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A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the 2012 winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize. The prize was won by Michael Farrell for 'Beautiful Mother'. ABR also comments on David Marr's talk at the 2012 Adelaide Writers' Festival. Marr's talk, focusing on Patrick White's relationship with Adelaide, will appear in the May 2012 issue of ABR.
Robert Dessaix expresses the view that 'the act of writing is an act of resistance against the mortal condition - not mortality, but the mortal condition, and not in the sense of winning the writer immortality of the clichéd kind ... but in the sense of deepening and magnifying the lived moment while writing'.