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y separately published work icon Ce que racontait Jones Catherine Rey , Paris : Phébus , 2003 Z1194193 2003 single work novel The Spruiker's Tale Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2005
y separately published work icon Picnic Fay Zwicky , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2006 Z1331175 2006 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2006
y separately published work icon Not Finding Wittgenstein Peter Henry Lepus Poems J. S. Harry , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1422070 2007 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007
y separately published work icon Ardent Jane Gibian , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1433393 2007 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007
y separately published work icon An Illustrated History of Dairies Joanne Burns , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1433452 2007 selected work poetry A new collection by Joanne Burns, a poet noted for her laconic satirical style, Its nine sections offer an energetic mix of forms, perceptions, poetic strategies and shifts, which ensure that her subjects are always seen from an unexpected angle. -- from Libraries Australia record. Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007
y separately published work icon Press Release Lisa Gorton , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1457171 2007 selected work poetry 'Press Release is Lisa Gorton's first book of poems. At its centre is a sequence set in the Mallee district of Victoria in the last years of World War II. Using elegies, dramatic monologues, portrait poems and lyrics, it explores the experience of first settlement in a meditation on ambition, patience and waste. Other poems are set in cities and in the future.' (Publisher's blurb) Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2007
y separately published work icon White Clay Lucy Dougan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1340361 2006 selected work poetry 'A complex awareness of family life is at the heart of Lucy Dougan's new collection. Its narrative interweavings lead us from the world of books and romance into motherhood and its immersion in the world of children, then summon up, in turn, the poet's own childhood, and its barely recognised estrangements, 'the father that I did not know', and later a whole new family, to be reclaimed as her own. Dougan's poems are alive to the intimations which exist at 'the fugitive border of thought', and celebrate the imagination's power to mould, to recover, and to repair.' (Publisher's blurb) Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008
y separately published work icon The Australian Popular Songbook Alan Wearne , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1491950 2008 selected work poetry prose 'The Australian Popular Songbook is a suite (though not strictly a sequence) of 28 sonnets, other 14 liners and related verse forms such as villanelles. Each poem is inspired by a popular Australian song from circa the 1880s through to 1980. The book also includes a group of mainly narrative poems inspired by places, mainly suburbs, in Melbourne, Sydney and in one case Wollongong.'--Provided by publisher. Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008
y separately published work icon Young Rain Kevin Hart , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1543334 2008 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008
y separately published work icon A Raiders Guide Michael Farrell , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1547610 2008 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008
y separately published work icon The Other Way Out Bronwyn Lea , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008 Z1549407 2008 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2008
y separately published work icon Fire Season Kate Middleton , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1340368 2009 selected work poetry The poems in Fire Season are illuminated by the intensity of everyday experience, dwelling in situations of want or absence, or radiant in the aura of those legendary beings, the heroines and monsters of film and story and myth, around whom the drama of life is concentrated. Alert to the forces which inhabit relationships, or exhaust them, and to the ways in which the moment is transformed by impending or departed consequence, the collection seeks to convey, as its title suggests, something of the vitality and the threat of fire, 'Something about heroism / and the weight of stone. Something about ash.' -- From the publisher's website Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
y separately published work icon Eighth Habitation Adam Aitken , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1571395 2009 selected work poetry Eighth Habitation takes its name from the Buddhist notion of purgatory, a mystic realm where the meaning of human lives are judged. The poems inhabit a range of landscapes and perspectives, in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and China, with an empathy and understanding that suggests a consciousness imbued with an Asian sensibility. Blending the cosmopolitan, the traditional and the unexpected, in their accumulation of detail they register the dignity and resilience of a world recovering from personal tragedy and the trauma of history. -- Publisher's blurb Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
y separately published work icon Storm and Honey Judith Beveridge , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1641736 2009 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
y separately published work icon Pirate Rain Jennifer Maiden , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1651151 2009 selected work poetry

'Pirate Rain builds on the highly acclaimed George Jefferies poems, exploring themes of power, violence, politics and love across Paris, Baghdad, New York and the waters of the Gulf.

The poems discuss the US Presidential campaign, the War on Terror, economic crises and celebrity meltdowns on the one hand, and intensely personal themes of anger, privacy, family, art and love on the other, bringing each into sharp and often biting relief against the other.

