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States of Poetry 2016 VIC Podcast | 'The Book of Interdictions' by A. Frances Johnson

30 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, A. Frances Johnson reads three poems from 'The Book More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Australian awe: white guys on life and art before 1788' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

for Marcia Langton

 

The rock-art guide, combusting
in 43 degrees, back to image.
His sloppy dreamtime
a melted ice-cream,
far from refrigerated sublime.

Gwion rock art from the 'Tassel era' is happy art,
though contentiously attributed and dated, he says,
authoritative white sweater in white sweater.
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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Diary of an Anti-elegist' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

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Even poetry dements in the end; fatal attractions to dank earth
and ash albums don't fool or buy time. Poetry cherry-picks
memory for its own ends; yet that's a medicated narcissism for
some. Earnest elegies are often rejected by dogs and children.
Listen to them howl. Voting for life outside of ritual.
I'm on your side; I'm with the hounds and the kids. I won ... More

'Shrine' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were brought to Melbourne in 1839 by the protector of Aborigines, George Robinson, to 'civilise' the Victorian Aborigines. In late 1841, the two men and three women stole two guns and waged a six-week guerilla-style campaign in the Dandenongs and on the Mornington Peninsula, burning stations and killing two sealers. They were charged with murder ... More

'Sea Level' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

You can't see water beyond the highway hoardings, but you are told Jesus walked on it. This
is your best clue. Dinner settings, security doors, Viagra and tractor parts flash past like
signed miracles.

But you feel something pull, not daintily at your sleeve, but with tidal will,
a blood rush of stark equations of space and gravity you cannot hope to solve.

When ... More

'The Book of Interdictions' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016
 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come ...
Song of Solomon, Verse 11-12

Tow

Lo, the cell phone sleeps in its cell.
The raven deactivates the horizon.
There is water for everyone,
bu ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | About A. Frances Johnson

Australian Book Review
01 March 2016


Head shot 2A. Frances Johnson is a writer and artist, and a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Her novel Eugen ... More

'Weight' a new poem by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
26 February 2015

It is a kind of sleep we must learn,
seasonal as spiders, our bodies
weights no web can hold.

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A. Frances Johnson's 'Soar'

A. Frances Johnson
31 October 2013
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