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  • tight ensemble includes a poem by Geoff Page a fine poet and jazz tragic a poem that as it happens riffs off an error I made an error that flatters him as he acknowledges though it was meant neither to flatter nor to deceive in a review of his recent collection of jazz poems A Sudden Sentence in the Air also published by Extempore early in 2012 As well as

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/love_is_an_endless_improvisation_on_a_theme_jazz_in_extempore_2012/ (2016-05-02)
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  • to be printed on paper a review essay of Barbara Blackman s memoir Glass After Glass So it s feels good to have some work in there again Here s the link to Eureka Street s home page a journal of news Read More Bluewrens Post pastorals and Musical Justice An interview in New Welsh Review online 97 Published Tuesday September 04 2012 Label New Welsh Review has just posted a long Q A I did with poet Kath Stansfield http www newwelshreview com article php id 344 pagetop Starting with Margaret River Sestets a West Australian poem by an East Coast Australian which recently won the Cardiff Prize we range wide and dive deep metaphor eros and play in lyric poetry the wild music of poetry and places how one catches the lyric joins the jazz of places and why that still more than ever maybe matters pastorals and post pastorals and odes the ethics and aesthetics and politics of writing the betrayal of nature we have all been Read More Opening Lines Published Thursday August 16 2012 Label I m reading this Sunday with Lizz Murphy in Yass NSW Lizz fine poet indefatigable and visionary poetry entrepreneur has organised the gig Opening Lines the first in a series I think featuring local Southern Tablelands poets The event at The Oddfellows Hall which seems a good name 67 Comur Street Yass is supported by Poetry Australia STARTS and the ACT Writers Centre IT starts at 2 pm and includes an open mike Inquiries 02 6226 5806 I m going to read some brand new poems I m excited about along with some older favourites Come along Read More Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Published Thursday July 19 2012 Label Literature Wales has just announced that

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/P20/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Judy Cassab confesses that writing biography felt to her for many years like a species of literary failure If you re embarrassed about your writing it might leak into your syntax and diction That s what I thought was happening here But midway through Niall s memoir swayed by her intelligence and modesty I realised that reserve is an ethic she learned in a Catholic education it is an aspect

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/telling_oneself_short/ (2016-05-02)
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  • made of clay Obsessed with sex and evil and truth determined to go again and again to the hell at the bottom of the American ego possessed of a prodigious gift for speaking the minds of men as different except in their fanaticism as it s possible to get from his own Read More Under the Mountains and Beside a Creek Published Tuesday May 01 2007 Label Critiques Robert Gray and the shepherding of antipodean being PROLOGUE Pastoral Latin pertaining to shepherds J A Cuddon Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms Literary Theory Since modern Australia rode to prosperity and nationhood on the sheep s back as it is said and since the feet of millions of sheep like four times as many roving jackhammers have done unspeakable damage to soils never in their long history acquainted with hard hoofs it behooves us to consider the kind of pastoral this dry continent now needs us to write Clearing the land for Read More Telling Oneself Short Published Tuesday April 10 2007 Label Critiques What I disliked at first about this little brown book Brenda Niall s memoir of a life spent writing other people s lives I came in the end to admire For half its length Life Class reads like another Australian work of nonfiction speaking itself tunelessly forth as though literature were the work of novelists alone Despite its wisdom and circumspection Life Class is a piece of life writing without much life in its writing Niall an accidental biographer whose subjects have included the Boyds and Judy Cassab confesses that writing biography felt to her for many years Read More A Terrible Beauty Published Tuesday November 14 2006 Label Critiques I wept at the end of The Road as I ve never wept over a book as though

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/C9/ (2016-05-02)
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  • sky butcherbirds at song jacarandas in bloom children at play in the street In The Road nature has stopped The world has gone up in flames the air is ash cities stand empty the earth has lost the gift of life and one good man and his child are walking through the end of time toward the coast living off leftovers from the former world and evading cannibals and death squads who haunt the failed earth and travel the road too There is nothing to hope for but the man and the boy go on So you might not believe me if I tell you I came away from this bleak book as from a cathedral or a canyon or the birth of a child Clearly McCarthy is showing us here what he thinks the world may be coming to And yet this might be his most hopeful novel in this wrecked world lyrically evoked around the nameless man and child goodness carries on But the novel engenders hope joy even for another reason The Road is a radical and sustained piece of indirection what it s really about is everything that isn t in it The miraculous world of

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  • problem in Eggers book is not the story it s the novel And I wish it didn t matter but it does Billed as both an autobiography and a novel the book is told by a Sudanese Read More The Devil and the Detail Published Tuesday May 08 2007 Label Critiques If you wanted to read your way through the Norman Mailer oeuvre thirty six works to date you wouldn t start at The Castle in the Forest his new novel because that would be as far as you d get Mailer is a titan of the modern novel and his feet are made of clay Obsessed with sex and evil and truth determined to go again and again to the hell at the bottom of the American ego possessed of a prodigious gift for speaking the minds of men as different except in their fanaticism as it s possible to get from his own Read More Under the Mountains and Beside a Creek Published Tuesday May 01 2007 Label Critiques Robert Gray and the shepherding of antipodean being PROLOGUE Pastoral Latin pertaining to shepherds J A Cuddon Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms Literary Theory Since modern Australia rode to prosperity and nationhood on the sheep s back as it is said and since the feet of millions of sheep like four times as many roving jackhammers have done unspeakable damage to soils never in their long history acquainted with hard hoofs it behooves us to consider the kind of pastoral this dry continent now needs us to write Clearing the land for Read More Cowshed One Published Wednesday April 25 2007 Label Letter From Cowshed Poems Straight from throwing what s left of yesterday to the hens and loosing them into their yard I walk to the cowshed and

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/P160/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Some nights I drag my feet Hell I growl here we are again Beside me my beloved lies already Why not I think jump straight to Paradise Read More Gift Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems For Daniel You have the gift of understanding dreams And this pride of lions rests in the den of your heart You are the dream of peace they sleep it seems So sleep and know your self and find your part You have the gift of calming troubled kings By telling them the truth in what they see Sad men will rain bad dreams upon all things So sing and wake the world and let it be You have the gift of Read More Wingecarribee Ecologues Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems I My daughter not yet one crawls to my chair and takes my pens and tries to steal the book I try to write in This could be a metaphor but who knows My son fresh from the bath and naked yet steps into my boots This could be another but I hope not I sit in the corner of the thick of my life and I think I ll keep on writing till I run of pens II I write I think to sound Read More Sorry Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems Sorry to bombard you with poems she writes and that gets me thinking Now war no matter how good it feels or just now and then is never a good idea It never works no matter how many thousand shiplike songs it s launched But what I get thinking is we could do with some poems like small arms fire we could do with the kind of violence poetry works the kinds of exit wound

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/P155/ (2016-05-02)
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  • by now in years now gone sixty cows would already have stood and let themselves be milked and sent back to the paddock and the river and I walk back to the house for coffee to let the fire make up its mind And through the French doors I look back at the yellow shed askew in the morning and I watch it send up smoke to get lost in

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