Clive James’s new book of essays, Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language, makes plain at the outset a desire to “keep things terse and particular.” Many of these pieces are short essays that address a general reader and conduct close readings of particular poems, even particular lines; many were commissioned by Christian Wiman, the former editor of Poetry magazine (to whom James dedicated a recent collection of poems). “I was getting old,” James observes in the introduction, “and the concentration necessary for writing a long piece seemed better reserved for writing poems, when they came.”
Very interesting interview with Donald Hall about Revision ... Take a few minutes to read - and agree or disagree.
I like to think of revision, not as tinkering with words but as re-vision - seeing it all again. Sometimes the whole damn thing needs a different point of view or a further resetting (like a diamond in a ring).
What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee.
Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants across 23 countries mostly in continental Europe but including the UK, the US and Australia, offering a dose of caffeine to any customer who hands over one of their own poems.
It’s not clear if cashiers will be exercising their critical judgment (“This comparison between your girlfriend and a red, red rose is a little overfamiliar – I’ll have to insist on a rewrite”), whether they’ll be focusing on quality or quantity (“This haiku is very nicely turned, but I don’t think it’ll stretch to a skinny frappucino extra-grande with the extra slice of melon”), or what kind of rights your barista will acquire over your work. But if you feel moved to liquidate your lines, you can find participating outlets on the campaign’s Facebook page – let us know how you get on either here or with the hashtag #PayWithAPoem on Twitter.
New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function
Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memories back.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions - amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.
The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the Labor government in 1975 to a vocal proponent for progressive causes often at odds with his own party.
more than five hundred people visited the Brett Whiteley Studio to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday 22nd February. The next day we welcomed in 16 years of poetry at the Studio with Hani Aden and Saba Vasefi. Saba’s daughter Minerva, who is a cellist for the Sydney Youth Orchestra also performed.
This month we launch two collections from interstate poets M.T.C. Cronin and Maria Zajkowski.
Sunday 22 March 2015 | M.T.C. Cronin and Maria Zajkowski MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays), several of which have appeared in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, internationally and in Australia. Cronin has studied arts, law, literature and creative writing and after working for the decade of the nineties in law, began teaching writing in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. She currently lives, with her partner and three daughters, on a biodynamic farm in Conondale in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland. Recent poetry collections include The World Last Night (UQP, 2012) and in possession of loss (Shearsman Books, UK, 2014). Her 2001 book, Bestseller (Vagabond, 2001), is forthcoming in French translation (Editions de l'Amandier, Paris) in 2017. Her latest collection has been a twenty-year work in progress, The Law of Poetry published by Puncher and Wattmann, will be launched.
Maria Zajkowski is based in Melbourne, but originally from New Zealand. In 2001 she was funded by Arts Victoria and in 2003 by the Australian Council of the Arts to write a manuscript, 'From an island', based on her experiences as the child of a refugee, which in 2007 was shortlisted for the Alec Bolton Award. She has participated in the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and the Alphabet City Festival (Toronto). Shortlisted for the 2008 Newcastle Poetry Prize and the 2009 Bridport Prize (UK), Maria won both the 2011 and 2012 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize with suites of poems from 'The Ascendant'. More recently she has collaborated with local and international composers. Poems from 'The Ascendant', recomposed for voice by Wally Gunn (Princeton), have been performed widely in the USA by the Grammy Award winning group Roomful of Teeth and will feature prominently on their upcoming album. She is currently working with Australian composer Biddy Connor on a selection of pieces for voice, musical saw and string quartet, based on the history of the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. The Ascendant published by Puncher and Wattmann will be launched. www.mariazajkowski.com