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  • Author:agent Martin Johnston http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/johnston-martin
Issue Details: First known date: 1971... 1971 Shadowmass : Poems
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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:University of Sydney. Arts Society , 1971 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Undergrowth (for Sarah)i"in a curving season when the morning glory", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 4-5)
Quantumi"The art photographer alone", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 6-7)
Breakagesi"A mongrel broken on Parramatta Road", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 8)
Commai"silence being plural, last and", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 9)
Partingi"When all our metaphysics are confuted", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 10)
To Greece Under the Juntai"No bird sang that year", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 11)
In Memoriam Phan Thi Maoi"if this were a poem I might have said that", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 12)
Climate of Emptinessi"empty faces we once knew", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 13)
Dross : Ii"There was I remember a golden storm", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 14)
Dross : IIi"Brown water rasps across the mouth", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 15)
Dross : IIIi"The pedlar lives at the bottom of a well", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 16)
Nikhil Bannerjee: Town Hall Concerti"Music, breathing of statues maybe, but also", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 17)
Shadowmass : Ii"I, caught now unawares in the red moon's mouth,", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 18)
Shadowmass : IIi"the women's faces swept with crescent shadow", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 19)
Shadowmass : IIIi"and yet", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 20)
Shadowmass : IVi"railway lines ask nothing only", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 21)
That Mine Own Precipicei"this morning I seem to have woken up", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 22)
Sequestrumi"There's a special sort of madness in the colours", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 23)
Openingi"Lying I felt, between this and that foliate", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 24)
Song: Green Moon Bluesi"man on a mountain trying to reach the rain", Martin Johnston , single work poetry (p. 25)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

In Transit : Migration and Memory in the Writings of Martin Johnston and Dimitris Tsaloumas Julian Tompkin , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 19 no. 1 2019;

'In August 1964 Martin Johnston boarded the Ellinis in the port of Piraeus, destined for Sydney, Australia, bringing to an end his 14-year estrangement from the land of his birth. Johnston, who had lived abroad most of his life in England and Greece, would return as a literal migrant to his own country. It was a theme that would prove fecund and deeply allegorical for the then 17-year-old son of authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift, later manifesting in his poetic works such as In Transit: a sprawling 14-part paean to Johnston’s immutable sense of displacement.

'A little over a decade before, in 1952, Greek poet Dimitris Tsaloumas would complete the same metamorphic journey, fleeing his Dodecanese homeland and arriving in Melbourne, Australia where he would take up the uneasy mantle of Australia’s Hellenic poet in exile. Despite parabolic overtures of assimilation, paradoxical themes of longing and dislocation pockmark Tsaloumas’s vast canon, tethering an uneasy union between his two divergent worlds both ancient and contemporary; familiar and profoundly alien.

'This essay explores the lives and comparative themes of exile in the works of both Johnston and Tsaloumas—writers who both identified as Xenos, a Greek word that translates as both ‘guest’ and ‘stranger’—and investigates the often incorporeal, irredeemable and contradictory natures of nostalgia and belonging.' (Publication abstract)

Martin Johnston (1947-1990) Gig Ryan , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scripsi , vol. 7 no. 3 1992; (p. 229-244) Journal of Poetics Research , March no. 4 2016;
Exiled by Circumstance and Inclination : Martin Johnston 1947-1990 Martin Duwell , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Editions , September no. 8-9 1990; (p. 9-10) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 273-276)
Writer's New Gambit Pays Off 1984 single work criticism biography
Present Poetry Thomas Shapcott , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , Autumn [June] vol. 11 no. 1972; (p. 250)

— Review of Shadowmass : Poems Martin Johnston , 1971 selected work poetry ; The Lost Forest Charles Buckmaster , 1971 selected work poetry
Present Poetry Thomas Shapcott , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , Autumn [June] vol. 11 no. 1972; (p. 250)

— Review of Shadowmass : Poems Martin Johnston , 1971 selected work poetry ; The Lost Forest Charles Buckmaster , 1971 selected work poetry
Martin Johnston (1947-1990) Gig Ryan , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scripsi , vol. 7 no. 3 1992; (p. 229-244) Journal of Poetics Research , March no. 4 2016;
Writer's New Gambit Pays Off 1984 single work criticism biography
Exiled by Circumstance and Inclination : Martin Johnston 1947-1990 Martin Duwell , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Editions , September no. 8-9 1990; (p. 9-10) Martin Johnston : Selected Poems and Prose 1993; (p. 273-276)
In Transit : Migration and Memory in the Writings of Martin Johnston and Dimitris Tsaloumas Julian Tompkin , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 19 no. 1 2019;

'In August 1964 Martin Johnston boarded the Ellinis in the port of Piraeus, destined for Sydney, Australia, bringing to an end his 14-year estrangement from the land of his birth. Johnston, who had lived abroad most of his life in England and Greece, would return as a literal migrant to his own country. It was a theme that would prove fecund and deeply allegorical for the then 17-year-old son of authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift, later manifesting in his poetic works such as In Transit: a sprawling 14-part paean to Johnston’s immutable sense of displacement.

'A little over a decade before, in 1952, Greek poet Dimitris Tsaloumas would complete the same metamorphic journey, fleeing his Dodecanese homeland and arriving in Melbourne, Australia where he would take up the uneasy mantle of Australia’s Hellenic poet in exile. Despite parabolic overtures of assimilation, paradoxical themes of longing and dislocation pockmark Tsaloumas’s vast canon, tethering an uneasy union between his two divergent worlds both ancient and contemporary; familiar and profoundly alien.

'This essay explores the lives and comparative themes of exile in the works of both Johnston and Tsaloumas—writers who both identified as Xenos, a Greek word that translates as both ‘guest’ and ‘stranger’—and investigates the often incorporeal, irredeemable and contradictory natures of nostalgia and belonging.' (Publication abstract)

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