It’s almost a year since I saw any of Marrickville Mattress Poet C.L’s work (last sighting here), but she’s still going, and I saw this this morning. It looks as if she’s feeling the strain of living with a climate-action-delaying bloviator as Prime Minister.
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- Uncoupled ( Jeffrey Richman & Darren Star 2022) 8 August 2022Neil Patrick Harris holds this together as a gay man who is dumped without warning by his partner of 17 years. It has been described as Sex and the City only with actual gay men. well, I never took to S&tS, but this stays charming. I especially like the inscrutable affability of Colin the dumper.
- Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Richard James Allen 2013) 8 August 2022Another in Flying Island's Australian Pocket Poets series
- La Boîte: An Ideal Husband (Lewis Treston, after Oscar Wilde 2022) 6 August 2022We went to this with high hopes, but although most of the audience seemed to love it, laughing heartily at things invisible to me, I thought it was abysmal: badly paced, grimaced and shouted rather than acted, cynical about politics with a reactionary and misogynistic undercurrent. Poor Oscar. That is my impression of the first half. The second half may hav […]
- Late Journals (Antigone Kefala 2022) 3 August 2022While everyone's talking about Helen Garner's diaries, here's another Australian literary diary keeper.
- Terminally Poetic (Ouyang Yu 2022) 2 August 2022A line lit on at random – 'I call it mediocrity whose name is australian poetry' – reminds me why I approach Ouyang Yu's work with caution. Either he is describing himself as mediocre or he is worryingly exceptionalist. But worrying isn't the worst thing poetry can be, so here goes.
- Uncoupled ( Jeffrey Richman & Darren Star 2022) 8 August 2022
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- Ouyang Yu’s Terminally Poetic
- Two Flying Island pocket poets
- Les Murray’s Continuous Creation
- Bernadine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other
- John Blay’s Wild Nature
- The Iliad: Progress report 8
- Journal Catch-up 14
- Peter Wohlleben’s Hidden Life of Trees at the book group
- Kit Kelen’s Poor Man’s Coat
- Sarah Krasnostein’s Not Waving, Drowning
- Charmian Clift’s Mermaid Singing
- A tiny footnote on Frank Moorhouse
- The Iliad: Progress report 7
- Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ Love Songs of W E B Du Bois
- Kit Kelen’s Book of Mother