Des Cowley

Des Cowley reviews 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

Des Cowley
29 April 2015

In the opening pages of his memoir, Herbie Hancock recounts an onstage episode in Stockholm in the mid-1960s, when he was playing with Miles Davis. In a few brief paragraphs, he sums up Davis’s genius as only a musician deeply conversant with his music could. It is this sort of privileged entrée into Hancock’s musical world that makes Possibilities a wor ... More

Des Cowley reviews 'After Naptime' by Chris Edwards

Des Cowley
30 March 2015

Chris Edwards is an enigmatic presence in Australian poetry. Part of a generation of poets who came of age in the 1970s, he co-edited the short-lived Beyond Poetry (1974–76) but then abandoned publication for many years. With the onset of a new millennium, he unexpectedly re-emerged, publishing a series of chapbooks that culminated in his first full-length ... More

Des Cowley reviews 'Axis, Book 1' by a.j. carruthers

Des Cowley
02 March 2015

With Axis, his first full-length publication, a.j. carruthers explicitly aligns himself with the lineage of the long poem. It is a bold move, if we consider that the major exponents of the form, from Ezra Pound to Anne Waldman, had invariably produced significant bodies of work prior to embarking on their poetic marathons. But ambition is fundamental to the l ... More

2014 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival

Des Cowley
10 November 2014

Des Cowley: 'Australian Poetry Journal'

Des Cowley
28 May 2014

My first encounter with concrete poetry came via Apollinaire’s Calligrammes (1918), specifically his eye-catching poem ‘Il Pleut’. With its gently cascading words falling down the page, it was immediately clear that the typographic arrangement of the poem was of far greater import than its semantic content.

Although the term was not coined until ... More

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