'On the Characterisation of Male Poets’ Mothers' by Lisa Gorton

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'On the Characterisation of Male Poets’ Mothers' by Lisa Gorton

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ABR Online

Lisa Gorton began publishing in ABR in 2003. Since then she's given us several dozen review essays and poems. Lisa has published three poetry collections, most recently the acclaimed Empirical, a Giramondo publication. Her novel, The Life of Houses, shared the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. 

This month we published Lisa's long poem 'On the Characterisation of Male Poets' Mothers'. As Lisa explains, the poem almost entirely comprises a medley of quotes that describe famous poets' mothers – sourced all from Wikipedia.



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Music credit: 'Moonrise' and 'Negentropy' by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

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  • Wow! Beautifully written but utterly devastating as an analysis of the culturally embedded nature of misogyny. How painful to think of those mothers receiving slap after slap in the face from their anxious, needy, entitled, selfish but infuriatingly talented sons! Wanting to support, but being flayed for doing so!
    Posted by Tom Gutteridge
    Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:18

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