WP Bookblog Listing
- Southerly 78.3: Violence (Editor Elizabeth McMahon 2019) 23 November 2020Southerly is one of many Australian cultural projects that is in trouble under the current government. This is a brilliant issue.
- When the Dust Settles / Når støvet har lagt sig (Dorte Warnøe Høgh, Ida Maria Rydén 2020) 23 November 2020Bill Bryson's view of the Danes always ready for a cheerfully intoxicated good time doesn't apply here. It traces the lives of a number of people in the days before a terrorist attack and, presumably, after.
- MumSeason 2 (Stefan Golaszewski 2018) 22 November 2020This film about two humans surrounded by grotesques is still funny and still almost unbearable.
- The Crown Season 4 (Peter Morgan 2020) 15 November 2020According to IMDB, this is the fourth of six projected seasons. This is the one where Diana Spencer makes her appearance. And Maggie Thatcher, who is presented in counterpoint to her. Is it wrong to want Jeffrey Epstein to have a cameo role?
- What They Had (Elizabeth Chomko 2018) 14 November 2020A woman has fairly early stage dementia. Her husband and two adult children are at odds about what is to be done. Terrific performances, and some recognisable moments.
- Southerly 78.3: Violence (Editor Elizabeth McMahon 2019) 23 November 2020
TagsABC Alison Croggon art Australian Women Writers Challenge children's literature comics David Brooks David Malouf doggerel editing Elizabeth McMahon First Nations history Jeff Sparrow Jennifer Maiden journals Judith Beveridge memoir non-fiction Novel NSWPLA Overland Pam Brown phone photo poetry Quarterly Essay science fiction/fantasy Sydney Writers' Festival The School Magazine translation
- November verse 15: An initial response to a work by Danie Mellor
- November verse 14: On waking from a dream of a friend
- November verse 13: Maggie Thatcher’s Curtsey
- November verse 12: Post-procedure
- November verse 11: Prepping
- November verse 10: On a painting
- November Verse 9 & Proust Progress Report 15
- November verse 8: From conversations with a person who is almost three
- November verse 7 & Jeanette Winterson’s Weight
- November verse 6: While they’re counting
- November Verse 5 and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
- November verse 4: Midnight over there
- November Verse 3
- November Verse 2 & Judith Brett’s Coal Curse
- November verse 1
Daily Archives: 6 June 2009
Jenny Joseph and Pythia Ashton-Jewell (illustrator), Warning : When I am an old woman I shall wear purple (poem © 1962, this edition Souvenir Press 1997)
I was mooching a book from someone in England, and they wanted me to take more than one book to make it worth their while. They had this illustrated Warning on their inventory. It’s a poem I’ve seen on feminist fridges for more than 30 years, so I added it to my list. I had it in mind to give to someone as a gift, but by the time it arrived – by surface mail – yesterday I’d forgotten who. So I gave it to the self-described poetry loather I live with.
She read it, said it had more in it than she remembered, and read it to me. Helped by the layout – one or occasionally two lines a page – she read it beautifully, slowly, thoughtfully. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Jenny Joseph has said she wishes she’d never written the bl*dy thing. Certainly she’s famous for issuing take-down notices when her many fans put it up on their sites without thinking to ask. But it’s a good poem.
There’s a lot to be said for publishing poems with illustration. This is something I had used to agonise over when publishing a children’s magazine. By presenting poems with illustration were we straitening the readers’ responses, telling them how to read the poem rather than giving the words free play? It made the page more inviting, but at what expense?
I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that make me think there should be much more of it.
When Carol Ann Duffy was recently appointed Poet Laureate, I came across an animation of one of her poems, and though I found the animation not at all to my taste, or a fair reflection of the poem, it slowed my reading down, and let the poem sink in – it’s a good poem. I’ve just found it on YouTube.
A couple of years ago, I was very taken with the Poetry Foundation’s sadly brief series Poem as Comic Strip, which similarly slowed the brain down to receptive speed. I particularly liked the Emily Dickinson–Gabrielle Bell page (this link is to a 580k PDF). See what you think.