Michael Farrell

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | About Michael Farrell

Australian Book Review
01 March 2016

M Farrell mediumMichael Farrell was born in Bombala, NSW and has lived in Melbourne since 1990 (Fitzroy since 2008). His ... More

David McCooey reviews 'Cocky's Joy' by Michael Farrell

David McCooey
29 May 2015

As popular culture has long understood (hello Priscilla, hello Muriel), there is something queer about Australia. Michael Farrell’s latest collection of poems, Cocky’s Joy, rewrites Australia as a site of almost-inherent queerness. ‘Cocky’ is antipodean slang for a farmer, but the term’s evocation here is surely a camp subversion of traditional, mas ... More

'Pope Pinocchio's Angels' a new poem by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
26 February 2015

    Angels are made from banksia. They are grown in Prague, are
Exported in all directions, and turn grey in air. They
Only fly in places where the ground is hard. If
You try to count them they turn into numbers. If
You try to call them they turn into names. They
Are not decorative at parties but illustrative, of Guernica, for example

... More

Michael Farrell is Poet of the Month

26 February 2015

Which poets have most influenced you?

Gertrude Stein, John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Wallace Stevens, e.e. cummings, Marianne Moore, John Cage. Brecht, too, but as theorist rather than poet. I read these poets when I was beginning, as well as Surrealist and Language poets. No one poet of these latter groupings stands out. These days I am more influenc ... More

'Kangaroo Scientists of the Nineteenth Century', a new poem by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
27 November 2013

In their crucibles they attempt a new kind of tea
every day, usually through a combination of
Methods, such as the fox method, the hydrangea
method and the sunlight method this is a colour-


'The Grandfather', a new poem by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
27 August 2012
'The Grandfather', a new poem by Michael Farrell. More
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