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ode ode,

Michael Farrell

ode ode, Michael Farrell


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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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


“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.” —Chris Edwards 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!” —Pam Brown


“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.” —Martin Harrison



Michael FarrellMichael 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 ( Email [email protected]

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