Tag: Pam Brown

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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Holey holey holey : reading Kim Hyesoon

Pam Brown In the “Translator’s Note” for Korean poet Kim Hyesoon’s book All the Garbage of the World, Unite!, Don Mee Choi says that she responded to a condescending request from a US literary journal to “change the word ‘hole’ because it has negative connotations”.  She wrote: “During the Korean War (1950 – 1953), about 250,000 pounds of napalm per day were dropped by the United States forces. Countless mountains, rice fields, and houses were turned into holes. Four million perished, leaving more holes. It’s a place that is positively holey. Kim Hyesoon’s hole poem comes from there, and so…

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How coded is that : reading Susan Wheeler

Pam Brown Now that no one can remember how they lived before computers came into their homes almost a quarter of a century ago, I thought I’d say something here about Susan Wheeler’s Source Codes. It’s a collection of poetry, drafts, code and photo-collages published back in 2001. At first these poems can seem discordant but if you stick with them you’ll find that they’re firmly congruent with their sources, and are, in fact, assiduously organised. A ‘source code’ is a written instruction in a list of textual commands that programmers compile and translate into ‘machine code’ that a computer…

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Thinking in collage : reading Duncan White

Pam Brown This week, as well as distractedly scrolling down hundreds of posts on the corporate social advertising site, facebook, I read hard copies of the Sydney Morning Herald every day, reviews in the London Review of Books, plus real time + onscreen, Rabbit issue 5, Art Monthly, various poems and essays in the current Southerly andvarious articles in Lemon Hound, Rhizome, E-rea, The Believer and Triple Canopy online magazines. I also caught up with the second issue of Pete Spence’s new handmade magazine ETZ . ETZ #2 has poems by Laurie Duggan, Michael Farrell,  Berni Janssen, Rae Jones, Kent…

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Atoms of language : reading Joseph Massey

Pam Brown Sometimes when I start to read a new book of poems that immediately strike me as poems I’m going to love and most probably be influenced by, I can hardly continue reading the book. I have to close it straightaway and put it aside. I feel a mixture of ardour and mildly disconcerting anticipation where I’ve recognised an aesthetic disposition that seems uncannily aligned with my own. Then later, once I’ve recovered from this short shock, I return and read it like an addict absorbing an anodyne. It happened today when I opened Joseph Massey’s At the Point.…

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October Monthly Blogger – Pam Brown

Thank you, Belinda Castles, for your excellent posts. This month we have Pam Brown as our monthly blogger. Her bio is below: Pam Brown has published many books, including Authentic Local (Soi3 Modern Poets, 2010), an e-book The meh of z z z z (AhaDada, 2010), and, more recently, a booklet of six poems More than feuilleton (Little Esther Books, 2012). She was the poetry editor of ‘Overland’ for five years at the turn of the millennium. In 2011-12, she edited Fifty-one contemporary poets from Australia for ‘Jacket2’ where she is an associate editor. Pam blogs intermittently at thedeletions.blogspot.com.au. She lives in Alexandria, Sydney.