Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman, besides poetry, writes reviews, speeches, and Shakespeare textbooks. His most recent book, Asymmetry  (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2012), was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. 

Aidan Coleman reviews 'Walk Like a Cow: A memoir' by Brendan Ryan

April 2021, no. 430 23 March 2021
Aidan Coleman reviews 'Walk Like a Cow: A memoir' by Brendan Ryan
‘The first forty years of life furnish the text, while the remaining thirty supply the commentary,’ Arthur Schopenhauer remarked in The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims. While the timespan is different, the proportions are similar. Brendan Ryan’s Walk Like a Cow, which focuses predominantly on the poet’s first twenty-five years, has been written over roughly two decades. The memoir f ... (read more)

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Secondary' by Aidan Coleman

States of Poetry South Australia - Series One 22 February 2016
1. Angling over star-fields,the pitches lit like billiard tables.Those lengths you were shouted up and back,lungs scoured by brillo air.The lazier concord of close mown grassand low hanging fruitof the short boundary. A tang of primitiveelectronics: the circuit board's braille labyrinth,the slab type of Amstrad.This callow path, youcannot take, curves around and through,the way a perfect river mi ... (read more)

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Immortal Diamond' by Aidan Coleman

States of Poetry South Australia - Series One 22 February 2016
The do-it-yourself piano isn'tkicked to matchwood, and you takethis for affirmation. When wework out how to switch offBob Dylan, your plangent homemadeswill go unaccompanied, no longersought like an injury lost in the mistsof Hansard. People suggest topics they won't be using, and this ismore like an archive sneezethan what yesteryear's beardin physics said it could be.Quite unlike the night beyo ... (read more)

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Motivational' by Aidan Coleman

States of Poetry South Australia - Series One 22 February 2016
Fitness: fact, fictionor fantasy? – among thingsmeant. Parachutes open like fuchsias,picnic hampersof kittens float quietly down, as peakspush throughresplendent mists. Your sensefalls upwardlike helium or blinds, now it's preciselysubtitled, you realise –as the first tentative steps emergeto be recordedlike a baby. Consider the aspirinin its exuberancethat picks itself up and turns its ... (read more)