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Alternative title: Toil
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... no. 52.0 1 October 2015 of Cordite est. 1997 Cordite Poetry Review
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* Contents derived from the 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Collapse of Space : On Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses, John Kinsella , single work criticism
'I think making comparisons between Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses and other writers is somewhat distracting of the novel’s achievement. If there was another novelist who came to mind during my reading of this novel it was actually Virginia Woolf, though this was in a distant modernist way, and echoed my reading of To the Lighthouse of almost thirty years ago. (As I write, my partner Tracy Ryan, calls out from her study and reads a piece to me saying Lisa Gorton herself draws this link to Woolf – which I didn’t know when I read the book and thought it.) No, what came to mind was actually the ‘tension’ between ‘technical drawing’, representational painting and a late expressionism. My markers were visual, which might be assumed, with Anna running a gallery and the subtext of the novel being representations of the actual world as aesthetic, and how much they don’t translate. Scott’s drawing of Kit is wrong and he knows it, and so does Kit, but in telling a lie about her it also tells her a lie she needs to hear. In that liminal dubious way he interacts with her, giving a snowball effect (in a hot climate) to rumours of impropriety with the teenager Hugh he’d also sketched in school uniform, board shorts, and various states of ‘naturalism’; though the subjects were dressed, in the sketches the capturing of skin, hair and flesh is more exposing than the naked body – juxtapose to the ‘life drawing’ classes and the indifference of the model, and Kit’s fascination with the colour of her breasts). Patrick’s being something of a forger who taints the family name in odd and abstracted ways is also a disclaimer that affects the way the reader interprets and absorbs the visual in the book.' (Author's introduction)
Hazel de Berg and Ella O'Keefe Interview with John Forbes, Hazel de Berg (interviewer), Ella O'Keefe (interviewer), single work interview

Recorded on 19 August 1980 by Hazel de Berg.

2015 edit by Ella O’Keefe

Origamii"This city has not dared = Esta ciudad no se ha atrevido", Juan Diego Otero , Joel Scott (translator), single work poetry
Portali"Standing in the centre like this, = Parado en el centro así,", Juan Diego Otero , Joel Scott (translator), single work poetry
Zenith / Ceniti"Since I fell from that branch = Desde que caí de esa rama", Juan Diego Otero , Joel Scott (translator), single work poetry
Turin, 1889i"A horse isn’t like a dog. = Un caballo no es como un perro.", Juan Diego Otero , Joel Scott (interviewer), single work
Hypothesis = Hipótesisi"The ideas are not ours, but from some neighbour, = Las ideas no son propias, sino de algún vecino,", Juan Diego Otero , Joel Scott (translator), single work poetry
From : Funeral Carriages Laden with Watermelonsi"What a strange species is the species angel. When I was born I heard them say", Marosa Di Giorgio , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
Cartomancyi"The dogs that sniff out the lineage of ghosts,", Olga Orozco , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
Animal That Breathesi"To breathe in and breathe out. Such is the strategy in this mutual transfusion with the whole universe.", Olga Orozco , Peter Boyle (translator), single work poetry
On a Winter's Day, George Seferis , Vrasidas Karalis (translator), single work poetry
Roryi"We’d often see Rory outside the shed trying to classify", Judith Beveridge , single work poetry
Review Short : John Emerson’s John Jefferson Bray, a Vigilant Life, Campbell Thomson , single work review
— Review of John Jefferson Bray, a Vigilant Life John Emerson , 2015 single work biography ;
Review Short : Les Murray’s On Bunyah, Lucas Smith , single work review
— Review of On Bunyah Les Murray , 2015 selected work poetry ;
Cruel Buffoonery, R. D. Wood , single work essay
Petra White Reviews Martin Harrison, Petra White , single work review
— Review of Happiness Martin Harrison , 2015 selected work poetry ;
Review Short : Simon West’s The Ladder, Nathanael Pree , single work review
— Review of The Ladder Simon West , 2015 selected work poetry ;
Review Short : Geraldine Burrowes’s Pick up Half Under, Ed Wright , single work review
— Review of Pick up Half Under Geraldine Burrowes , 2015 selected work poetry ;
Learning to Drive (Part One)i"From his lips, every word as voluptuous and breakable as a Coca Cola bottle: Rocco", Jessica Yu , single work poetry
Mainland Girlsi"Mainland girls are so materialistic,", Lia Incognita , single work poetry

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