Tag: Nicolette Stasko

And now for something completely (well, maybe not completely) different

by Nicolette Stasko Interviewer: Well, hello Nicolette, glad you could make it. NS: Thanks, happy to be here. Interviewer: Just a few straightforward questions to get started. NS: Fire away. Interviewer: Is your nationality American? NS: No, I’m Australian. Interviewer: What are you reading at the moment? NS: I had dinner with my Inspector Maigret supplier last week and now have a new stock of Simenon. I chose A Crime in Holland to read first, as it sounded the least ‘dark’, hoping not to get too excited or addicted because I have to finish this post. But I’m already halfway…

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The Painterly Eye

by Nicolette Stasko It would be an understatement to say that almost every poet has written about art. I could use this entire post to list only the Australians. In his preface to Writers on Artists, Daniel Halpern comments, ‘many important writers have spent a significant part of their non-writing time thinking about painting and sculpture’[1]. The American poet, John Ashbery, also an art critic and friend of artists, immediately comes to mind along with his brilliant long poem, ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’, ‘As Parmigianino did it, the right hand/Bigger than the head, thrust at the viewer. … The…

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‘Apologia’ with Rave

by Nicolette Stasko Writing A blog (short for weblog)[i] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries or ‘posts’. It’s interesting that Blog is also be used as a verb, meaning ‘to maintain or add content to a blog’. ‘The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users’ (Wikipedia). I hope I’m not stating the obvious. I’m not normally a blogger nor a bloggee. (BLOG is such an ugly word!) This is a…

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The Reef is Not a Poem

by Nicolette Stasko When I began to think about a topic for my first post I realised that I had an opportunity to write about something I am passionate about but don’t usually get to address: conservation and the environment as represented by the natural phenomenon of the Great Barrier Reef. Readers who are familiar with my poetry or my book Oyster: from Montparnasse to Greenwell Point, would not find my interest surprising. For me, like many poets (including Judith Wright, whose work is also a main focus of this piece), the land and especially the sea is a ‘manifestation…

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October Montly Blogger – Nicolette Stasko

A huge thanks to Joshua Mostafa for his excellent, interesting posts. Our monthly blogger for October is Nicolette Stasko! Her bio is below: A teacher of literature and creative writing, Nicolette Stasko has long been active in Australia as a critic, reviewer, editor and scholar. She has been a contributor to Southerly since 1987. Her first collection, Abundance, won the Anne Elder Award in 1993 and was shortlisted for the National Book and NSW Premier’s Awards. She has since published four collections and three chapbooks, including new and selected poems, Glass Cathedrals. Her latest volume is under rats from Vagabond…

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