y The Sonnet According to 'M' selected work   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'The letter 'm' is emblematic of recurrence and precipitousness in these poems. They emerge with the wantonness of sensations in everyday life. In this case three lives: maternal grandmother, paternal great-great grandmother and the poet. Jordie Albiston, with characteristic delicacy and zest, limns these very different women as perspectives to each other.

Recurrence is intrinsic to sonnets. They are patterned internally, and are often paroxysmal: a perfect form and formation for poems which worry the distinction between the fatal and the banal.

The sequence tells what happens when you admit the existential into everyday life, in small or large doses. The results can be desolate, or sublime. And comedic as well: Albiston knows how to play between darkness and send-up, when it comes to an arduous and animating tension between body and mind.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Wendy Morris
  • Epigraph: It is hard for a fourteen to learn his lesson...-'Helyn Hitchcock'

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Works about this Work

The Value of Making : Traditional Form and Narrative in Australian Poetry since the Digital Revolution Tegan Schetrumpf , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , July vol. 4 no. 1 2014;
'In this essay I outline some broad structural and cultural aspects of the digital revolution which may contribute to the renewal of traditional form and narrative in Australian poetry as an expression of the millennial value of making. Firstly, that making traditional poetic forms is partly a response to the structural limitations of websites and e-readers, and culturally a response to the remediation of poetry to the perceived temporality and instability of the internet. I briefly associate Manovich’s argument that the database is the enemy of the narrative with the new ‘empirical turn’ in the humanities and suggest that strongly narrative poetry is reacting against the digital preference for the number. Finally I note the strategies of a smooth grammatical line and ‘bardic’ stance as a way for ‘professional’ authors to differentiate themselves from online amateurism.' (Publication abstract)
John Jenkins; of Jordie Albiston, The Sonnet According to “m”; Philip Hammial, Skin Theory; Susan Hawthorn, Earth’s Breath; Felicity Plunkett, Vanishing Point John Jenkins , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 70 no. 3 2011;

— Review of Vanishing Point Felicity Plunkett 2009 selected work poetry ; The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry ; Skin Theory Philip Hammial 2009 selected work poetry ; Earth's Breath Susan Hawthorne 2009 selected work poetry
Rebellious Sonnets in the Key of Em Melina Draper , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 103-104)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
M for Marriage and for Memorable Sonnets Geoff Page , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 February 2010; (p. 12)

— Review of Marriage for Beginners : And Other Poems Catherine Bateson 2009 selected work poetry ; The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Michelle Borzi , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 121 2010; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , June no. 19 2010; (p. 62-63)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry ; Piano Hill Ross Bolleter 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Stephen Lawrence , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 201 2010; (p. 76)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Greg Westenberg Reviews Jordie Albiston Greg Westenberg , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December vol. 34 no. 2010;

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
M for Marriage and for Memorable Sonnets Geoff Page , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 February 2010; (p. 12)

— Review of Marriage for Beginners : And Other Poems Catherine Bateson 2009 selected work poetry ; The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Michelle Borzi , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 121 2010; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , June no. 19 2010; (p. 62-63)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry ; Piano Hill Ross Bolleter 2009 selected work poetry
Untitled Stephen Lawrence , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 201 2010; (p. 76)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
Greg Westenberg Reviews Jordie Albiston Greg Westenberg , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December vol. 34 no. 2010;

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
John Jenkins; of Jordie Albiston, The Sonnet According to “m”; Philip Hammial, Skin Theory; Susan Hawthorn, Earth’s Breath; Felicity Plunkett, Vanishing Point John Jenkins , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 70 no. 3 2011;

— Review of Vanishing Point Felicity Plunkett 2009 selected work poetry ; The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry ; Skin Theory Philip Hammial 2009 selected work poetry ; Earth's Breath Susan Hawthorne 2009 selected work poetry
Rebellious Sonnets in the Key of Em Melina Draper , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 103-104)

— Review of The Sonnet According to 'M' Jordie Albiston 2009 selected work poetry
The Value of Making : Traditional Form and Narrative in Australian Poetry since the Digital Revolution Tegan Schetrumpf , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , July vol. 4 no. 1 2014;
'In this essay I outline some broad structural and cultural aspects of the digital revolution which may contribute to the renewal of traditional form and narrative in Australian poetry as an expression of the millennial value of making. Firstly, that making traditional poetic forms is partly a response to the structural limitations of websites and e-readers, and culturally a response to the remediation of poetry to the perceived temporality and instability of the internet. I briefly associate Manovich’s argument that the database is the enemy of the narrative with the new ‘empirical turn’ in the humanities and suggest that strongly narrative poetry is reacting against the digital preference for the number. Finally I note the strategies of a smooth grammatical line and ‘bardic’ stance as a way for ‘professional’ authors to differentiate themselves from online amateurism.' (Publication abstract)
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