Pirate Rain is a vigorous, rich and witty collection, from one of the most individual voices of contemporary Australian poetry.' (From the publisher's website.)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
y separately published work icon Southern Barbarians John Mateer , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1651154 2009 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009
y separately published work icon Amphora Joanne Burns , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011 Z1783840 2011 selected work poetry 'This new collection by Joanne Burns - her thirteenth - investigates and appraises spiritual and religious experiences, the traces they leave, and their impact on language. Amphora opens with an extended sequence on the lives of saints, narrated by the veteran of a Catholic upbringing, and a single-sex, convent school. These poems are populated by nuns and martyrs, pilgrims, priests and deities from both Eastern and Western religions.' [Publisher's blurb] Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011
y separately published work icon Knuckled Fiona Wright , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011 Z1808972 2011 selected work poetry The poems in Knuckled range from the flooded towns of the Snowy Mountains to the burnt-out landscape of Victoria to the holiday beaches of coastal NSW. A sequence set in Sri Lanka compares the poet's and her grandfather's different experiences of Asia - other poems pursue this experience in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. But it is the suburbs of Western Sydney, where the poet grew up and now works, that is her particular territory, with its mixture of voices and perspectives rendered all the more intensely for the compression and understatement with which they are presented. Knuckled is Wright's first collection of poetry. [From the publisher] Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011
y separately published work icon New and Selected Poems Gig Ryan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011 Z1819851 2011 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011
y separately published work icon Here, There and Elsewhere Vivian Smith , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1857308 2012 selected work poetry autobiography Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon First Light Kate Fagan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1857344 2012 selected work poetry 'First Light observes the details of the world with curious and restive attention. It explores the threshold between things and words, seeking out places where music and language are equal in charting human experience. Some poems sample from other writers to create new works, often as gifts for friends. Some meditate on the tipping point between poetry and prose, or revisit established forms, such as sonnets and love letters, to stage a conversation between poetry and song. Alongside these more experimental sequences is a series of discrete lyrics, 'Authentic Nature', which responds to specifically Australian habitats - political, cultural and ecological - while asking about the role of 'nature' in poetic writing. First Light is a book of sonic discovery, philosophical insight and formal playfulness; a precise study in the music of thought.' (Publisher's blurb)
Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Open Sesame Michael Farrell , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1883097 2012 selected work poetry Michael Farrell is well known for his ability to break language and action into their component gestures, freeing the emotion locked up in them, and very often their comic or magical aspects too, as the title of his new poetry collection suggests. Open Sesame includes sonnets derived from Edna St Vincent Millay ('saints & or') and from the British police drama The Bill, a sestina on John F. Kennedy set in a laundry, an improvised parody ('et tu supermarket'), an Oulipo poem ('debit of a pirate kino'), and four long poems on friendship. The book concludes with a series of collage poems, including one which takes its cue from the legendary Phar Lap. An earlier version of open sesame won the Barrett Reid award for a radical poetry manuscript. [From Trove and the publisher's website] Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Limited Cities Lachlan Brown , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1899921 2012 selected work poetry 'Limited Cities is a collection of poems which searches for and finds grace in outlying and disadvantaged parts of the city that are often derided or ignored. The primary setting is Sydney's south-western suburbs, with their housing estates and shopping malls and highways, places featured in the media for crime, social tension and corruption. Elsewhere in the collection, these suburban scenes are set against their European counterparts, with rhapsodies on the Parisian banlieues during Advent and Lent, and list-poems set on the streets of Barcelona. Lachlan Brown's poetry draws a self-aware and precarious authenticity from these contested landscapes, using a variety of forms which allows his poems to be personal, political and revelatory by turns' (Publisher blurb).
Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Prepare the Cabin for Landing Alan Wearne , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1901154 2012 selected work poetry The collection includes an affectionate portrait of three Melbourne high school teachers in the early 1960s, and a saga which records the destinies of their pupils. It also includes satires on the worlds of finance and drug-dealing, literary academics and baby-boomer libertines, and seven new poems based on Australian pop songs. [From the publisher] Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1901163 2012 selected work poetry Autoethnographic tunes into the feedback loops of liquid modernity and the strange loop of the self. With an anarchic openness to anxiety, dysfunction and the endless hunger for community, Brennan's third collection offers hallucinatory jumpcuts from a dystopic near-present inhabited by casino capitalists, bonobo cultists, free market geneticists, grifters, lurkers and lovers going about their business in the aftermath of the freedom agenda. Interrogating the surreality of perpetual growth and the violent ellipses of democratic capitalism, his short narratives are jagged canticles to the beautiful monsters of language, love, friendship and family; field notes from a protean and kaleidoscopic world governed by speed and recurrence, the flows of desire and the architecture of fear; a disorientating and relentless mix of elegy, anti-poetry and post human punk. [From the publisher] Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Liquid Nitrogen Jennifer Maiden , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1928945 2012 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
y separately published work icon Goad Omen Corey Wakeling , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013 Z1923757 2013 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)

