June 21

Recent Work Reading: Anne Elvey, Jennifer Compton and Ross Donlon

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76 Alinga Street
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
June 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of the That Poetry Thing readings, join us at Smith’s Alternative for the launch of three new Recent Work titles:

Obligations of Voice: If we are to speak, what is it we must speak? If we are allowed to speak, what is it we must say? Who constitutes the ‘we’ that speaks? Anne Elvey’s new collection frames such questions against the contemporary world and its multiple challenges. These poems in turn explore environmental encounters, subtle and overt expressions of the political, the elisions of history, the embodiment of the world and the nature of grace, through poetry sharply attuned to its subject matter. For Elvey, poetry has an obligation not only to chart intimate moments, but also to draw those moments towards the numinous matter of our Earthy habitats.

the moment, taken is Jennifer Compton’s eleventh book of poetry. At this late stage she has yielded to the absolute lure of eidectic memory. That is – ‘relating to or denoting images having unusual vividness and detail as if actually visible.’ And there is the pleasure in poetry for her. The damage, the drama, the tableau, the tall tale and true. It must be knocked out of true. There are rules.

For the Record: In his teens, Ross Donlon had poems published in The Bulletin, Australia’s iconic journal, and in 1965, the literary editor predicted ‘an exciting future’ for the young poet. Donlon’s next poem was published thirty-three years later. In a ‘second budding’ he has had many poems published across Australia and overseas and read at festivals both at home and in Europe. For the Record charts his journey as a poet over five decades, including the Bulletin poems, and the later dark and comic poems for which he has become well-known.

Live Event: Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, and to avoid disappointment attendees should book tickets with Smith’s at the link below.

Open Mic: Limited to 10 poets reading for 3 mins each. Spaces can be reserved on the night, or pre-book by emailing [email protected]

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