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  • Author:agent Philip Salom http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/salom-philip
Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth
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'When Peter Porter noted the brilliance of Philip Salom's poems and said they were unlike anything in Australian poetry, he was referring to Sky Poems (1987), an ironic otherworld of the twentieth century and the first book of the Alterworld trilogy. Salom later added The Well Mouth (2005), an underworld of limbo and stopped-life to counter Sky Poems' endless possibilities. Now the accidental realities of Alterworld reach into the twenty-first century but remain haunted by Salom's ambiguous visions of life and death. The poems have satirical verve and sensuality, and are layered in surprising linguisitic echoes; his imagination is almost architectural but also acutely social. Alterworld is extraordinary and unique.' (Publication summary)

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    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Puncher and Wattmann , 2014 .
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      Extent: 252p.
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      • Published 1 December 2014
      ISBN: 9781922186669

Works about this Work

Philip Salom : Feeding Time to the Contemporary Toby Davidson , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Feeding the Ghost : 1 : Criticism on Contemporary Australian Poetry 2018; (p. 59-84)

'One way to witness the futility of defining the contemporary is to read someone attempting it twenty years back. Geoff Page's A Readers Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (1995) opts, after some vacillations ("does it include last year, last decade or even the last three decades?") to locate it in the poets of the late 60s, "whether they were later considered conservative or radical"—Tranter, Forbes, Adamson, Murray, Lehmann, Gray (1-2). While Page finds it "hard to think of any woman born between 1940 and 1950 who has rivalled the impact of most of the male poets cited so far", Jan Owen (b. 1940), Jennifer Rankin (1941), Joanne Burns (1945), Jennifer Maiden (1949) all are given entries of roughly the same length (8). The critical and commercial success of the slightly younger Dorothy Porter (b.1954) proved a little too contemporary for Page, with The Monkey's Mask reduced to "the verse detective novel she is now working on", even if, four lines below, his own bibliography gives the title and its publication date of 1994—the year prior (228). While the "general loosening up" caused by the "Woodstock generation", paperbacks and live performance has proven fruitful, Page concedes that the majority of his sixty-four chosen poets are no longer writing, with only twenty-four remaining active, the rest "lost to journalism, academia, early death, arts administration, the novel and the counter-culture of northern New South Wales" (2-3)...' (Introduction)

'The Other World Where Things Alter' : Review of Philip Salom's Alterworld Amy Hilhorst , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2015; (p. 156-157)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
Review Short: Philip Salom’s Alterworld Graeme Miles , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 51.1 2015;

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
Personal Adventures in the Metaphysical Geoff Page , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 18 April 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry Peter Kenneally , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry ; South in the World Lisa Jacobson , 2014 selected work poetry ; Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry ; A Vicious Example Michael Aiken , 2014 selected work poetry
Australian Poetry Peter Kenneally , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 February 2015; (p. 19)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry ; South in the World Lisa Jacobson , 2014 selected work poetry ; Scavenger's Season Christopher Kelen , 2014 selected work poetry ; A Vicious Example Michael Aiken , 2014 selected work poetry
Personal Adventures in the Metaphysical Geoff Page , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 18 April 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
Review Short: Philip Salom’s Alterworld Graeme Miles , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 51.1 2015;

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
'The Other World Where Things Alter' : Review of Philip Salom's Alterworld Amy Hilhorst , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2015; (p. 156-157)

— Review of Alterworld : Alterworld, Sky Poems, The Well Mouth Philip Salom , 2014 selected work poetry
Philip Salom : Feeding Time to the Contemporary Toby Davidson , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Feeding the Ghost : 1 : Criticism on Contemporary Australian Poetry 2018; (p. 59-84)

'One way to witness the futility of defining the contemporary is to read someone attempting it twenty years back. Geoff Page's A Readers Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (1995) opts, after some vacillations ("does it include last year, last decade or even the last three decades?") to locate it in the poets of the late 60s, "whether they were later considered conservative or radical"—Tranter, Forbes, Adamson, Murray, Lehmann, Gray (1-2). While Page finds it "hard to think of any woman born between 1940 and 1950 who has rivalled the impact of most of the male poets cited so far", Jan Owen (b. 1940), Jennifer Rankin (1941), Joanne Burns (1945), Jennifer Maiden (1949) all are given entries of roughly the same length (8). The critical and commercial success of the slightly younger Dorothy Porter (b.1954) proved a little too contemporary for Page, with The Monkey's Mask reduced to "the verse detective novel she is now working on", even if, four lines below, his own bibliography gives the title and its publication date of 1994—the year prior (228). While the "general loosening up" caused by the "Woodstock generation", paperbacks and live performance has proven fruitful, Page concedes that the majority of his sixty-four chosen poets are no longer writing, with only twenty-four remaining active, the rest "lost to journalism, academia, early death, arts administration, the novel and the counter-culture of northern New South Wales" (2-3)...' (Introduction)

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