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  • Author:agent Michael Brennan http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/brennan-michael
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Autoethnographic
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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]

Notes

  • Dedication : For Kim Selling & Matt Tripolone
  • Epigraph: Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. The fact of the matter is that the 'real world' is to a large extent unconsciously built upon the language habits of the group.
    Edward Sapir, Language
  • Epigraph: We look at the world through eyes of ancient mud.
    John Gray, Straw Dogs

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.
Who is Alibi Wednesdayi"Don't worry too much, it's all taken care of.", Michael Brennan , 2003 single work poetry (p. 1)
The Journey In, Michael Brennan , 2012 single work prose (p. 2)
After the Circusi"What sun will set here, over sweet-wrappers and ticket stubs littering", Michael Brennan , 2004 single work poetry (p. 3-5)
Any Place to Goi"It was days later. Not long after we left the convent", Michael Brennan , 2005 single work poetry (p. 6-7)
Those Ox-Heart Tomatoesi"I told my son to clear the table, 'Jumbo,' I said,", Michael Brennan , 2004 single work poetry (p. 8-9)
Wasted Resourcesi"Noah was desperate for a small advance. His", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 10-11)
Right People for the Jobi"When my uncle got back from Burma, it was sixty", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 12-13)
Lost Soldieri"The river was filled with bones", Michael Brennan , 2006 single work poetry (p. 14-15)
No Second Chancesi"'I burnt every bridge I ever walked across,' he", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Symbiosisi"He's speaking with his mouth full again, so it's", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 20-21)
The Milonguero, Michael Brennan , 2012 single work prose (p. 22-23)
Lucky Starsi"It was a dry, cold night perfect for sipping red", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 24-25)
Georgia Talkes to a Painteri"The way spirit tracks in brushstrokes or words", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 26-27)
Cast Awayi"You're a message in a bottle cast into the", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 28-29)
Character Actori"Where is this town Justice? Will you lead me", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 30)
Trembling Ontologyi"I'm in love with a dapper limber'n'limbic ladyboy", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 31)
Alibi Considers the Suburban Linei"My father was an accountant who became", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 32)
Hyde Parki"In Hyde Park, she is foraging once again for a", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 33)
Jumbo and the Happy Abyssi"Now he's up there on stilts, hammer in hand,", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 34-35)
Noah in Lovei"'If one of us dies, I'm moving to Paris.' That's", Michael Brennan , 2012 single work poetry (p. 36)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

[Review] Autoethnographic Tim Grey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 237-241)

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
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)

Tamryn Bennett Reviews Autoethnographic by Michael Brennan Tamryn Bennett , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 13 2013;

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
[Review] Autoethnographic Peter Kenneally , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
Best of 2012 : The Top 10 Poetic Works Ali Alizadeh , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , December 2012;

— Review of The Jaguar's Dream : Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures John Kinsella , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ash Is Here, So are Stars Jill Jones , 2012 selected work poetry ; The Family Idiot Fiona Hile , 2012 selected work poetry ; Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry ; 2012 and Other Poems Amanda Anastasi , 2012 selected work poetry ; Water Mirrors Nick Powell , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel ; Mogwie-Idan : Stories of the Land Lionel Fogarty , 2012 selected work poetry ; Marionette : Notes Toward the Life and Times of Miss Marion Davies Jessica Wilkinson , 2012 selected work poetry
[Review] Autoethnographic Peter Kenneally , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
Best of 2012 : The Top 10 Poetic Works Ali Alizadeh , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , December 2012;

— Review of The Jaguar's Dream : Translations, Adaptations, Versions, Extrapolations, Interpolations, Afters, Takes and Departures John Kinsella , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ash Is Here, So are Stars Jill Jones , 2012 selected work poetry ; The Family Idiot Fiona Hile , 2012 selected work poetry ; Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry ; 2012 and Other Poems Amanda Anastasi , 2012 selected work poetry ; Water Mirrors Nick Powell , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel ; Mogwie-Idan : Stories of the Land Lionel Fogarty , 2012 selected work poetry ; Marionette : Notes Toward the Life and Times of Miss Marion Davies Jessica Wilkinson , 2012 selected work poetry
Tamryn Bennett Reviews Autoethnographic by Michael Brennan Tamryn Bennett , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 13 2013;

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
[Review] Autoethnographic Tim Grey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 237-241)

— Review of Autoethnographic Michael Brennan , 2012 selected work poetry
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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