Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Surrender' by Sonya Hartnett

Lisa Gorton
16 August 2019

If you are regretting the passage of another summer and feeling nostalgic about the lost freedoms of youth, Sonya Hartnett’s late More

'A Room of One's Own' (fortyfivedownstairs) ★★★★

Lisa Gorton
24 July 2019

In this intelligent and unusual play, director Peta Hanrahan arranges Virginia Woolf’s great essay A Room of One’s Own into an hour-long play for four voices. Curiously, perha More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Friendly Fire' by Jennifer Maiden

Lisa Gorton
03 June 2019

When John Tranter reviewed Jennifer Maiden’s first collection, Tactics (1974), he noted its ‘brilliant yet difficult imagery’ and a style ‘so idiosyncratic and forceful in More

Books of the Year 2018

Michelle de Kretser, et al.
26 November 2018

To celebrate the best books of 2018, Australian Book Review invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles. Contributors include Michelle de Kretser

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'Landscape with Magic Lantern Slides' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
25 September 2018

‘You’ve seen the hands of statues that men have set by gateways.’

Lucretius

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'Mirror, Palace' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
05 June 2018

– if that indeed can be called composition –
wrote Coleridge –
in which the images rose up before him as things –

‘In the summer of the year – the Author, then in ill health, had
retired to a lonely farmhouse – ’
where, seated in his illeism by a window, the Author passed
into the background of his imagery –
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'The Crystal Palace' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
05 June 2018

                                       – is made of windows
side by side and repeating the way two mirrors
face to face cut halls of light
back through their emptiness – Its façade, More

'Aphrodite of Milos' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
05 June 2018

Stone eidolon at the end of a walled-in colonnade –
               She was born from the sea, light
               off the foam of the sea –

               [Alex] ... More

'Empirical VII' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
05 June 2018

Storm water piped under the cutting comes out here,
unfolding down under the surface of itself, bluish oil-haze
clotted with seeds and insects – where down the gully
dank onion weed tracks the secret paths of water – Late winter,
black cockatoos scrap and cry in the Monterey pines
which bank the gully’s side – The water flows to a standing pool
out th ... More

'Empirical VI' by Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton
05 June 2018

A single cloud now climbing the hill towards me
and the blue-grey shadows in it are in the shape of a fire
and all about it brightness where the light pours through –
Uninterrupted its shadow moves over the craving grasses –
pale seedheads now shaking out light – as with a sound of wings
the scrubwrens scatter out of head-high rubble
overrun with weeds ... More

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