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'The poetry of Andy Jackson not only inhabits and is rooted in the liminal space of the body, but is used as a site to consider selfhood, subjectivity, language, form, and bodily difference. Using poetry as a generative practice, Jackson expresses the unsettledness of being in his own body. Jackson has the hereditary genetic disorder, Marfan Syndrome, where the body is unable to correctly produce the protein fibrillin-1, which in turn affects the connective tissue, the heart, the spine, and the joints. On his blog, Among the Regulars, Jackson describes his body of work as ‘poetry, from a body shaped like a question mark’.1 A pronounced spinal curvature means that Jackson inhabits his body in a particular way, and in turn marks his use of language in a particular way. He is explicit about this: ‘I would argue that to begin to unravel how the body is implicated in poetry will illuminate and liberate both’.2 In rewriting the language of the body, Jackson engages in a poetics of the threshold — the threshold being the nexus between selfhood, subjectivity, and the body, both the individual body and the collective body. He does this by renovating form (language) and by interrogating (his own) disability.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Social Alternatives Poetry to the Rescue: The Poetry Special Issue vol. 40 no. 3 October 2021 23781124 2021 periodical issue

    'Since its inception in 1977 Social Alternatives has had a long-running commitment to poetry. During this time the journal has published well over two thousand poems (Synott 2018: 46)1, including work by Judith Wright, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Les Murray, Judith Beveridge, Samuel Wagan Watson and Dorothy Porter (Morgan et al. 2007: 58). Alongside such luminaries, Social Alternatives has published hundreds of relatively unknown poets, many of whom had their first poems published in the journal. Certainly, when I began writing a quarter of a century ago it was one of the places you sent to. Many of the poets featured in the journal's early years were active in various social movements from anti-conscription and nuclear disarmament to Aboriginal land rights, women's liberation, and environmental protection (Synott 2018: 45). The poetry in Social Alternatives has often been slanted towards political and social themes but the work has usually been thematically broader (Morgan et al. 2007: 58), relating more abstractly to politics.' (Aidan Coleman Publication abstract)

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