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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 João
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'In a sequence of 64 sonnets, John Mateer describes the encounters of an alter-ego, João, as he travels across the globe, attending festivals and readings, meeting with friends, lovers, and often-famous fellow authors. Uncertain in his identity, melancholy in disposition, troubled by dreams and memories, João is also an innocent, and given to moments of illumination and joy. Mateer is both ironic and affectionate in his treatment of this picaresque figure, creating through his sonnet sequence a narrative which is new in Australian writing, the worldwide adventures of the poet as comic hero, one who, despite his disappointments, still believes in the power of literature to create a sense of belonging, and to invoke ‘the deep mandala of meeting and friendship’.'

source: Publisher's blurb.

Exhibitions

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Notes

  • Epigraph: Sure I was with Isis, but I told her my name was Joao. -Mario Cesariny de Vasconcelos

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2018 .
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      Extent: 80p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published March 2018.

      ISBN: 9781925336627, 9781925336672, 9781925336689

Works about this Work

Henry Briffa Reviews João by John Mateer Henry Briffa , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , August 2019;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry
Five Poets : Five Worlds Martin Langford , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 78 no. 3 2019; (p. 188-193)

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry ; Warlines Jordie Albiston , 2018 selected work poetry ; Fume Phillip Hall , 2018 selected work poetry ; Interval Judith Bishop , 2018 selected work poetry ; The Hijab Files Maryam Azam , 2018 selected work poetry
Bonny Cassidy Reviews João by John Mateer Bonny Cassidy , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , March no. 23 2019;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry

'Speaking recently in Adelaide, the expatriate Australian theorist Sneja Gunew proposed that nations are the museums of identity. I took her to mean that, regardless of our status as foreigner/visitor or citizen/member, we tour them—we observe national identity being curated and performed. But can we resign from identifying our self through nationality; can we inhabit another kind of space that is not even partly defined by it?'  (Introduction)

The Path of Ambivalence : On João by John Mateer Robert Wood , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , May 2018;
Christopher Brown Reviews John Mateer Chris Brown , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August no. 87 2018;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry

'Of the 62 sonnets that make up John Mateer’s João, 58 are given to ‘Twelve Years of Travel’ and only four to the second and final section, ‘Memories of Cape Town’. This weighting emphasises travel not so much as the mode of exception but as regular or even habituated experience, while suggesting only a marginal place for the ‘home’ of Mateer’s South African origins.' (Introduction)

Christopher Brown Reviews John Mateer Chris Brown , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August no. 87 2018;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry

'Of the 62 sonnets that make up John Mateer’s João, 58 are given to ‘Twelve Years of Travel’ and only four to the second and final section, ‘Memories of Cape Town’. This weighting emphasises travel not so much as the mode of exception but as regular or even habituated experience, while suggesting only a marginal place for the ‘home’ of Mateer’s South African origins.' (Introduction)

Bonny Cassidy Reviews João by John Mateer Bonny Cassidy , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , March no. 23 2019;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry

'Speaking recently in Adelaide, the expatriate Australian theorist Sneja Gunew proposed that nations are the museums of identity. I took her to mean that, regardless of our status as foreigner/visitor or citizen/member, we tour them—we observe national identity being curated and performed. But can we resign from identifying our self through nationality; can we inhabit another kind of space that is not even partly defined by it?'  (Introduction)

Five Poets : Five Worlds Martin Langford , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 78 no. 3 2019; (p. 188-193)

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry ; Warlines Jordie Albiston , 2018 selected work poetry ; Fume Phillip Hall , 2018 selected work poetry ; Interval Judith Bishop , 2018 selected work poetry ; The Hijab Files Maryam Azam , 2018 selected work poetry
Henry Briffa Reviews João by John Mateer Henry Briffa , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , August 2019;

— Review of João John Mateer , 2018 selected work poetry
The Path of Ambivalence : On João by John Mateer Robert Wood , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , May 2018;
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