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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Surface to Air
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'Surface to Air, evolving over a period of five years from 2006 to 2011, is an impressive follow-up to Savige's extremely successful debut Latecomers. It charts Jaya's various poetic influences during this period, which have included David Malouf, Peter Porter, Les Murray and Giuseppe Ungaretti.

'While many of the poems in latecomers, concerned the history and landscape of Bribie Island, where Savige grew up, this collection is about leaving the island and as such, it signals a departure from Latecomers.

'The title, Surface to Air, conveys the central themes of the collection, which include: the archaeological exposure of history, both personal and cultural, to the present; the struggle for literal inspiration, (a title of one of the poems) in contemporary life, with issues ranging from consumerism to personal grievance and loss; the ubiquity of violence, and the relationship between actual violence and the simulacrum of violence and war (connoted by the phrase "surface-to-air missile"); among others. It is also an invitation to be mindful of the surface effects of language.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Madeline.
  • Epigraph: Find me a thermal to speak and soar to you from. - W. S. Graham

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 2011 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Sand Islandi"Gnats phit like nanojets.", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 3-7)
Note: With first line: A pair of blue tigers
5.07 A.M.i"Sundials shark through", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 8)
Summer Figi"A serene riot of bees, a pollen air,", Jaya Savige , 2010 single work poetry (p. 9)
Breathing Roomi"Friday night in, out", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 10)
Skin Repairi"Peeling again, I roll my thumb across", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 11)
Serial Lighti"Across the ditch, next stop Christchurch,", Jaya Savige , 2007-2008 single work poetry (p. 12)
Note: With first line: Across the ditch,
La Quercia del Tassoi"Here, take my weight, for I'm light as shadow", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 15)
The Pain Switchi"The moon's white knife, etching", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 17)
Duendei"Just now I thought I heard you say", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 18)
The Monastery of Sant'Onofrioi"Winter is in the trees. The fountain's moss-stained", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 19)
Public Executioni"On this concrete daylight nicks its blade.", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 20-21)
Piazza di Spagnai"No fantastic cascades blitz", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 22)
Nothing's True on Tuesdayi"What bass has boomed tonight", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 23)
Circular Breathingi"There's a man with dreadlocks playing the didgeridoo", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 24-25)
The Iliad (Disambiguation)i"is an e-book device, with an electronic paper-based display", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 26)
Xeniai"Looking back at the introduction", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 27)
Note: With first line: More than the cause of thunder
Recycling Nighti"By the electric cyan glow of my phone", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 28-29)
Empire Streeti"Clouds smother the outnumbered sun.", Jaya Savige , 2007 single work poetry (p. 30)
Note: With first line: Cirrus wisps usurp the tyrant sun.
Crisisi"Once I was entrusted with a planet.", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 33)
Januaryi"We sit to a bowl of miso ramen,", Jaya Savige , 2011 single work poetry (p. 34-35)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Words of Great Worth Robyn Annear , David Day , Lyn McCredden , Peter Pierce , Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 30-31)
This column comprises the judges' comments on the shortlisted works for the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award. (The list includes three titles, outside the scope of AustLit, by James Boyce, Paul Ham and Jane Gleeson-White.)
Australian Poetry 2011-2012 Judith Beveridge , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 30-46)

— Review of Amphora Joanne Burns , 2011 selected work poetry ; Edge Music Stuart Cooke , 2011 selected work poetry ; Linen Tough as History Julie Chevalier , 2012 selected work poetry ; Error Elizabeth Campbell , 2011 selected work poetry ; Night Birds Michelle Cahill , 2010 single work poetry ; Vishvarūpa Michelle Cahill , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems Mal McKimmie , 2011 selected work poetry ; Outside David McCooey , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Welfare of My Enemy Anthony Lawrence , 2011 single work poetry ; This Woman Adrienne Eberhard , 2011 selected work poetry ; Electricity For Beginners Michelle Dicinoski , 2011 selected work poetry ; Interferon Psalms : 33 Psalms on the 99 Names of God Luke Davies , 2011 selected work poetry ; Keeping Carter M. A. Carter , 2012 selected work poetry ; The Keeper of Fish Alan Fish , 2011 selected work poetry ; A Sudden Sentence in the Air : Jazz Poems Geoff Page , 2011 selected work poetry ; Concrete Tuesday David Musgrave , 2011 selected work poetry ; The Bearded Chameleon Chris Mooney-Singh , 2011 selected work poetry ; Southern Barbarians John Mateer , 2009 selected work poetry ; The Yellow Gum's Conversion Simon West , 2011 selected work poetry ; Four Refrains John Watson , 2011 selected work poetry ; Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry ; Knuckled Fiona Wright , 2011 selected work poetry
The Latest Word Heather Taylor Johnson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 26 2012; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Alison Clifton Reviews Jaya Savige Alison Clifton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 12 February vol. 37 no. 1 2012;

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Time-Travelling Collection Takes Surprising Paths Fiona Wright , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 February 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Untitled Andrew Wilkins , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August vol. 91 no. 2 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Enclave of Images Gig Ryan , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 336 2011; (p. 63)

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Untitled Loula Rodopoulos , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Poetic Cool with Wit and Serious Style Michael Byrne , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 2011; (p. 32)

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Untitled Michelle Cahill , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , October no. 10 2011;

— Review of Surface to Air Jaya Savige , 2011 selected work poetry
Words of Great Worth Robyn Annear , David Day , Lyn McCredden , Peter Pierce , Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 30-31)
This column comprises the judges' comments on the shortlisted works for the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award. (The list includes three titles, outside the scope of AustLit, by James Boyce, Paul Ham and Jane Gleeson-White.)
Last amended 4 Mar 2013 10:35:09
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