Your President, Eileen Myles
After more than 40 years in New York, Eileen Myles still reads with that broad Boston accent and remains fascinated by ideas of the constructed self. That self has been variously described as 'queer feminist literary icon', 'underground punk poet' and even, in Myles's own ironic formulation, 'your President'.
An undeniable, unclassifiable and prolific talent, Eileen Myles writes poetry, fiction…
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Omar Musa
For the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited our speakers to probe a blazing, hot topic: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for…
Your President, Eileen Myles
‘I got to New York in the seventies, and I remember looking at Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen – these are working-class kids from New Jersey – and I thought, “I’ll be a working-class kid from Boston.”’
After more than 40 years in New York, Eileen Myles still reads with that broad Boston accent and remains fascinated by ideas of…
Emily Wilson: The Odyssey Retold
Bizarre, brutal and beautiful, Homer’s The Odyssey is a story of adventure and revenge. It’s one of our oldest stories and an enduring source of obsession for readers, scholars and storytellers.
In Australia, if you studied The Odyssey at school or at university, you probably read it in English and in prose. How much of the rhythm, pace and spirit…
Barry Hill: Reason and Lovelessness
Poet, essayist, journalist, critic, editor, novelist, historian, librettist – Barry Hill is one of Australia’s most versatile and distinguished writers; he has won Premier's Awards for poetry, non-fiction, and the essay.
Across genre, form and discipline, he’s been drawn again and again to the big subjects: questions of history, human psychology, politics and spirituality.
His new book, Reason and Lovelessness…
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Australian Poetry in your Phone
Wheeler Centre resident organisation Australian Poetry has launched its own iPhone app. The app aims to be a one-stop shop for Australian poetry: “We would like to list all leading Australian poets, poetry organisations, poetry publishers, poetry prizes and all relevant associated entities and resources.” Poets and organisations not currently listed in the app can apply to be included with the next update. The…
Metaphorical Guns for Hire
In the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, the eponymous hero - a brilliant poet with an extremely large nose - improvises romantic poetry to help his friend seduce the woman they both love. With an entrepreneurial panache arguably untypical of poets, Australian Poetry have taken this idea to a whole new level. The Australian Poetry website is putting out a call to poets…
Thirty of the Best
In the US, National Poetry Month is drawing to a close. Does its timing have anything to do the famous first line of TS Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’? Not according to Wikipedia, but we have our suspicions.
The New York Review of Books has been celebrating the occasion with a selection of 30 of the best poems ever to have been published in its pages…
Ladbrokes Likes Our Les
Les Murray's latest, Taller When Prone
Poet Les Murray is favourite Australian in the race for the Nobel Prize according to British bookmakers Ladbrokes.
The bookies put Les Murray at an equal seventh in the running for the prize at 11/1 along with Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. The current frontrunner is Swedish poet and translator Tomas Transtromer at 5/1. Two other Australian authors made…
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