A. J. Carruthers is a poet, essayist and scholar in long poems and musico-poetics. Poems have appeared in the Anthology of Asian-Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and a range of literary magazines. He has also created a chapbook, The Tulip Beds: a toneme suite (Vagabond, 2013), and an assortment of artworks / artists’ books. He holds a PhD in English at the University of Sydney. Axis Book 1: ‘Areal’ is his first full-length collection and the first book in the first part of a lifelong long poem: HEMISPHERE.