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Kent MacCarter Kent MacCarter i(A89446 works by)
Also writes as: 'Horsehead Malley'
Born: Established: Montana,
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Male
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1 Light Foxing i "You hound 1/2 of an indefensibly slow conversation between air and", Kent MacCarter , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry 2020; (p. 123)
1 4 y separately published work icon California Sweet Kent MacCarter , Parkville : Five Islands Press , 2018 14201241 2018 selected work poetry

'On the roofs of windowless malls and advertising conglomerates, Kent MacCarter is dancing. Shimmy, bebop, pogo, he's climbing billboards to wall-flip up high over the parking lot, its asphalt vistas, naturalising heaps of disposable packaging, target markets heading to their cars under the power grid. He's making a maelstrom up there, sucking it all in-real maraschinos, Donkey Kong, nuclear reactors, fibromyalgia, quietude, cup-a-soups. It's 'draping sparkle on the troposphere'. It's giving the republic of letters its republic back. '& it's a total fucking gas'.

- Lisa Gorton

'Kent MacCarter is writing like no other poet. His post SF Renaissance and post-language new lyricism are all tussling with an Australian sense of edges. Transcultural and non-national, these poems rip through assumptions and leave us flabbergasted. A generative tension drives word deployment, with words making meaning, developing that 'genuine strangeness' that shifts poetic discourse into something differentiated, generative, essential. In MacCarter's work, the 'ordinary' becomes strange and a lens through which we might re-see our certainties. There's an accentual and cultural slippage grappling with the 'new' in interrogative ways that are beyond satirical-the poet inside and outside what is being critiqued, culpable and also stunned by what is seen. Inside, because he is a participant in the cultural debates and discussions of the modern, and outside because his language is so self-propelling that the poet follows in its wake, watching on. These critiques of commercial fetishisation and gender stereotyping/exploitation are politically and ethically driven challenges to us all, requiring us to question our own modes of reading. This is a riveting work-compulsive, committed and drop-jawed wondrous.

- John Kinsella

1 Dark Batteries and Skipping the Liquid : Bella Li's Argosy Kent MacCarter , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Rabbit , no. 22 2017; (p. 130-135)
1 Mujeongwiundong Mangwon-dong (North Korean Blanket Remix) i "A stooped walk, long and with day. Heavy seed", Kent MacCarter , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 145)
1 1 y separately published work icon 20 Poets : Selected Poems, Cordite Books Series 1 & 2 Kent MacCarter (editor), Carlton South : Cordite Press , 2017 11986340 2017 anthology poetry
1 Cyan 0%, Mag 69%, Yel 100%, Key % i "US Coast Guard U-turned to Pier Thirty-nine", Kent MacCarter , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter vol. 227 no. 2017; (p. 45-47)
1 They Will Oxidise Before You Even Finish Reading Kent MacCarter , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Winter vol. 227 no. 2017; (p. 18-23)

'Einstein’s theory of general relativity states that matter can cataclysmically implode, creating a state where a given density and the space-time curvature split towards infinite values. This is referred to as a singularity, or – as it is known to ordinary folk – a black hole. Extending out from a black hole’s unfathomably dense centre and extraordinary gravitational pull is a finite volume of space that ends in an event horizon: a demarcation – a line in the cosmic sands – from which nothing inside can escape: not rock, metal, Judas Priest, photons, alliteration or anything else. The closer that matter gets to a singularity, the more the laws of physics fail, eventually collapsing entirely.'  (Introduction)

1 California Suite Kent MacCarter , 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Exostale Chrestomathy 2016; Active Aesthetics : Contemporary Australian Poetry 2016;
1 Dalit / Indigenous Australian Editorial Mridula Nath Chakraborty , Kent MacCarter , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;
'This special issue of Cordite Poetry Review has its roots in a project Mridula Nath Chakraborty has been working on for the last three years: Literary Commons: Writing Australia–India in the Asian century with Dalit, Indigenous and Multilingual Tongues. It publishes twenty-five Indigenous Australian and twenty-six Dalit and tribal Indian authors and their poems in the original language and in translation. Each Indigenous Australian poem is translated into an Indian language, offering a glimpse of the twenty-two official languages of India and some not-so-official ones. Each official Indian language is represented in a poem by Dalit and tribal poets. All the poems published here feature across two pages: the translation appears first, followed by the original on a second page. Forty translators were engaged to work on this special issue.' (Introduction)
1 Upon Cutting My Finger While Chopping Onions and Learning That Cicadas from Venus Are Invading the Planet i "sweet flinders jeezus this", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , November vol. 5 no. 2 2015; Writing to the Wire 2016; (p. 187-188)
1 Lawn Boy Gestalt (v2.0) i "Jim’s Meowing is Jim’s Cheesemaking and Jim’s Datum Pointing was Jim’s Nappy", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 51.1 2015;
1 Are You Ready to Go Superfast? i "to be with the dancing women", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 19)
1 Beginner Botany i "I know naught of danish smallgoods", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 75 no. 1 2015;
1 Jetstar to Rockhampton i "¿¿ oil jobs dot com triple burger bacon dot com yes to fracking dot org 1 800 flowers 4 u dot come I", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , April no. 17 2015;
1 Perigean Spring Tide Arrives in Yagoona i "lost, Rachel Louise Carson", Kent MacCarter , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain : An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics , February vol. 2 no. 1 2015;
1 500 Year Stare 500 Yard Stare Out of a South-facing Window from Don Diego de Vargas Middle School, New Mexico i "Refrain from bringing a cell phone onto Pueblos", Kent MacCarter , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Latino Press 2014-;
1 The Portuguese i "Spoke, Mulher's dipthongs org", Kent MacCarter , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: ETZ , April no. 8 Apr 2014; (p. 35)
1 A Dish of Frosted Mini Wheats in Honolulu i "When did it get here? What did it want? Oh soul,", Kent MacCarter , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: ETZ , April no. 8 Apr 2014; (p. 34)
1 6 y separately published work icon Sputnik's Cousin : New Poems Kent MacCarter , Melbourne : Transit Lounge , 2014 7833795 2014 selected work poetry essay

'The poems and non-fiction collected in Sputnik’s Cousin rinse, relent and tumble in the slipstream of modernity. The indefatigable nature of objects – how they reverberate in the proximity of others and become polished from anachronistic histories retold – hum a progress charged by humanity’s witless pursuit of technology and civility. MacCarter’s poetry is a menagerie of Rube Goldberg contraptions; invoking idiom, definition, and refraction while harnessing the slope, speed and gravity of language to set in motion these absurdist machines. A light switch is turned off, but not by means of a flick: it took fracking in Russia, the building of a sand castle and a monastic jeep to do so. These are maximalist poems whose syntax is coerced through yoga ... poems of humour, warning and visceral sound.' (Publication summary)

1 Sundown over Badwater Basin, California i "The Russians insisted on feeding me. They", Kent MacCarter , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2014; (p. 37)