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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]

Contents

* Contents derived from the Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,:Giramondo Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Magici"wicked children wake me at noon they", Michael Farrell , 2002 single work poetry (p. 3)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2012 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 123, [i]p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Partial contents indexed. Remainder pending.
      ISBN: 9781920882846 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Life Lovely Let Me Tell Angela Gardner , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Foam:e , 28 April no. 10 2013;

— Review of Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
Interview with Michael Farrell Angela Gardner (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Foam:e , 28 April no. 10 2013;
John Hawke Reviews Javant Biarujia and Michael Farrell John Hawke , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 41 2013;

— Review of Resinations Javant Biarujia , 2012 selected work poetry ; Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
A Review of... Corey Wakeling , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Rabbit , Summer no. 7 2013; (p. 146-151)

— Review of Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
[Untitled] Jal Nicholl , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 230-236)

— Review of Liquid Nitrogen Jennifer Maiden , 2012 selected work poetry ; Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
Poems Insist on Their Own Terms David McCooey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 September 2012; (p. 22-23)

— Review of The Red Sea : New and Selected Poems Stephen Edgar , 2012 selected work poetry ; Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
Endless Stream Peter Kenneally , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 345 2012; (p. 69)

— Review of Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
John Hawke Reviews Javant Biarujia and Michael Farrell John Hawke , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 41 2013;

— Review of Resinations Javant Biarujia , 2012 selected work poetry ; Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
Life Lovely Let Me Tell Angela Gardner , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Foam:e , 28 April no. 10 2013;

— Review of Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
[Untitled] Jal Nicholl , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 230-236)

— Review of Liquid Nitrogen Jennifer Maiden , 2012 selected work poetry ; Open Sesame Michael Farrell , 2012 selected work poetry
Alan Loney launches ‘Open Sesame’ Alan Loney , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , August-October no. 5 2012;
Interview with Michael Farrell Angela Gardner (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Foam:e , 28 April no. 10 2013;
Aspects of Australian Poetry in 2012 Michelle Cahill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 68-91)

'T he act of reading for appraisal rather than pleasure is a privilege that brings me to a deepened understanding of the contemporary in Australian poetry, the way the past is being framed, its traditions, celebrities and enigmas washed up in new and hybrid appearances or redressed in more conventional, sometimes nimbus forms. Judith Wright wrote that the ‘place to find clues is not in the present, it lies in the past: a shallow past, as all immigrants to Australia know, and all of us are immigrants.’ The discipline of reading to filter such a range of voices underlines my foreignness, making reading akin to translation, whilst reciprocally inviting the reader of this essay to become a foreigner to my assumptions and conclusions.' (Introduction)

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