Annandale Nocturne single work   poetry   "The city was a subdued"
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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  • In an accompanying biography, Tredinnick writes: ' "Annandale Nocturne" comes from a time (in 2006-07) when we were living in a terrace in Annandale Street. We'd moved there from Katoomba, and we never quite settled in the city, and even as I wrote this poem we were thinking of moving to the country again. The best part about that house was the view toward the city from the upstairs bedroom, especially at night. I wrote this poem after reading some Raymond Carver poems, struck by their beautiful plainness. "Annandale Nocturnes" was an attempt to write, out of my vernacular life as he wrote out of his, a kind of everyday (everynight) epiphany. Unlike Carver, I worked the poem into a particular form (two casual sonnets, each made of seven syllable lines) because I find a certain loose mathematics helps me find a poem I'm listening for. Particularly after midnight. That time-when the house, and the whole world, it seems, is sleeping - is the poet's hour. It's mine, anyway. The poem's about night and love; it's also a little about the fear that inhabits both. But who can say what a poem's about?'
  • Written in Annandale in late October, 2006

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  • Appears in:
    y Snorkel no. 7 April 2008 Z1561976 2008 periodical issue 2008
Last amended 24 Feb 2009
  • Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Annandale, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,
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