Publication Date: 15-Nov-02 | ISBN: 1876857536 | Trim Size: 216 x 140 mm | Extent: 116pp | Format: Paperback
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A book that ‘does’ the subject: including pop fantasies of hares, fluteplayers, nudes, whores and Proust; (Marianne) Moore-style constructions of a gamut from Gosse to Guns ’n Roses; sequences inspired by the songs of DJ Shadow, Blur and Oasis. A poetry of phrases rather than lines, of a mind thinking (Stein’s ‘entity’) rather than a presentation of thought/identity. Following Brecht, suspense is held in high disregard; following Baudrillard, a democracy is offered: each poem a small celebration of the now, like a promiscuous Frank O’Hara with too many secrets. It’s about balancing: influences/sources; what’s written/what’s unwritten; resistances/acceptances of meaning. God gave us irony to trick the devil, but the devil was already inside.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
codas; ’; …; —; ?; *; !; 97–98; living at the z; vidcore; aesthetic activity; thors loomthing; burlesque; warmup; boxy ey_s; they asked for my death; storey; straw; my sentiments exactly; extension 34; manana; at the fishhouses; cape beautiful; art nouveau; citizen kane; mays; the earthquake & the cardinal; phoenix; odyssey; what are ys; 96–00; person with a flute; call it the will of god; chirp; hare encounter; nella casa di balla tutto balla; john ashbery impersonator; bullshit; pretty pennies; mrs robinson & a mango; yet when we listen to their voices; blood on the futon; preludes; bc; far from ok; comet; preludes; leaf toil; extensions; red cues; informality; flea; school; ethic; my mind doesnt think so; 21; “ ”; who are you; lions; curtain; a h at work; st kilda morning; poem in one part; after jim showed his bum the evening slid; bird in position; lets dance; hurts end; m ode; writing 2nd ave pts 1 & 2 ; track listing; rented/ blurbug / nikes & dcs / marriage / 1989/ the middle; _ i_sing; the me to i phrasebook; music by elton john; twentyseven sorrows; forty days in the daffodil pit; view with a thiefs hand; the tortoise who mistook a pickaxe for love; vinyl inventor at a rodeo; country sample; when butterflies get tired; fall between the two; described by the dead; ode ode; metaphysique; variations on a bridal march; 96–97; nude descending a liftshaft; proust aboard a doomed corvette; the whores; warm ride; the singer; blue money
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK
“It’s easy to see why Michael Farrell already has something of a reputation as a stylist, though this is his first collection. Inventive, sharp-witted, entertaining and meticulously made, the poems in ode ode offer a lower-case, unpunctuated take on style (‘i perforce have metamorphosed / more than once for a ball at short / notice’) in which style is energised, orchestrated substance.” —Australian book Review
“ode ode should carry a ‘very high sustainable-energy’ rating decal. Gender is shed in a line – in a fresh take on a post-Duchamp readymade, Michael Farrell’s nude descends a liftshaft. Unpunctuated, lowercase, streamlined and funny. Five stars!” —
“This is a collection to read and re-read for its obsessions, its bricolage, its loquacious speed, its moments of downplay and its ecstasy. Edgy, full, these poems’ complex mixes and sharply intuited jump-cuts are the work of a young writer richly attuned to the temper and speed of his times.” —
Michael Farrell was born in Bombala, NSW in 1965. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Picador New Writing 3 and Calyx 30 Contemporary Poets (Paper Bark Press); he received the 1999 Harri Jones Memorial Prize. He has lived in Melbourne since 1990 and is the Australia editor for slope (www.slope.org).