'Goad Omen is Corey Wakeling's first full-length collection of poems, a vibrant and witty interplay of depths and resurfacings, portraying a world littered with grim foreshadowings and kitschy memorabilia alike.' (Publisher's blurb)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Hotel Hyperion Lisa Gorton , Sydney : Giramondo Publishing , 2013 6128421 2013 selected work poetry Sydney : Giramondo Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Ephemeral Waters Kate Middleton , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013 6151036 2013 selected work poetry (taught in 2 units) Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon New Works on Paper Luke Beesley , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013 6152767 2013 selected work poetry Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Unbelievers, or 'The Moor' John Mateer , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013 6564720 2013 selected work poetry

'John Mateer’s previous poetry book Southern Barbarians traced the influence of the Portuguese empire in the Indian Ocean – it was shortlisted for the PM’s Award for Poetry and the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ Literary Awards. Unbelievers, or The Moor takes this exploration one step further, to recover its Arabic and Islamic origins in Al-Andalus, the Moorish state which occupied much of present-day Spain and Portugal from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries. A seat of learning and culture, which combined Muslim, Christian and Jewish influences, it provides a model for Mateer’s own mixed background as a South African Australian, and for his nomadic identity as a poet. The collection is much concerned with influential but invisible histories; with the poem as a moment of connection between languages and cultures, so that it seems already to exist in translation; with doubles and hauntings, friends in far places, and above all, what Mateer calls ‘the irony of Elsewhere’.' (Publisher's blurb)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2013
y separately published work icon Devadatta’s Poems Judith Beveridge , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014 6898099 2014 selected work poetry (taught in 4 units)

'Devadatta’s Poems complements the sequence ‘Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree’, published in Beveridge’s earlier collection Wolf Notes, which followed the travels of Siddhatta Gotama before he became the Buddha, and portrayed the world from his disciplined and ascetic point of view. These new poems are written from the viewpoint of Devadatta, Siddhatta’s jealous and ambitious cousin, who attempted to murder him three times. They are marked by an extraordinary richness of language and detail, and a dedication to sensation, which is in contrast to Siddhatta’s purity, and caused at least in part by Devadatta’s desire for Yasodahra, his cousin’s wife.' (Publisher's blurb)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon The End of the World Maria Takolander , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014 6902293 2014 selected work poetry

'Maria Takolander is a poet of uncompromising vision and imaginative power. She strips the world of easy sentiment, restoring experience to the realm of the body and the materiality of history. Her work is characterised by gothic beauty, but it can also be marked by deadpan wit. This collection is divided into three parts, focusing on the alienating event of childbirth; those places of the poet’s imaginative landscape haunted by the past (Finland, South America, and Australia); and the cruelties suffered and inflicted by the human animal. The End of the World, Takolander’s second full-length poetry collection, reveals the strangeness of our lives in verse that is often provocative and always striking.' (Publisher's blurb)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon Final Theory Bonny Cassidy , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014 7193374 2014 single work poetry

'Final Theory is a long poem told in episodes, combining two fragmentary story lines – the one following a couple as they travel through landscapes which are at different times pristine and ravaged by progress; the other portraying the sensations of a child tumbling through the ocean, encountering evidence of lost worlds. Researched and composed in countries that were once part of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana – New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica – the poem places its figures within vast scales of time and space. The focus on two generations, the near-future and the far-off future, raises questions about the development of consciousness, and what place we as humans have in the unfinished process of chance and change.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon Brush Joanne Burns , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014 8009653 2014 selected work poetry

