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Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 The Calling to Come
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'Based on the language notebooks of First Fleet surveyor William Dawes, Carter's minimalist text evokes a tentative cross-cultural communication based on echoic mimicry. As in Beckett, so here, much of the meaning resides in the intervals between words. In this most succinct of scripts, much is hinted at as root syllables playfully bandied back and forth begin to morph into more sinister names, commands and denials. William Dawes and Patygarang reach out to each other as they exchange linguistic and emotional tokens. This was a time when such an exchange was still possible between the colonisers and the indigenous people.'

Source: ABC Radio's Airplay website, http://www.abc.net.au/rn/airplay/
Sighted: 02/02/2009

Notes

  • Drama in poetry form.

Production Details

  • Originally produced for broadcast on ABC Classic FM's The Listening Room on 22 May 1995. Broadcast again on ABC Radio's Airplay on 1 February 2009.

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Works about this Work

Unsettling the Field : Christopher Brennan and Biodiversity Michael Farrell , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'In this paper I consider the ecological term 'biodiversity' as a metaphor within that of the more generally metaphorical term 'field', specifically in relation to Christopher Brennan's work the Musicopoematographoscope. The term 'field', in the literary context may not preclude, but does not suggest biodiversity: suggesting rather evenness, tamedness, industry, fighting or sport - and settledness. I use the ecological figure of biodiversity not as an indication of a relation between writing (poetry) and natural environments per se, but to signal an attention to survival. A literature that can be compared to a biodiverse ecosystem - rather than a field - suggests the wholeness that health is derived from. I draw on and critique the work of American poet Charles Olson and English critic Jonathan Bate.' (Author's abstract)
Formes Circulaires: A Journey Around the Radio Works of Paul Carter Andrew McLennan , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 2 2006; (p. 81-102)
Discusses the broadcasting of Paul Carter's radio plays on several ABC Radio programs.
Formes Circulaires: A Journey Around the Radio Works of Paul Carter Andrew McLennan , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 2 2006; (p. 81-102)
Discusses the broadcasting of Paul Carter's radio plays on several ABC Radio programs.
Unsettling the Field : Christopher Brennan and Biodiversity Michael Farrell , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'In this paper I consider the ecological term 'biodiversity' as a metaphor within that of the more generally metaphorical term 'field', specifically in relation to Christopher Brennan's work the Musicopoematographoscope. The term 'field', in the literary context may not preclude, but does not suggest biodiversity: suggesting rather evenness, tamedness, industry, fighting or sport - and settledness. I use the ecological figure of biodiversity not as an indication of a relation between writing (poetry) and natural environments per se, but to signal an attention to survival. A literature that can be compared to a biodiverse ecosystem - rather than a field - suggests the wholeness that health is derived from. I draw on and critique the work of American poet Charles Olson and English critic Jonathan Bate.' (Author's abstract)
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