Alan Fish: The Keeper of Fish; and M.A. Carter: Keeping Carter

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton teaches at Deakin University and is the author of a novel, The Man Jar (2010) and book of prose-poems,

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Philip Salom as Fisher King

Cassandra Atherton

 

The Keeper of Fish
by Alan Fish (edited by Philip Salom)
Puncher & Wattmann (Inbooks), $24 pb, 90 pp, 9781921450464

 

Keeping Carter
by M.A. Carter (edited by Philip Salom)
Puncher & Wattmann (Inbooks), $24 pb, 96 pp, 9781921450471

 

In his Keepers trilogy, Philip Salom is an Eliotian Fisher King, exploring the fissuring of identity in a triple play of plurality. The first book, Keepers (2010), was written by Salom, but authorship of The Keeper of Fish and Keeping Carter is attributed to Alan Fish and M.A. Carter,respectively. In his role as editor for these two poets, Salom becomes their gatekeeper or, as he states, their ‘amanuensis, editor, mentor and promoter’.

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Published in May 2012

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