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  • tone deaf and the greedy and the mean Let s wage poetry like guerilla war let s mime the market place and march on the capital with metaphors let s blow the bastards apart and claim the world they think they own for the holiness of the Heart s affections and the truth of the Imagination Could we disarm the enemy which is to say ourselves with lines as killing as the loveliest woman the most innocent child the bluest line of distant hills one is ever likely to see this side of heaven Could we find the corroded circuitry in the corrupted program of the dishevelled and shining computer where all the doggerel of power and the platitudes of plenty are composed and could we enjamb the lines of code in which are encrypted the idiocies we are told we believe Surely we could find the enemy s front gates they can t be far from here and send a wooden horse or something more up to date like a plastic horse that talks and pull its string and make it sing its irresistible promises of eternal youth and faster connection times and better returns on one s investment in fuller lips and longer dicks and my family first and tougher border protection and other great democratic values so that the sharp minded guards who have no time for memory are taken in and take it in and ignore it And we could fill it lullabies and villanelles and tropes which would pour out like Greeks and take the city at night like a gift while it lies there in dreams of prosperity frowning now and then at the horror of another rise in interest rates Let s take every house and steeple and let s drop sonnets everywhere

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  • Progress In July 2008 Cambridge University Press is publishing under a different title a slightly revised version of The Little Red Writing Book in the Unites States and the United Kingdom I m working on those revisions now Read More Two Small Books Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress There are two small books I ll get to when I can The first is a book about leadership and what literature has to teach men and women who want to practise it For some years I used to teach a university program in leadership and organisational culture I speak and train in this field still and that work has sent me back to some ideas I used to trade in and some texts I used to plunder for the purpose David Whyte wrote a wonderful book called The Heart Aroused in a similar vein some ten years ago I want Read More A Book About The Consolations of Literature Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress My next work of prose after the green book is a book about the consolations of literature A sort of cross between Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris and Alain de Botton s The Consolations of Philosophy my book Reading Slowly at the End of Time is in my mind a tongue in cheek self help book for living the right life and doing the right things in an age when we may be running out of time to work that out My argument will be of course that everything one needs to know about love say and the journey of sorrow and the restoration Read More Poems Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress I have almost enough good poems together now to make a book That

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  • a lake a range a woman a pink robin Read More Quartet For The End Of Time Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Poems I Too much summer too close to home Warm days in mid September Each year summer comes early and each year we forget and say what happened to the spring as though we ever had spring on the sandstone coast of this dry eyed island inching its way north to the equator And then whatever we re call ing the season goes and Read More Rules for Walking Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems I Theory I have a general theory keep going I have a rider watch for transitions And another beware false summits II Practice Prepare for the walk by taking the walk Go a little faster than you should and a little slower than you d like Notice the pink mountain berry brilliant as a hooker s lipstick the pink robin on the Read More Lake St Clair Cycle Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems Casting Walking the other sunny afternoon along the Frankland Sands I heard a fish jump in shallows The sound drew me and then it drew the

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  • includes my Falling Water about living in two places at once both defined by water But read it for the wonderful prose of Barbara Read More The Little Red Writing Book Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Books UNSW Press 2006 Reading The Little Red Writing Book is the next best thing to participating in a workshop taught by one of the wisest most gifted and ingenious writing teachers you could hope to find precisely what Mark Tredinnick is Michael Pollan In Defense of Food Part meditation on the writing craft part writing primer part cry for grace part manifesto The Little Red Writing Book is a manual for everyone who wants to write or has to write and wants to do it better It s a book about how to make beautiful sense on paper a Read More A Small Manifesto A Speech made at the launch of Little Red Writing Book Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Books Like some failed but persistent thief I ve lived my life in sentences some of them are my own but most of them belong to other people What you have here is just about everything I haven t forgotten from having lived my life that way listening reading writing and teaching If you get to spend your life that way you are lucky and you will have many people to thank for letting you do it when there may have been just now and then other things to be getting on with I m standing here with this book in my hand Read More The Land s Wild Music Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Books Trinity University Press 2005 The Land s Wild Music Trinity University Press 2005 is a road book According to poet Pattiann Rogers The Land

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/C7/P5/ (2016-05-02)
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  • an editorial by me about that event and about the state and place of nature writing in Australia 2 Where the Rivers Meet 18 2 of Manoa 2007 I jointly edited this collection of fine contemporary Australian writing with Read More Page 3 of 3 pages First 1 2 3 What s Writing For What makes writing worth writing and reading is what the story or the poem achieves beyond

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/C7/P10/ (2016-05-02)
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  • m inspired to lines not plots to stanzas and prayers and paeans and meditations and rants I know it s weird but that s the direction my writing mind wants to wander One day I might write a novel More likely a string of short stories But I don t know Read More The Blue Plateau Published Monday October 15 2007 Label Works In Progress Back in March 2007 I finished a complete rewrite of a book The Blue Plateau I ve been working on sporadically for seven years The Blue Plateau is a work of lyric nonfiction about a place I lived in for seven years it s a piece of nature writing it s a prose poem And the book is out now with a number of publishers in the United States and Australia One way or another it should appear in 2008 09 Here s a description The Blue Plateau is a memoir of an astonishing Australian landscape and some of its people among them Read More Page 2 of 2 pages 1 2 What s Writing For What makes writing worth writing and reading is what the story or the poem achieves beyond the tale it

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  • I used to plunder for the purpose Read More A Book About The Consolations of Literature Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress My next work of prose after the green book is a book about the consolations of literature A sort of cross between Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris and Alain de Botton s The Consolations of Philosophy my book Reading Slowly at the End of Time is in my mind a tongue in cheek self help book for living the right life and doing the right things in an age when we may be running out of time to work that out My argument will Read More Poems Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress I have almost enough good poems together now to make a book That would be my first volume of poetry and I d like to see it published in the next year or so Read More The Little Green Grammar Book Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress The Little Green Grammar Book does for grammar what The Little Red Writing Book does for style The book shorter than it s red progenitor and simpler is due

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  • an old English noun for the minstrel who turns up and in deft song offers praise where it is due and gives an account of himself She spoke of me too as a poet of place not just of physical landscapes and how we inhabit them and they us but of moral and spiritual geographies landscapes of the body and mind I was also delighted to hear her speak of Fire Diary as my second book of poetry The Blue Plateau in her view being properly understood as a sustained work of poetry Thank you Judy I have never felt better understood in my self or my work Thanks to Dave at Puncher Wattmann for publishing me Thanks to everyone who came along and shared this with me In the Lotus Sutra Buddha speaks of this life as a burning house But stay in the house he said let it burn as it must Stay in the fire Inhabit without guilt as I put it in one poem in the collection the trouble you re in All that shelters us might have to drop away if one is to leave one s self behind and find the larger Self the

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