THREE META-POEMS: EMILY DICKINSON, WALLACE STEVENS, HARRYETTE MULLEN.
We’ve created a three-part mini-course/sampler of metapoems — one proto-modern, one modern, one postmodern. Listen to a brief audio introduction and then watch three video recordings of several of us working through close readings. [Jacket2]
STICKY’S FESTIVAL OF THE PHOTOCOPIER 2015 is happening on February 12th-15th, with the massive zine fair in Melbourne Town Hall happening on the Sunday.
FOTP 2015 ZINE FAIR
MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY from 12-5pm.
Now taking applications for zine stalls. Just to make sure you know: we will only accept zine stall applications. It is a zine fair. We are a zine shop. It is a zine event. If you are planning on mostly having a stall selling records or ‘Keep Calm’ tea towels or knitted Morrisseys* or whatever, this is not the event for you. ZINES! Please. Thank you.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the zine(s)/distro you’ll be representing, with the email subject ‘ZINE STALLOUT’ – it’s like a cross between zine stall and callout, see.
Thankyou! We can’t wait. And THANK YOU to Ashley Ronning Design for that save-the-date. Lovely. See more here.
THE POET TASTERS: “… there is no commercial sphere against which ‘literary’ poetry defines itself, however much handwringing there might be about accessibility. The most celebrated or popular Australian poetry volume will struggle to sell 1000 copies. It takes manic tenacity or global fame to make a career by writing poems. The total revenue of all Australian poetry volumes in any given year would struggle to match the advance for a mid-list novelist.
[Ben Etherington, Sydney Review of Books, 30th Jan 2015]
POETRY IN AUSTRALIA: A RANT.
“… the usual claims – no-one makes a living from poetry; 1000 copies is a best seller; and ‘the total revenue of all poetry sold in one year would struggle to match the advance for a mid-list novelist.’
MARK STRAND, WHO DIED IN NOVEMBER at the age of eighty after a long battle with cancer, is the first among my oldest friends to go. Having known him for forty-six years, I’ve come to realize since he passed away what a huge presence he was in my life and still continues to be. [Charles Simic, ‘New York Review of Books’]
COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH: WE’LL CELEBRATE A WOMAN FOR ANYTHING, as long as it’s not her talent.
“COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best-selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: ‘I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.’ ” [Rebecca Shaw writing in The Guardian, 30th Jan 2015 and lamenting the way that in obituaries, women’s lives are too often abridged and disrespected].