The title of Joanne Burns’ new collection brush highlights the reader’s first experience of a poem, its initial electricity; and the way the poem offers a surface of words that proceeds to reveal their possibilities or intentions. The central sequence ‘road’ is an animated display of the fashions of being in contemporary life – these poems are cheeky, playful, mercurial, surreal. Then there is the sequence called ‘bluff’, which excoriates twenty-first century financial culture with bite, hilarity and a sense of the absurd. There is a section devoted to personal memoir, including a five-part poem featuring Bondi beach, and a suite of memory fragments depicting twentieth-century modes of travel. The final group of poems, ‘wooing the owl (or the great sleep forward)’, explores the night, sleep and dreams, with their strange tones and surprising perspectives. There are 80 poems in the collection, most of them short, stressing the compressed pleasure that only poetry can offer. [From the publisher's website]

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon Drones and Phantoms Jennifer Maiden , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014 8106784 2014 selected work poetry

'Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literature Award, the richest literary prize in Australia Shortlisted for the international Griffin Poetry Prize Drones and Phantoms is a powerful successor to Maiden's prize-winning collection Liquid Nitrogen, and again features her unique interweaving of the personal and the political, in the use of intimate and public poetic modes within each poem and within the collection as a whole. The poems are in fact conversations, not only between the poet and the reader, but between historical and political figures, such as Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, Tanya Pliberesek and Jane Austen, Mandela and Obama, Queen Victoria and Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who come to life in Maiden's poems to discuss their anxieties and ethical insecurities. There are also poems on the Cypriot financial crisis, Jimmy Hoffa, Judith Wright, Julia Gillard, the Copenhagen giraffe killing and Russian power in the Crimea. Maiden is unique both for the interrogative power of her poems, and the sense of vulnerability they express, in their subjects, and in the poet herself.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2014
y separately published work icon Jam Sticky Vision Luke Beesley , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015 8474980 2015 selected work poetry

'Jam Sticky Vision is the successor to Luke Beesley's highly-regarded third book of poetry, New Works on Paper, published by Giramondo in 2013. The poems in this collection blend observation, memory and anecdote - with particular interest in American film, rock music, visual arts and poetry, and the way they inhabit the poet's everyday life in contemporary Melbourne. They create 'an uncanny universe', which hovers somewhere between the real world and that of the poet's imagination, characterised by surprising encounters and fleeting details rendered with the utmost clarity, full of intimate disclosures and yet somehow public in its openness, where everything is animated by liveliness - objects, sensations, colours, even words as they appear on the page. As one critic has noted, "Beesley's books make for very healthy reading. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, the menu not overly processed - no greasy late-night noir." As another has written, "his windows open out to an 'other' view, wholly within our grasp but difficult to articulate".' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015
y separately published work icon The Guardians Lucy Dougan , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015 8597845 2015 selected work poetry

'Many poems in this collection explore the intrusions of 'the wild' into daily life, through memories, in illness, and in places that you've lost or left behind. Dougan is interested in the ways in which the past re-enters the present, particularly through the secrets of family life, in all kinds of atavism, and in pockets of wildness in the suburbs and the city which are a source of liveliness and a dark sort of energy. Her poems feature old houses, ruins, revisited places; they focus on the bonds between the generations, between children and adults, humans and animals, and humans and the physical world. The title of the collection refers broadly to these ties, which impose a sense of guardianship on those who are bound by them. In contrast to the wildness they recognise, the poems themselves seek to tread lightly - they aspire to quietness and reticence, to cumulative rather than immediate effects, and to sustaining a relatively natural and unobtrusive voice.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015
y separately published work icon The Fox Petition Jennifer Maiden , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015 8837952 2015 selected work poetry

'New poems by Australia's foremost political poet, written in response to the social crises that confront us now.

