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Coming soon: ‘even if the signal fails’ by Jill Jones

Jill Jones - even if the signal fails (web cover)

Black Rider presents the fifth installment in the Lyrics chapbook series, even if the signal fails by Jill Jones.

Featuring new work as well as previously collected poems in publications such as Outcrop: radical Australian poetry of land (Black Rider Press, 2013), ETZ, and Southerly, this new chapbook of seventeen poems will be free to download from the Black Rider Press website.

Jill Jones has published eight full-length books of poetry, most recently The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattman, 2014) and Ash Is Here, So Are Stars (Walleah Press, 2012).

Thanks to Annette Willis for the beautiful cover art “Heads in Clouds”.

What others have said 

“Jill Jones is uniquely capable of adjusting the speed and magnitude of your awareness. She shepherds the reader away from expectations s/he may have thought absolute. In “A Moon, a Myth, a Feeler,” Jones recasts sensory perception out of zones of occupation, prompting a natural question, “What sport brought you out here?”. Her casual/causal irony demands precision of thought. Even accidents cease being accidental. Jones’s prowess renders the titular signal moot, replacing it with full belief in a transcendence that relieves the concept of itself.” – Sheila E. Murphy

“The precise and provocative poems collected in even if the signal fails deconstruct the binary opposition between realism and experimentalism effortlessly, presenting the reader with a complex and compelling take on modern life. Jill Jones’ poems are undeniably of our world, of its gritty materiality and linguistic sophistication, but they are far more refractive than reflective. She is both an acute observer of the world of things and an active participant in transforming our perceptions through words. According to the poems in this fascinating new chapbook, she seeks to ‘mend constructed things’ and ‘find truth among tension’. Even if the signal fails is a terrific new addition to this important contemporary poet’s body of work.” – Ali Alizadeh


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forward slash launch in Melbourne

forward slash will be launched by Corey Wakeling and will feature readings by contributors Michael Farrell and Duncan Hose. The launch is part of The Poetry Symposium 2012, this year titled The Political Imagination: Contemporary Postcolonial and Diasporic Poetries.

The Political Imagination is a symposium that brings together some of Australia’s leading poets and poetry scholars to investigate the state of contemporary postcolonial and diasporic poetries. It aims to explore the contentious, at times controversial, issues surrounding the production and discussion of poetry and poetics in work that engages with the politics of the postcolonial, the transnational and the diasporic.

Edited by Matthew Hall and Jeremy Balius, the first edition features:

Duncan Hose
Michael Farrell
Louis Armand
Kemeny Babineau
Astrid Lorange
Jay MillAr

“In showcasing seven of the most exciting writers either side of the Pacific, this collection demonstrates just how strikingly resonant Australian and Canadian contemporary poetries are in challenging pretexts of language, nation, and the interior.  Here we have undressed affect, meddlesome crossings of intimate and ideological landscapes, and ebullient spurs against aesthetic and political complacency.  It is, in short, redactive iridescence.” – Ann Vickery

Volumes of forward slash will be available for purchase at the event for 10 smackers.

Thanks to Ann, Ali, Lyn and Corey for making this happen.

When: 4:30pm, Thursday 12 April 2012
Where: Deakin Prime, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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forward slash – more feedback

“A forward slash / can be a substitute for a line break/ pause/ fracture in thought./ A forward slash / can break a word/ divide alternatives/ either/or. A forward slash is playful as the poet’s words/ skirts the border between letter / line./ A forward slash is furtive/ tempting/ mysterious./ In this first of many issues, forward slash celebrates the written word through the vision/s of seven innovative poets/mischievous word-players/from Australia/Canada/ who share/ revel in the ‘habitat’ of language.” – Jessica Wilkinson, Editor of Rabbit Poetry

“In showcasing seven of the most exciting writers either side of the Pacific, this collection demonstrates just how strikingly resonant Australian and Canadian contemporary poetries are in challenging pretexts of language, nation, and the interior.  Here we have undressed affect, meddlesome crossings of intimate and ideological landscapes, and ebullient spurs against aesthetic and political complacency.  It is, in short, redactive iridescence.” – Ann Vickery

