Thing and Unthing

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Vagabond Press, 2014 - Australian poetry - 44 pages
I get an odd kind of pleasure from writing longhand underneath pre-selected titles, titles that seem to imply or propose a tonal space from which to begin generating and/or arranging material. A small show of drawings, prints and paintings by Jasper Johns at the Museum of Modern Art titled Regrets made me curious to try that word as a title this past spring, and the term Pregrets - the fantasy or fact of getting ready to feel sorrow or distress, the attendant humours such a frame might provoke, the probability of not landing in the predetermined spot, the derangement of proposed memories popped into place after awhile and eventually took over as the primary term to work under. As the process of writing these poems is on-going, I don't have a further assessment to make of their makes, and don't want to force one out just yet, out of fear of stopping the vehicle before it ends on its own terms. I can say that I'm relying heavily on what I consider internalised collagist wiring to make relatively quick decisions about what gets into the poems.

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About the author (2014)

Angela Gardner was born in Wales and lives in Australia. Her first book PARTS OF SPEECH (UQP, 2007) won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, then followed VIEWS OF THE HUDSON (Shearsman, 2009), and two fine press collaborations twelve labours, with GWENN TASKER and THE NIGHT LADDER with Lisa Pullen, both lighttrappress 2009. She has received fellowships, grants and commissions. Currently University of Queensland History/UQ Art Museum artist in residence for Conflict. She edits at THE TOLD WORLD (selected poetry) will be published by Shearsman in 2014.

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