'Jennifer Maiden's new collection deals with xenophobia and the rejection of otherness, whether immigrant or domestic. It takes as its emblem the fox, representing our fear of the introduced and ill-reputed, but its title also refers to the petition of the great Whig statesman, Charles James Fox, for the rights of all people, including freedom of speech and habeas corpus. Fox himself is the subject of some of the poems, while others focus on the crisis in Greece, Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt reflecting on poverty and human rights in Iowa, and the development of Julie Bishop in relation to the vulnerability and sensibility engendered by politics and crisis. There is a dialogue between Obama and Gandhi on the methods needed to ensure political results, Kevin Rudd tries to explain Manus Island to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Keith Murdoch and his son Rupert discuss their attempts at idealism in the glass penthouse apartment of the latter.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015
y separately published work icon Word Migrants Hazel Smith , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2016 9187521 2016 selected work poetry

'Hazel Smith’s new poetry collection engages in a direct way with contemporary political and social issues – civil war and the flight of populations, oppressive regimes and the disappearance of dissidents, the unpredictable effects of climate change – relating these issues to the personal experience of death and dementia, abuse and disability and childlessness. The poems project intense psychological states of indecisiveness, anxiety, disorientation and guilt, making use of surreal conjunctions and metaphor to dramatise the sense of unease. Smith is a new media artist and musician, and the poems employ a variety of techniques drawn from these fields, flourishes of linguistic coloratura, the evocation of virtual realities, cutting and pasting from the internet, remixing, sampling and quotation, to drive home their effects.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2016
y separately published work icon Fragments Antigone Kefala , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2016 9635376 2016 selected work poetry

'Antigone Kefala is one of the elders of Australian poetry, highly regarded for the intensity of her vision, yet not widely known, on account of the small number of poems she has published, each carefully worked, each magical or menacing in its effects. Fragments is her first collection of new poems in almost twenty years, since the publication of New and Selected Poems in 1998, and possibly her last. It follows her prose work Sydney Journals (Giramondo, 2008) of which one critic wrote, 'Kefala can render the music of the moment so perfectly, she leaves one almost singing with the pleasure of it'. This skill in capturing the moment is just as evident in Fragments, though the territory is often darker now, as the poet patrols the liminal spaces between life and death, alert to the energies which lie in wait there. And such energies! "Up, in the blue depth / a bird cut with its wings / the light / such silk, that fell / and rose, heavily, / singing through the air.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2016
y separately published work icon The Honeymoon Stage Oscar Schwartz , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 11453163 2017 selected work poetry

'Debut collection by a young poet whose simple, funny and deceptively naïve poems engage with the virtual realities of the internet.

'The Honeymoon Stage is a collection of poems written for friends on the internet over a five-year period. These friends were spread across the globe, and most of them the poet had never met, and will never know. Poetry was the method by which the correspondents felt they could authenticate themselves to one another, despite their separation in space, and their friendships being mediated through screens. The poems engage with the flattened syntax of internet language, registering its awkwardness while bringing human qualities to the centre of the exchange. They inhabit a surreal world marked by shifting identities and video-clip encounters, blog-like intimacies and strange scraps of information, discovering in this reality new ways of thinking and feeling.' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017
y separately published work icon Lunar Inheritance Lachlan Brown , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 11542525 2017 selected work poetry

'A hoarding Chinese grandmother fills her home with objects, unable to distinguish between the value of things. Meanwhile, her Asian-Australian grandson travels to China for the first time, wary of the revelations that the trip might offer, as he tries to make sense of his own Chinese and Anglo-Australian background. In Guangzhou, Kaiping, Shanghai, and Beijing, amidst the incessant construction and consumption of twenty-first-century China, a shadowy heritage reveals and withholds itself, while the suburbs he knows from back home are threaded into the cities he visits, forming an intricately braided Chinese-Australian inheritance.' (Publication Summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017
y separately published work icon Passage Kate Middleton , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 11570001 2017 selected work poetry

'Middleton reintroduces the reader to the world, to the strange and familiar, in ways that stay on, dwelling in the imagination with a sense of something akin to obsessive reverence. Jo Langdon, Mascara Literary Review

'Kate Middleton’s third poetry collection continues her preoccupation with terrestrial and other landscapes, both real and imagined. The poems haunt, and are haunted by, the legacies of literature and history: whether inhabiting the scientific laboratory, the exploratory voyage, the layered history of landscape, or the voices of past authors, they are interested in the border-zones of understanding, in both the ‘the riddle of untrodden land’ and the buried history of lost empires. Formally, the poems move between traditional lyric and collage-style forms of quotation and erasure. Others take a speculative turn away from the book’s historical grounding, such as in the sequence of poems titled ‘Watching Science Fiction’ that are scattered throughout the book. Passage traces an imaginative path through orientation and disorientation, where a god in the form of a lion and rabbits with eyes ‘fantastically in bloom’ surprise and enchant at every turn. It observes the world under a watchful gaze, ‘Patient as an avalanche.’' (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017
y separately published work icon Newcastle Sonnets Keri Glastonbury , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018 13865303 2018 selected work poetry