“At a time the term ‘innovation’ has become very much a part of the jargon of business and capitalism, the editors of forward slash attempt to reclaim its disruptive, discomforting potential. There is nothing anaesthetically or conceptually comforting or lyrical about any of the poems published in forward slash: here Duncan Hose unleashes the “blackbirds squalling in your pants”; Michael Farrell finds himself “fretting, frediting, freaking, fumbling”; a. rawlings howls “wolves! wolves! wolves!”; Louis Armand illustrates “the destruction of form”; Kemeny Babineau celebrates “the death of the sonnet”; Astrid Lorange enjoys “illegal working the dirt speaking”; and Jay Millar “bounces off an influential object in the sky”. A vibrant  dose of dispruption.” – Ali Alizadeh

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Matthew Hall’s ‘Royal Jelly’ to publish soon

Black Rider Press is proud to announce the release of Royal Jelly, an e-chapbook collection of poetry by Matthew Hall. Featuring an introduction by Ali Alizadeh, Royal Jelly is the real deal. The ebook will publish on 1 September 2011 and will be available for purchase from the Black Rider Press website.

Matthew Hall is completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia writing on violence in the work of J.H. Prynne. He is also undertaking a fellowship at the ICCC, through the University of Saskatchewan, where he is working on a philosophical treatment of the artefact in contemporary poetry and conceptual art, and working on a collaborative project with the conceptual artist Chris Campbell Gardiner.

His collections include Brutal Tender Human Animal: reflections on the photography of Roger Ballen from Trainwreck Press, Distant Songs from Seapressed / Meta as well as Hyaline, a radical pastoral collection forthcoming from Black Rider Press. His poetry, prose and criticism regularly appear in literary journals internationally. He is the Feature Editor at Cordite Poetry Review and one of the founders of / forward slash, a Black Rider collage of Australian and Canadian innovation in poetics.

Royal Jelly’s cover image is of Chris Campbell Gardiner working on Cancer – Ian August Sellers.

Here’s what they’re saying:

“Matt Hall’s striking poem revives what was, at lest until the birth of prose fiction, the raison d’être of poetry: profound, unsettling mystery. This is a poem that does not only inventively weave in motifs of beekeeping, Amerindian history, and ecology to produce a rich, multidimensional textual tapestry; it produces this powerful fusion of concepts and signifiers to trace and approach a radical, and very new, truth.

“From the invocation of seasons in the Cree language of the Native Americans of Canada’s Saskatchewan prairie province, to a deep engagement with the lexicon of botany, Royal Jelly seduces the reader with the mystery of a genuinely new understanding of the world. It is also, oddly for such a properly and unashamedly erudite post-avant poem, highly readable and musical.

“An important new work.” – Ali Alizadeh

“A standout figure amongst Australia’s developing poets, Hall brings us an intriguing historical/archaeological picture of displacement & desecration amongst Native American tribes. His relentless, rich language serves well to superbly backlight a real empathy & passion.” – Les Wicks

“You’re taken and dropped, slap bang, in the middle of a very particular landscape by Matthew Hall’s Royal Jelly.  Immediately we hear tree branches shaking in a storm. We walk a little way alongside a river. Looking up we see hawks swooping down after their prey. Further along, the smell of burnt fields becomes grimly unforgettable.

“Do you know this landscape? Do you not know it? It doesn’t matter really. It isn’t the specifics of a persons surroundings which concern Hall; rather, it’s the cycles of change which affect those surroundings.

“At the heart of Royal Jelly is the idea of a cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Hall examines that in relation to nature and, as well, in relation to the people and animals which inhabit that nature.

“Royal Jelly is very earthy and elemental yet, at the same time, in its precision, it is suggestive of something like an item of crystal-cut glassware. Each word, the reader feels, has been carefully weighed and considered in all its connotations before being given its rightful place in the sequence.

“Early on, over successive lines ‘listen’ arrives at ‘distant’ by way of ‘listless’. Towards the end, Hall splits ‘inhalation’ into two words by the insertion of the word ‘ash’ after the first ‘n’: a brilliantly successful manoeuvre. We see the smoke that we would indeed be inhaling rising from that ash. We see, also, ‘inhalation’ as though for the first time; noticing, as we do, how similar the ‘at’ of ‘inhalation’ sounds to the earlier ‘ash’.

“This is serious poetry that matters. If that’s the sort of poetry you want to read you should read Royal Jelly.” – Richard Barrett

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Black Rider presents The Diamond and the Thief – April ’11 edition

Artwork by Ryan Michael Swearingen (www.myeyemachine.com)

…and now on to the April edition of our minizine as if in a glass darkly.

In this edition Ali Alizadeh starts talking La Pucelle-blues straight outta Orléans.

Look homeward, angels!

The Black Rider

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