Tag: Liam Ferney

December Monthly Blogger – Best Southerly Blogs of 2016

Many thanks to Nic Low for a fantastic month of blogging. To see out 2016, this month we’re featuring some of our most visited blogs posts of the year. We’ll be back in January 2017 with more great blogs and bloggers, beginning with Roanna Gonsalves author of The Permanent Resident.    2016 in review: Luke Beesley, ‘Poets in Cars, An Interview with Nicholas Powell‘ Eileen Chong, ‘Eileen Chong Interviews Eileen Chong‘ Kate Fagan, ‘Into the Interior‘ Liam Ferney, ‘10 outrageous things that happened in poetry in 2015. You won’t believe what number 6 is!‘ Nic Low, ‘The secret history of Australia’s…

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The Ham Actor

by Corey Wakeling 1. A secret to admit. I’ve been writing novels lately, but only as a bellows to an unlit fire. The tinder of poetry hasn’t taken for almost a year, shooting a few sparks in the last week, but otherwise perfectly unlit since February 2015 when I moved from my home of six years, Melbourne, to Western Japan. Initially when I arrived here last year I wrote poetry kind of desperately. Because of a month’s window of free time but also due to unexplainable bodily malaise, I was feeling mortally determined to preserve what thinking was immediately at…

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10 outrageous things that happened in poetry in 2015. You won’t believe what number 6 is!

by Liam Ferney, This is and isn’t a top ten poetry list for 2015. There are ten entries. They’re not all poets or books. Very few, if any, were actually published this year. But it is an opportunity to share the work that most shaped my thinking about poetry this year. I said enough about Michael Robbins last week, but if I hadn’t The Second Sex would be on my list. Next year I’ll be contemporary. I promise. deciBels (Vagabond Press) Pam Brown’s brilliantly curated deciBels series, Vagabond Press’ Rare Objects replacement, proved a fertile well. Familiar faces in the…

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Nothing makes poetry happen

by Liam Ferney Chris said he’d start World War 3. Rand told on Chris but nobody listened. Donald said he’d confiscate the bad kids’ Facebook. Jeb said Donald was chaos. Donald called Jeb names. Ben said he could kill thousands of children because he’s saved thousands of children. Or something. Nobody understands Ben. Wolf’s parents made him invite Carly and John but they just stood in the corner. No one spoke to them. Ted said Marco said. Marco said Ted said. And they all said Barack was bad and he wasn’t doing anything, but given the chance they’d do exactly…

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Why I Won’t Get Married in September

by Liam Ferney It was our first visit to a wedding venue. We’d done the tour. Have you got a date in mind, the manager asked? Anytime but the last weekend in September, I replied quickly. Sarah looked surprised. We hadn’t really discussed dates. It’s the AFL Grand Final I explained. They both shook their heads. Before this year I never really thought I’d get married but I always knew that if I ever did I’d steer clear of September. There are plenty of other Saturdays in the year and what if, just what if, our 50th anniversary coincides with a…

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Art’s place in all of this

by Liam Ferney Held biannually since 1895, the Venice Biennale conquers La Serenissima filling two major venues, the Arsenale and the Giardini, colonising most of the city’s mid-sized galleries and stuffing a stack of palazzi and scuole with exhibits from across the globe. At the centre of it all is a curated show sprawling across the major venues. This year the reigns were handed to world renowned Okwui Enzwezor, a Nigerian curator who splits his time between New York and Munich, for All the World’s Futures. And those futures, in Enzwezor’s telling, don’t seem particularly bright. Some days I’d definitely…

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December monthly blogger – Liam Ferney!

A huge thanks to Felicity Castagna for her wonderful posts. Our blogger this month is Liam Ferney. His bio is below: Liam Ferney is one of Australia’s leading younger poets. His latest book, Content (Hunter Publishing), is a hand grenade tossed into the middle of polite society that uses the argot of politics and the internet to tackle religion, war, love and late capitalism.  It follows on from Boom which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literature Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards. He is a former Poetry Editor of Cordite and regularly reviews poetry for Rabbit, Cordite and Southerly.…

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