WP Bookblog Listing
- I Am Not Oaky with This (Jonathan Entwistle, and Christy Hall 2020) 28 February 2020The origin story of a superhero, or possibly supervillain; a US high school comedy romance; a coming-out story. We watched all seven episodes in a single sitting, and are looking forward to Season 2. In spite of the warning, I was completely taken by surprise by the moment of extreme gore in the final episode, and maybe I should be ashamed of myself but I la […]
- The Australian Dream (Daniel Gordon 2019) 23 February 2020Thhis has finally come to television. Stan Grant's take on the Adam Goodes story. It's a powerful movie.
- Chernobyl (Director Johan Renck, Writer Craig Mazin 2019) 21 February 2020This miniseries is every bit as good as they say. I'm glad I've read Svetlana Alexievich's Chernobyl Prayer as it fills in the background. I'm pretty sure the writer and director of this have read that book too.
- The Incredulity of father Brown ( G K Chesterton 1926) 21 February 2020I loved Chesterton and Father Brown in my early teens. I found this in a street library and decided to revisit them.
- Upright (Tim MInchin 2019) 20 February 2020We subscribed to FoxTel in order to watch this. It's brilliant.
- I Am Not Oaky with This (Jonathan Entwistle, and Christy Hall 2020) 28 February 2020
TagsABC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alison Croggon art Australian Women Writers Challenge children's literature comics David Brooks David Malouf doggerel editing Elizabeth McMahon 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
- Jeff Lemire and others' Black Hammer vols 3 & 4
- Annabel Crabb's Men at Work
- Ruby Reads (17): Mardi Gras
- Vicki Hastrich, Charlotte Wood, Night Fishing on the Weekend with the Book Group
- Journal Blitz 5
- Proust Progress Report 6: halfway through the third book
- Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Everything I Don't Remember
- Bernhard Schlink's Weekend
- Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu
- Ed Brubaker's Bad Weekend etc
- Proust Progress Report 5: Beginning the third volume
- Audio Books, sadly
- Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again
- John Le Carré's Agent Running in the Field
- Clive James's River in the Sky
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.