Ode Ode

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Salt, 2002 - Poetry - 102 pages
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A book that ‘does’ the subject: including pop fantasies of hares, fluteplayers, nudes, whores and Proust; (Marianne) Moore-style constructions of a gamut from Gosse to Guns ’n Roses; sequences inspired by the songs of DJ Shadow, Blur and Oasis. A poetry of phrases rather than lines, of a mind thinking (Stein’s ‘entity’) rather than a presentation of thought/identity. Following Brecht, suspense is held in high disregard; following Baudrillard, a democracy is offered: each poem a small celebration of the now, like a promiscuous Frank O’Hara with too many secrets. It’s about balancing: influences/sources; what’s written/what’s unwritten; resistances/acceptances of meaning. God gave us irony to trick the devil, but the devil was already inside.

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About the author (2002)

Michael Farrell was born in Bombala, NSW in 1965. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Picador New Writing 3 and Calyx 30 Contemporary Poets (Paper Bark Press); he received the 1999 Harri Jones Memorial Prize. He has lived in Melbourne since 1990 and is the Australia editor for slope (www.slope.org).

Email limecha@hotmail.com.

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