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In Transit : A Sonnet Square sequence   poetry  
  • Author:agent Martin Johnston http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/johnston-martin
Issue Details: First known date: 1984... 1984 In Transit : A Sonnet Square
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Duende in Darlinghurst i "If out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry, what", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 25) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 59) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
Biography i "About love and hate and boredom they were equally", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 26) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 59-60) The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse 1996; (p. 193) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
Hecate County i "`This faux pas may be on the nose' (SMH crossword)", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 27) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 60) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
The Rout of San Romano; or, Arsenal 3 Manchester United 2 i "Three goals in the last minutes, when tens of thousands", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 28) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 60) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
The Modern Primitive i "He ground his own pigment from brightly coloured stones.", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 29) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 61) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
The Cafe of Situations i "In this cafe they have solved the problem of names.", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 30) The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry 1991; (p. 326) On the Move : Australian Poets in Europe 1992; (p. 117) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 61) The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse 1996; (p. 193) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
The Plato's Cave Hotel i "Now his old mansion houses a double ghost.", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 34) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 63) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
Of Time and Typing i "I sit here writing you letters that always cross", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 35) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 64) The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse 1996; (p. 193-194) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
Drinking Sappho Brand Ouzo i "Crackup, last day of Carnival, first of Lent,", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 36) The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry 1991; (p. 326) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 64) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
For the Cretan Maker i "As always, lose a friend and gain an emblem.", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 37) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 65) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
On Aggression: Group Self-Portrait as Greylag Goslings i "And home at last between drafts. Back in Athens", Martin Johnston , 1984 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 38) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 65) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;
Games and Pastimes Martin Johnston , 1984 sequence poetry
— Appears in: The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap 1984; (p. 31-33) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 61-62) Jacket , October no. 1 1997;

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Dedication : For Roseanne

Works about this Work

When Person and Public Are Hard to Square : Transnational Singularity in Martin Johnston’s ‘In Transit’ Ann Vickery , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 18 2018;

'While a large amount of Martin Johnston’s poetry, reviews, and interviews were gathered and edited by John Tranter in a 1993 publication, there has only been a handful of critical works engaging with his poetry. During his lifetime (1947–1990), Johnston published three collections of poetry, a novel, and a collection of Greek translations. He appeared in The New Australian Poetry (1979) and is often viewed as a key member of the ‘generation of 68.’ While Johnston’s poetry could sometimes be long and highly experimental, its anthologisation has tended towards the least difficult. Brian Kim Stefans suggests that Johnston juggles the desire for a public with an alternative sense of solipsism in much of his work, even going so far as to argue that it is Johnston’s ‘private singularity or sense of himself as unassimilable detail [that] makes him distinctive among Australian poets’ (n.p.). This desire might be viewed more broadly as a desire for cultural belonging or what Petro Alexiou terms ‘a deep emotional connection and empathy with common experience and culture’ (n.p.). Alexiou suggests that this desire for connection is in tension in Johnston’s writing with ‘a very complex intellectual and artistic response to it.’ This constant analysis of belonging, of try to understand the self’s relationship to culture, leads to a sense of unassimilable detail in Johnston’s work that is often bound up with a sense of excessive and endless textuality.' (Introduction)

When Person and Public Are Hard to Square : Transnational Singularity in Martin Johnston’s ‘In Transit’ Ann Vickery , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 18 2018;

'While a large amount of Martin Johnston’s poetry, reviews, and interviews were gathered and edited by John Tranter in a 1993 publication, there has only been a handful of critical works engaging with his poetry. During his lifetime (1947–1990), Johnston published three collections of poetry, a novel, and a collection of Greek translations. He appeared in The New Australian Poetry (1979) and is often viewed as a key member of the ‘generation of 68.’ While Johnston’s poetry could sometimes be long and highly experimental, its anthologisation has tended towards the least difficult. Brian Kim Stefans suggests that Johnston juggles the desire for a public with an alternative sense of solipsism in much of his work, even going so far as to argue that it is Johnston’s ‘private singularity or sense of himself as unassimilable detail [that] makes him distinctive among Australian poets’ (n.p.). This desire might be viewed more broadly as a desire for cultural belonging or what Petro Alexiou terms ‘a deep emotional connection and empathy with common experience and culture’ (n.p.). Alexiou suggests that this desire for connection is in tension in Johnston’s writing with ‘a very complex intellectual and artistic response to it.’ This constant analysis of belonging, of try to understand the self’s relationship to culture, leads to a sense of unassimilable detail in Johnston’s work that is often bound up with a sense of excessive and endless textuality.' (Introduction)

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