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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... vol. 83 November 2017 of Cordite est. 1997 Cordite Poetry Review
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'I was already quite a few years into a creative writing PhD titled ‘Generic Engineering’ and flailing around quite spectacularly in a galaxy of words when an academic friend, perhaps hoping to spare me the indignity of a completed thesis and potential employment, flipped to the middle of the 526-page book he was reading. Wordlessly, pointed to a single sentence. ‘Due to a predilection whose origin I will leave it up to the reader to determine,’ it read, ‘I will choose the symbol ♀ for this inscription.’ The symbol had been summoned to designate what the writer called ‘generic multiple’. The generic, the writer noted, is ‘the adjective retained by mathematicians to designate the indiscernible, the absolutely indeterminate’. Another PhD student who was in the room sniggered, disparagingly, I thought, as if dubious that I could be capable of understanding what had been read aloud. In retrospect it was more likely a beleaguered exhalation, a stockpile for the future, of sympathy and despair.' (Editorial)


  • Only literary material by Australian authors that falls within AustLit's Scope is individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    'The Ocean's Tide: Parentheses in Kamau Brathwaite's and Nathanial Mackey's Decolonial Poetics' by Simon Eales

    ‘I have never understood a single poem’: Chi Tran Interviews Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

    'A Fable for Now': Kate Fagan Interviews Lyn Hejinian

    'Signs from Asemia: Yasmin Heisler reviews asemic 15' 

     'Artichoke Seedhead' by Kay Cooke

    'How I Find My Wa'y by Caoimhe McKeogh

    'Zero' by Melissa Cannon

    'Happenstance' by Cynthia Duda

    'Random Index of Useless Titles' by Pam Brown

    'Asymptote (Palindrome in e: 27182818284590452353)' by Anthony Etherin

    'Babysitting' by Joseph Goosey

    'Primal #m74207281' by Roy Voragen

    'From Counterelegy' by Engram Wilkinson

    'Geist' by Susie Campbell

    'Man Suffocates Under Newspaper Collection' by Carrie Conners

    'Clotted clouds' by Piet Nieuwland

    'Manichaeus' by Mantz Yorke

    '1 + 1 = 1' by Nicholas Komodore

    'From Anatomies of Melancholy' by Wayne Clements

    'I Box the Forms' by Devon Balwit

    'Reclaimed Land' by Pooja Nansi

    'Unclaimed Land (after Pooja Nansi)' by Soolagna Majumdar


* Contents derived from the 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
FOB: Fresh Off the Books, Winnie Siulolovao Dunn , single work essay

‘Only idiots and government leeches live in Western Sydney,’ Zekay said to me as he tied up his oily brown hair into a topknot. He was standing in the middle of the grass at Central Park Mall, his hairy arms spread out like he was Jesus on the cross. Zekay was a University of Technology Sydney film student who lived in Surry Hills and loved to call himself the Son of Man while scratching the wiry pubes under his arms. I had met Zekay on Tinder, drawn by his curly hair and long lashes. His skin was as white as bleached notebook paper.' (Introduction)

Nighthawk, Part 1: Use of Additive Sequences for Generating a Cut-up Poem, Warren Burt , single work essay

'In 1973, I was a post-graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, working on my Master’s degree in music composition. My principle teacher at the time was Kenneth Gaburo, well known for his work in compositional linguistics which crossed boundaries between music, language, writing, performance, and dance. I was also very good friends with two fellow post-graduate students, Peter Gordon, composer, and Kathy Acker, writer, who at the time were partners. Kathy was mainly working with the performance poet David Antin at the time. Many were the late-night trips to VG’s Donut Shop in Carlsbad, California, in which Peter, Kathy and I discussed artistic issues that seemed quite urgent to us at the time. William S Burroughs, with his cut-up method, and the collage poetics of John Cage were both enormously influential on us, and Kathy introduced me to the work of Jackson Mac Low, who, many years later, I became friends with. And, as mentioned, both Gaburo’s and Antin’s experiments with language-based composition were very important to us.' (Introduction)

Pigsi"I have beheaded pigs, but Circe insists on multiplying them. They were the", Samuel Trigueros Espino , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
Nothing in Profilei"Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.", Samuel Trigueros Espino , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
On the Platformi"Don’t let my poems know when I’m dead.", Samuel Trigueros Espino , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
‘Through Worlds & Worlds & Worlds’: Joan Fleming Interviews Jordie Albiston, Joan Fleming , single work interview

'Dr. Jordie Albiston is one of Australia’s premiere contemporary poets. She is the recipient of numerous literary prizes, and the author of nine collections of poetry, three of which are documentary in nature.' (Introduction)

Of Fullnessi"fill me up on foreign words so that I might,", Abeir Soukieh , single work poetry
Pointingi"your largeness larger, larger than, larger than large-less, ab-largely, ab-ending, loosely", Abeir Soukieh , single work poetry
Mudi"red", Abeir Soukieh , single work poetry
Extractioni"On the news:", Nicola Redhouse , single work poetry
A Penelopian Gasketi"Penelope and Penelope say goodbye, and get on the same bus, going in opposite directions. Penelope", Emma Rayward , single work poetry
Thought Toi"I thought to", Judy Annear , single work poetry
The Idea Takes Place As Place Itself, Expanded and Revised Edition with a New Foreword by the Authori"“From where did topos theory come?” that is", Justin Clemens , single work poetry
Venn Diagrami"There is the set of living creatures in the house with two legs (all humans?),", Caroline Williamson , single work poetry
Trovei"Young men 18 to 35", Kate Lilley , single work poetry
The Pharmacokinetics of Paracetamoli"A paracetamol tablet", Michael J. Leach , single work poetry
Candelo Speedwayi"Going bitch-kegs at it", Duncan Hose , single work poetry
In Confederates We Couplei"To speculate on compound vision, the world reprizes: one and one is one. Each", Ann Vickery , single work poetry
Innocent Eyes!: Ekphrasis and the Defiant Multiplicity of the Female Gaze, Keira Hudson , Angela Serrano , anthology single work poetry essay art work
Workshopi"we left crumbs on Country", Ellen van Neerven , single work poetry

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