Stasis anxiety

Two poets address the impasses of the present
by
January–February 2022, no. 439

Endings & Spacings by Pam Brown

Never Never Books, 69 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

>>> & || (accelerations and inertias)

by Dan Disney

Vagabond, $25 pb, 79 pp

Stasis anxiety

Two poets address the impasses of the present
by
January–February 2022, no. 439

‘Endings & Spacings’ opens with a confession: after several decades of ‘making connections / through strings of words’, Pam Brown is no closer to answering the question, ‘what does a poet / do’? In interviews, Brown tends to describe writing poetry as a kind of ‘benign compulsion’, an engagement with the world that must be critical to be interesting but that ‘can’t answer questions any better than anything else’, as she asserted in Meanjin in 2001 and has resolutely maintained ever since. In her latest collection, Endings & Spacings, even this benign compulsion – ‘dwindling now’ – comes under threat, its benignity troubled by the resemblance between arranging lines on the page and the curation of fragments in a virtual ‘museum / of imperial plunder’.

Abigail Fisher reviews 'Endings & Spacings' by Pam Brown and '>>> & || (accelerations and inertias)' by Dan Disney

Endings & Spacings

by Pam Brown

Never Never Books, 69 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

>>> & || (accelerations and inertias)

by Dan Disney

Vagabond, $25 pb, 79 pp

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