'Once a working-class heartland, Newcastle is now acclaimed as one of the top 5 hipster cities in the world. In the sequence of sonnets which compose her homage to Newcastle, Glastonbury celebrates the city's oddities and contradictions, remixing the material effects of gentrification with the regional vernacular and punk drama of locally based social media – blogs, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Google Maps. An antipodean, regional queering of Ted Berrigan’s New York-based Sonnets, Glastonbury’s poems make music from what's around, embracing both DIY chutzpah and the swipes, likes, and filtered screens of internet culture. This is Newcastle in cosplay, part eggs benedict, part pebblecrete, where a coal boat named 'Fiction' is always approaching the shore.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018
y separately published work icon Aqua Spinach Luke Beesley , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018 13866474 2018 selected work poetry

'Aqua Spinach rounds out a trilogy of books interested in the affinities between poetry and other media – visual arts, music, and particularly in this collection, cinema. The poems in Aqua Spinach blend observation, memory and anecdote, producing surrealistic imagery as they pivot and twist from image to image. They are infused with the atmosphere of surrealist cinema, mimicking the films’ focus on dreams, fragments and humour, while also speaking to the author's quotidian Melbourne milieu.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018
y separately published work icon Green Shadows and Other Poems Gerald Murnane , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 15442184 2019 selected work poetry

'Gerald Murnane turns to poetry at the end of his literary career, writing frank, disarming poems that traverse the rich span of his life.  

'I esteem / above all poems or passages of prose / those that put a lump in my throat. — Gerald Murnane, ‘The Darkling Thrush’

'Gerald Murnane, now in his eightieth year, began his writing career as a poet. After many years as a writer of fiction, he only returned to poetry a few years ago when he moved to Goroke, in the Western Districts of Victoria, after the death of his wife. The forty-five poems collected here are in a strikingly different mode to his fiction — without framing or digressions, and with very few images, they speak openly to the reader of the author’s memories, beliefs and experiences. They are for this reason an important addition to his internationally recognised body of fiction, most recently Border Districts and Collected Short Fiction, published by Giramondo.

'The poems include tributes to his mother and father and to his family, and to places that have played a formative role in his life, like Gippsland, Bendigo, Warrnambool, the Western Districts, and of course Goroke. Especially moving are his poems dedicated to authors who have influenced him — Lesbia Harford and Thomas Hardy, William Carlos Williams, Henry Handel Richardson, Marcel Proust, and with particular force, the eighteenth-century poet John Clare, who gives the collection its title, revered ‘not only for his writings / but for his losing his reason when / he was forced from the district he had wanted as his for life.’'  (Publication summary)

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon A Novel Idea Fiona McGregor , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 15527366 2019 single work autobiography

'A unique, intimate portrait of writer’s working life,as experienced by one of Australia’s most highly regarded novelists and artists.

'A Novel Idea is a memoir in photoessay form that follows Fiona McGregor’s life as she writes her award-winning novel Indelible Ink. It is a tongue-in-cheek rumination on the monotony and loneliness of the novelist’s daily life, and the act of endurance the writer must perform.

'Through an extended sequence of photographs taken on a hand-me-down camera, accompanied by terse, evocative captions, the book spans several years of labour and procrastination, elation and despair. The details of the outside world intrude as McGregor works on the novel alone in her Bondi flat, with nothing but a desk, a pin-board, a laptop and a cat, and in studio spaces in Berlin and Estonia.

