - invisible as migrants, that is. For the writers within this group, this leads to a critical blindness in relation to their work and place within Australian national literature. As a critic, however, I look at the work of Ruth Park, Alex Miller and John Mateer and see it is profoundly influenced by their migrant experience. More often than not they write about themes that are typical of migrant writing: alienation, identity, belonging, home, being in-between cultures, history. For a more appropriate, complete appreciation of their work, this thesis argues that it is imperative to go back to the beginning and return the 'default setting' of migrant to its literal meaning.' [From the author's abstract]
The Use of Burning Swans: The South African Background to an `Iconoclastic' Language John Mateer , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 40 no. 1 1995; (p. 53-58)
'Talking with Yagan's Head' : The Poetry of John Mateer Michael Heald , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 19 no. 4 2000; (p. 387-398)
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