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Adam Aitken Adam Aitken i(A6079 works by) (a.k.a. Adam Alexander Patrick Aitken)
Born: Established: 1960 London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1969
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1 y separately published work icon Adam Aitken Adam Aitken , Z1093035 website

Contains a bibliography of the author's published work and text of an interview with the author by Fiona Probyn, as well as Pam Brown's review of Romeo and Juliet in Subtitles, Aitken's short story 'A Walk in the Cross', a selection of his poetry, and his reviews of Patricia Dobrez' Michael Dransfield's Lives and Alan Jefferies' Blood Angels.

1 Mont Aigual i "In the crumbling church", Adam Aitken , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 78 no. 3 2019; (p. 117)
1 Concise, Wittily Memorable & Elegant : Adam Aitken Reviews ‘Urban Gleanings’ by Mark Mahemoff Adam Aitken , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , no. 26 2019;

— Review of Urban Gleanings Mark Mahemoff , 2017 selected work poetry

'Mark Mahemoff’s most recent collection of poems will please a recent critic of Contemporary Australian Poetry, who claimed that there isn’t enough poetry about this city. Mark’s URBAN is my Sydney urban: the train stations are familiar, the aircraft noise, and the people he describes. “This is pure city” he writes, and his poem meticulously distills this quality, which is all out there in the world, but it takes a poet like Mark to find that purity.' (Introduction)

1 Arbitrage i "I sold you the message", Adam Aitken , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore , January vol. 18 no. 1 2019;
1 Velodrome of Spring i "Don't forget who got sent to the camps.", Adam Aitken , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rabbit , no. 26 2018; (p. 10-11)
1 Pilgrim Brother i "My Other reminds me of a Viking prince", Adam Aitken , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 May no. 86 2018;
1 Klang, Selangor i "A plague of swamp mosquitoes", Adam Aitken , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 23 2018; (p. 12)
1 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur i "The gardener stacks the fertiliser bags", Adam Aitken , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 23 2018; (p. 12)
1 Letter from Paris i "I have seen Durer’s famous Rhinoceros and it is real.", Adam Aitken , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Peril : An Asian Australian Journal , vol. 31 no. 2017;
1 Untitled i "After harvest there were autumn days", Adam Aitken , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 August vol. 82 no. 2017;
1 3 y separately published work icon Archipelago Adam Aitken , Newtown : Vagabond Press , 2017 11681408 2017 selected work poetry

'His most personal poetry to date, Adam Aitken's Archipelago is entirely preoccupied with the experience of living and marrying in France. Much of it written while resident at the Keesing Studio in Paris, and then in the south during a seriously cold spring, many of the poems deal with art, Romantic and Modernist writing and writers, and concepts of nostalgia, spirituality, revolution and resistance. One key question is what France (and Europe generally) mean to an Australian writer, which leads the poet to consider the 'French inspired' work of other Australian writers. At a simpler level, the collection attempts to weigh cosmopolitan culture against that of its fictive alternative: semi-rural France, where the poet asks how we might reconcile isolation with social engagement, conservative values with more outward looking perspectives? Adopting the lens of those who live there, Aitken reflects on the region's Gallo-Roman history, its myths, its communal virtues and constraints, its weather, and on the threats to its ecology.' (Publication summary)

1 Winter, Fifth Avenue, New York (1893) i "How I might learn to know", Adam Aitken , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March vol. 57 no. 1 2017;
1 In the Billy Sing Bagdad Bar-and-Grill i "I’d heard the director didn’t need an Asian to play him,", Adam Aitken , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Best Australian Poems 2016 2016; (p. 4) Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal , June no. 24 2016;
1 3 y separately published work icon One Hundred Letters Home 100 Letters Home Adam Aitken , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2016 9606183 2016 single work biography

When Adam Aitkens parents first met his father, a white Australian, had been posted to Bangkok by the advertising company her worked for. Aitken's mother was a university graduate from southern Thailand. In his quest to understand the people they were - from before he was born through to their eventual separation - Aitkens explores letters and photographs dating back more than 50 years. One Hundred Letters Home is also an account of his attempt to search for his Thai identity during a visit to the country in his early-twenties.

"Adam Aitken’s evocative memoir probes the reasons his father married his mother, an ‘Asian woman’, by researching family history, experimenting with Plots A, B, and C, and intertextual references to Christopher Koch’s 1995 novel Highways to a War, Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, and Marcel Proust’s ‘Swann’s Way’ translated into Thai by his uncle. He tests the construction of his hybridity, the notion of his Asian ‘face’ and where it might be welcome, and where and with whom a trans-Asian citizen belongs' (Gay Lynch, Transnational Literature (ctd. Vagabond Press).

1 Gestetner : A Poem from the Past i "The artists liked to live there", Adam Aitken , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Journal of Poetics Research , September no. 5 2016;
1 Australians Going Native : Race, Hybridity and Cultural Anamorphism in G.E. Morrison’s 'An Australian in China' Adam Aitken , 2015 single work
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 6 no. 1 2015;

This essay explores the notion of ambivalence in colonial modes of representation of Asian subjects in An Australian in China (1895) by G.E. Morrison (1862-1920). Morrison's attitudes and judgements about the Chinese reflect a complex set of attitudes that reflect a British Imperial stance inflected by pre-Federation bias toward Western values and toward a dominant Australian tendency to use Western standards of democracy and egalitarianism to judge the shortcomings of its Asian neighbours, as argued by D'Cruz and Steele (2003 33-4). Morrison's ambivalence has an origin in the fear that the Chinese would perhaps become more successful economic colonisers than white people. But if Morrison was ambivalent about Asians, caught between admiration for, and an anxiety about the Chinese especially, was he one of those Australians cited as those unable to "engage with constructive and continuous relations with Asia" (D'Cruz and Steel 34)? I argue that Morrison is not simply a eugenicist or anti-Asian racist, but re-iterates a British imperialist grand narrative on best-practice colonial governance and an example of how knowledge of the orient may be acquired so as to serve Imperial interests. Within this narrative all races have strengths and weaknesses, and this "melange" must be managed by enlightened white British administrators in order to ensure cultural harmony throughout the empire, and especially where British geo-political interests are at stake. This multiculturalism is segregationist but may also allow room for hybrid or cross-cultural cultures to take root through intermarriage of chosen white elites and selected subalterns (much as plant breeders select seed stock). While Morrison may praise far-flung edges of empire and those regions that the British engages with for reasons of trade, he argues that predominantly white colonies like those in Australia should remain white. Like a benign object suddenly appearing as the anamorphic skull in a Holbein portrait (Reading 26), viewed from a certain angle, what seems like Morrison's affection for China can just as easily appear as a form of aversion and suspicion. [From the journal's webpage]

1 Notre Dame de Rouviere i "Alpine ventilation", Adam Aitken , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Falling and Flying : Poems on Ageing 2015; (p. 57-59)
1 Stolen Valour Adam Aitken , 2015 single work prose
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 8 no. 1 2015;
1 Forest Wat, Cambodia i "Who knows if sufferings's inquiry leads you anywhere", Adam Aitken , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry 2014; (p. 25)
1 2 Asian-Australian Diasporic Poets : A Commentary Adam Aitken , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 February no. 41 2013;
'This essay provides a survey of the poetry of some Asian Australian poets, and does not attempt to be definitive. Diasporic poetics raise more questions than they answer and are just as much about dis-placement as about place, just as much about a 'poetics of uncertainty' as about certainties of style/nation/identity.' (Author's introduction)
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