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  • Author:agent Lee Cataldi
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 New Poems
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* Contents derived from the 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Joanne Burns , single work essay
'In this selection of poems, Lee Cataldi writes in a spare, lean, direct way, steered by an aesthetic of restraint. She often uses internal spacing and short stanzas to re-enforce her measure. A sense of loss inhabits a number of the poems. Cataldi has worked as a teacher and linguist in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. In ‘the opening of the children’s centre in Balgo’ the language centre seems to have gone' (Introduction)
C'est L'Homme (for John Forbes)i"you", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Mourning is Women's Businessi"with a gesture as large as the planet", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Hereafteri"you should have died much later", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
The Sky Is Falling ini"I drive along in my car", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
On Breaking Thingsi"a clumsy movement of the sleeve sweeps", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Seventyi"sometimes", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Michelangelo 27, Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Michelangelo 107i"my eyes wild for beautiful things", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Michelangelo 143i"as pieces of my life fall away", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Mallarme: Sea Changei"the body complains unfortunately and I’ve read all the books", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry
Mallarme: Innocent Breathless Beautiful Dayi"what does not fly", Lee Cataldi , single work poetry

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    y separately published work icon Cordite Poetry Review No Theme No 6 vol. 80 1 May 2017 11328177 2017 periodical issue

    'It was a great privilege, if a little overwhelming (I had about 1,800 poems to read), to edit this edition of Cordite Poetry Review and, as it is not themed, I had the luxury of choosing poems on various subjects. I have tried to make the issue varied but also unified by my aesthetic principles. I am one of those poets who believe aesthetics are important, that an over-heated experimental or exploratory approach, or a poetics that privileges linguistic flux over emotional stability or response, can take us away from the deep connection that language has with the body. This is one reason why I have an affection for the lyric, and I do not hold to the assumption that the poet does not exist, or that the movement inwards, towards subjectivity, is innately problematic. From the body we get idiosyncrasies of rhythm, music, voice, sensual knowledge, syntactical deportment, emotion and ideas. No-one who writes a poem is ever disembodied, though sometimes it can seem as if they are, given the overabundance of abstraction and linguistic imprecision that occurred in many of the poems I read for this issue.' (Judith Beveridge : Editorial introduction)

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