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  • Author:agent Philip Mead http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mead-philip
Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Zanzibar Light
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'These poems play with the endlessly malleable form of the sonnet, across a spectrum of tone and register, from traditional to terminals. They are in the innovative traditions of contemporary poetry that are willing to explore and remediate any of the conventions of the poetic archive. In the longer form poems shifting states of consciousness are tagged to scraps of language and mysteriously resonant scenes of contemporary life. The emphasis is always on the ephemeral, the intersections of dreamscapes with the barely noticeable strata of everyday life. The sentences are always close to ordinary, but unafraid to follow the runs of association and blockage generated by language itself.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Vagabond Press , 2018 .
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      Extent: 70p.
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      • Publication date 01 April 2018

      ISBN: 9781922181701

Works about this Work

Review Short : Philip Mead’s Zanzibar Light Kate Fagan , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August no. 87 2018;

— Review of Zanzibar Light Philip Mead , 2018 selected work poetry

'For experimental poet and jazz drummer Clark Coolidge, words are never impressions. They are sonic inscriptions, vectors, movable actualities. They alter by degrees in the company of others and in time. I started with Coolidge for many reasons; first among them, his stellar understanding of improvisation.' (Introduction)

The Avant Garde in ‘Australia’ : After Eddie Paterson, Philip Mead and Caitlin Maling Robert Wood , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of Poetics Research , March no. 8 2018;

'A.J. Carruthers has been admirably busy — academic monograph, blog posts for Southerly, a new index of experimental poets on Jacket2, job in Shanghai, daily Tweets. And there is a lot in his project of promoting ‘the Australian avant-garde’ to be sympathetic towards, particularly as a project after his Stave Sightings. But can we make a distinction between his formulation of ‘the Australian avant-garde’ (or its variations such as ‘neo’ and ‘experimental’) and ‘the avant-garde in ‘Australia’’? And how might that matter for suburbanism?'  (Introduction)

Even It It's Late Judith Bishop , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 56)

— Review of Zanzibar Light Philip Mead , 2018 selected work poetry

'There is a shimmering, ludic intelligence to this collection of poems, Philip Mead’s first since 1984. The word ‘comeback’ is apt, with its grace note of gladness for renewed possibilities. Opening any new work, the anticipation is acute: will I be changed by reading this, and if so, how? What might I think, feel, or recognise that I have not before?' (Introduction)

Even It It's Late Judith Bishop , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 56)

— Review of Zanzibar Light Philip Mead , 2018 selected work poetry

'There is a shimmering, ludic intelligence to this collection of poems, Philip Mead’s first since 1984. The word ‘comeback’ is apt, with its grace note of gladness for renewed possibilities. Opening any new work, the anticipation is acute: will I be changed by reading this, and if so, how? What might I think, feel, or recognise that I have not before?' (Introduction)

Review Short : Philip Mead’s Zanzibar Light Kate Fagan , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , August no. 87 2018;

— Review of Zanzibar Light Philip Mead , 2018 selected work poetry

'For experimental poet and jazz drummer Clark Coolidge, words are never impressions. They are sonic inscriptions, vectors, movable actualities. They alter by degrees in the company of others and in time. I started with Coolidge for many reasons; first among them, his stellar understanding of improvisation.' (Introduction)

The Avant Garde in ‘Australia’ : After Eddie Paterson, Philip Mead and Caitlin Maling Robert Wood , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of Poetics Research , March no. 8 2018;

'A.J. Carruthers has been admirably busy — academic monograph, blog posts for Southerly, a new index of experimental poets on Jacket2, job in Shanghai, daily Tweets. And there is a lot in his project of promoting ‘the Australian avant-garde’ to be sympathetic towards, particularly as a project after his Stave Sightings. But can we make a distinction between his formulation of ‘the Australian avant-garde’ (or its variations such as ‘neo’ and ‘experimental’) and ‘the avant-garde in ‘Australia’’? And how might that matter for suburbanism?'  (Introduction)

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