'McGregor’s voice is wry, vulnerable, at times caustic, capturing the colloquial qualities of her fiction and the durational nature of her performance art via the ephemeral and essential thoughts that take up an author’s days, weeks, and years.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon Crow College : New and Selected Poems Emma Lew , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 15528009 2019 selected work poetry

'The dark aura of Emma Lew’s poetry has made her a compelling and mysterious presence for successive generations of Australian poets. Lew is highly regarded for the dramatic intensity of her poetry, which combines sudden shifts of voice and perspective with a heightened awareness of the moment. Her mastery of the ominous setting and the resonant line, and her command of poetic form – particularly the interior monologue, the pantoum and the villanelle – draw on a deep correspondence between the figure of the defiant woman, volatile, dangerous, ironic, and the destructive forces of history. This selection brings together poems from her previous collections The Wild Reply, Anything the Landlord Touches and Luminous Alias, as well as twenty-four new poems not previously collected in book form.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon Intimate Antipathies Luke Carman , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 15892811 2019 selected work essay

'Intimate Antipathies is a collection of essays on the writing life, offering Luke Carman’s unique comic perspectives on writers’ festivals, residencies and conferences, the particular challenges faced by writers who grow up in contested borderlands like the suburbs of Western Sydney, and the connections between writing and dreaming, writing and mental illness, writing and the complications of family life. From his famous jeremiad against arts administrators in ‘Getting Square in a Jerking Circle’, through the psychotic attack brought on by the collapse of his marriage, to his surreal account of meeting with Gerald Murnane at a golf club in the remote Victorian village of Goroke, the essays follow the writer in his oscillations through anxiety, outrage and ecstasy – always returning to his great obsession, the home on a small mountain in Sydney’s west, where his antipathies with the real world first began to shape his imagination.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon On Drugs Chris Fleming , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 15892910 2019 single work autobiography

'On Drugs explores philosopher Chris Fleming’s experience of drug addiction, which begins while he is a student and then becomes a life-threatening obsession.

'Fleming describes the intricate mechanics of drug acquisition and use, their impact on the intellect and the emotions, and the chaos that emerges as his tightly controlled life spins out of control. His account is informed by searching reflections on his childhood, with its acute obsessive compulsive disorder and auditory hallucinations, through to his teenage fixations on karate, music and bodybuilding magazines. Combining a meticulous, almost ethnographic observation of his own life with a keen sense of the absurd, On Drugs opens out into philosophical meditations on time, religion, popular culture and the body.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon Heide TT. O , Newcastle : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 17275159 2019 selected work poetry

'Heide is an epic poem about history, painting, painters, patrons and the people who made art happen in Australia — from Louis Buvelot to Edith Rowan, Tom Roberts and Robert Streeton to Vassilief, Nolan, Tucker, Joy Hester, the Boyds, Mirka Mora, and Albert Namatjira, with a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide in Melbourne.

'It is a poem that explores the influence of art and poetry on the psyche, and the influence of social class on both, from the upper echelons and industrialists of Melbourne, to the struggle of the working class through such artists as Alisa O’Connor, Noel Counihan and Yosl Bergner. It begins with the foundation of Melbourne, and in its epic scope traverses an encyclopaedic range of subjects, assembled from facts, quotations, proverbs, definitions, historical documents, newspaper accounts and the author’s own reminiscences. 

'Heide is about the poets and artists who put their lives on the line, the Australian preoccupation with landscape, the dominance of a masculinist aesthetic, the sidelining and denigration of Indigenous art, the struggle of women artists to assert their influence and presence, and the impact of migration on Australian culture. 

'It is a long poem made up of almost 300 poems, each bringing to life characters and incidents that are fleshed out in vivid detail and with a dramatic intensity unique in Australian poetry.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Newcastle : Giramondo Publishing , 2019
y separately published work icon The House of Youssef Yumna Kassab , Newcastle : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 17275284 2019 selected work short story

'The House of Youssef is a collection of short stories set in Western Sydney. The stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family and community, and nostalgia for the home country. In particular, House of Youssef is about relationships, and the customs which complicate them: between parents and children, the dark secrets of marriage, the breakable bonds between friends. The stories are told with extreme minimalism — some are only two pages long — which heightens their emotional intensity.

'The collection is framed by two soliloquies. The first expresses the longing of an old man for the homeland he will never return to. The second is the monologue of a woman, who could be his wife, addressed to her daughter, about life and its disappointments. The two central sequences are composed of vignettes which focus on moments of domestic crisis, and which combine, in the title sequence, to chart the demise of a single family. Kassab portrays the lives of ordinary people — simple, unglamorous, down-to-earth. Her understated style isolates small details and the anxieties that lurk within them. The tiny shifts in a normal day are an entire world to the people at the centre of her stories.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Newcastle : Giramondo Publishing , 2019

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