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y Ghostspeaking selected work   poetry  
  • Author: Peter Boyle http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/boyle-peter
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Ghostspeaking
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'Eleven fictive poets from Latin America, France and Québec. Their poems, interviews, biographies and letters weave images of diverse lives and poetics. In the tradition of Fernando Pessoa, Boyle presents an array of at times humorous, at times tormented heteronymous poets. In their varied voices and styles, writing as they do across the span of the 20th Century and into the 21st , these haunted and haunting figures offer one of poetry’s oldest gifts – to sing beauty in the face of death. In all this Boyle, their fictive translator, is deeply enmeshed.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Newtown, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vagabond Press , 2016 .
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      Extent: 370p.
      Note/s:
      • Published August 2016
      ISBN: 9781922181787

Works about this Work

Poets Live and Fictive : Five Collections Martin Langford , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 182-188)

'Chorale at the Crossing ‘gathers together the work Porter completed after the publication of his final collection, Better than God’. It is an uneven book, with some very good poems, and some, such as ‘A Chip off the Old Blog’, which are little more than creative doodles: one suspects a few of its inclusions are for the sake of having enough poems for a book. That said, there are a dozen or so fully realised pieces, and a few that would make it into the most compact of Porter selecteds. Sean O’Brien has contributed a brief but useful introduction, and Christine Porter has written a thoughtful little afterword on one poem, ‘The Hermit Crab’—a genre we could use a lot more of, judging by the puzzlement with which unpractised but otherwise intelligent readers so often meet contemporary poetry.' (Introduction)

Entering Other Countries Kevin Brophy , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 388 2017; (p. 30 - 32)

'If Peter Boyle’s new and selected, Towns in the Great Desert (which I reviewed in ABR, March 2014), was a tour de force of the imagination, and a book of stunningly strange and brilliant poetry, this next book, Ghostspeaking, surpasses it in ambition and virtuosity. Across nearly 400 pages, Boyle introduces us to eleven Spanish-speaking poets from Argentina, France, Spain, Cuba, Canada, and Puerto Rico, with small biographical portraits, reports of interviews, and translations of selections of their poems and memoirs. Often the work he translates is unpublished or only available in rare editions.'

(Introduction)

Imagined Worlds : Luke Fischer Launches ‘Ghostspeaking’ by Peter Boyle Luke Fischer , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October – December no. 20 2016;

— Review of Ghostspeaking Peter Boyle 2016 selected work poetry
Peter Boyle : Ghostspeaking Martin Duwell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review 2016;

— Review of Ghostspeaking Peter Boyle 2016 selected work poetry
Peter Boyle : Ghostspeaking Martin Duwell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Review 2016;

— Review of Ghostspeaking Peter Boyle 2016 selected work poetry
Imagined Worlds : Luke Fischer Launches ‘Ghostspeaking’ by Peter Boyle Luke Fischer , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October – December no. 20 2016;

— Review of Ghostspeaking Peter Boyle 2016 selected work poetry
Entering Other Countries Kevin Brophy , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 388 2017; (p. 30 - 32)

'If Peter Boyle’s new and selected, Towns in the Great Desert (which I reviewed in ABR, March 2014), was a tour de force of the imagination, and a book of stunningly strange and brilliant poetry, this next book, Ghostspeaking, surpasses it in ambition and virtuosity. Across nearly 400 pages, Boyle introduces us to eleven Spanish-speaking poets from Argentina, France, Spain, Cuba, Canada, and Puerto Rico, with small biographical portraits, reports of interviews, and translations of selections of their poems and memoirs. Often the work he translates is unpublished or only available in rare editions.'

(Introduction)

Poets Live and Fictive : Five Collections Martin Langford , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 182-188)

'Chorale at the Crossing ‘gathers together the work Porter completed after the publication of his final collection, Better than God’. It is an uneven book, with some very good poems, and some, such as ‘A Chip off the Old Blog’, which are little more than creative doodles: one suspects a few of its inclusions are for the sake of having enough poems for a book. That said, there are a dozen or so fully realised pieces, and a few that would make it into the most compact of Porter selecteds. Sean O’Brien has contributed a brief but useful introduction, and Christine Porter has written a thoughtful little afterword on one poem, ‘The Hermit Crab’—a genre we could use a lot more of, judging by the puzzlement with which unpractised but otherwise intelligent readers so often meet contemporary poetry.' (Introduction)

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