Over 800 Jacket reviews

The list below provides quick links to some eight hundred book reviews in «Jacket» magazine, up to and including issue 40, sorted by the author of the book under review. It is about 60 printed pages long.

You can also read one hundred and twenty «Jacket» interviews

(Various authors), «Questionnaire, Translation by Bill Berkson, then answered by Harry Mathews, then answered by Andrei Codrescu, with thanks to Constance Lewallen and Harry Mathews, and with a brief note on Proust.», Jacket magazine, reviewed by Sophie Calle and Grégoire Bouillier — [Link]

(Various authors), «23 recent American chapbooks», Various, reviewed by Noah Eli Gordon — [Link]

Garry Shead: “The Apotheosis of Ern Malley”… one meaning of apotheosis is “the elevation of someone to divine status; deification.”

Michael Ackland, «(excerpt from) Damaged Men» [About the Ern Malley hoax], Allen and Unwin Sydney (excerpt, not a review) — [Link]

Robert Adamson, «The Golden Bird: New and selected poems» reviewed by Joseph Donahue — [Link]

Robert Adamson, «Inside Out – an autobiography», Text Publishing, reviewed by Douglas Barbour — [Link]

Robert Adamson, «Mulberry Leaves – New & Selected Poems 1970-2001», Paper Bark Press, Australia, reviewed by Douglas Barbour — [Link]

Robert Adamson, «The Goldfinches of Baghdad» reviewed by Douglas Barbour — [Link]

Kim Addonizio: «Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within», reviewed by Cathleen Calbert — [Link]

Adam Aitken, «Impermance.com», Vagabond Press, Sydney, Australia, reviewed by Greg McLaren — [Link]

Adam Aitken: «Eighth Habitation», reviewed by Michelle Cahill — [Link]

Anne-Marie Albiach, trans. Keith Waldrop, «Figured Image», The Post-Apollo Press. October 2006. 94 pages $18.00. ISBN: 978-0-942996-59-3, reviewed by Donald Wellman — [Link]

George Albon, «Momentary Songs», reviewed by Michael Cross — [Link]

Charles Alexander, «Certain Slants», reviewed by Jonathan Stalling — [Link]

Richard James Allen, «The Kamikaze Mind», reviewed by Dr Mark Seton — [Link]

Joe Amato, «Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture», University of Iowa Press. 200 pp., reviewed by Mark Wallace — [Link]

Beth Anderson, «The Habitable World», Instance Press, Santa Cruz, 2001, reviewed by Camille Guthrie — [Link]

John Anderson, «New & Selected Poems,1978–97», Zeus Publications at www.zeus-publications.com, reviewed by Kris Hemensley — [Link]

Martin Anderson, «The Hoplite Journals», Shearsman UK at www.shearsman.com, reviewed by Carolyn van Langenberg — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «(various titles)», (Various publishers), reviewed by Roberto Tejada — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «(various titles)», (Various publishers), reviewed by Alan Golding — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Bob Perelman — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Bill Friend — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Barbara Cole — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Brennan Sherry — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Gregg Biglieri — [Link]

Bruce Andrews, «Lip Service», Coach House Books (Toronto, 2001), reviewed by Joel Bettridge — [Link]

Ralph Angel, «Twice Removed», Sarabande Books, reviewed by Ethan Paquin — [Link]

David Antin and Charles Bernstein, «A Conversation with David Antin», Granary Books, New York, reviewed by Caroline Bergvall — [Link]

Francisco Aragón, «Puerta Del Sol», reviewed by Craig Santos Perez — [Link]

Francisco Aragón: «Glow of our Sweat», reviewed by Craig Santos Perez — [Link]

Penny Arcade: «Bad Reputation: Performance, Essays, Interviews», reviewed by Noëlle Janaczewska — [Link]

Louis Armand, «Strange Attractors», Salt Publishing, 118pp. GBP£9.99. 1876857595 paper., reviewed by Bridie McCarthy — [Link]

Louis Armand: «Solicitations: Essays on Criticism and Culture», reviewed by Jeroen Nieuwland — [Link]

James Armstrong, «Blue Lash», by Daniel Godston — [Link]

Rae Armantrout, «Next Life», reviewed by Kristina Marie Darling

Rae Armantrout, «The Pretext», Green Integer Press, Copenhagen & Los Angeles, 2003, reviewed by Charles Alexander — [Link]

Rae Armantrout, «Up To Speed», Wesleyan University Press, reviewed by Robert Stanton — [Link]

Rae Armantrout: «Versed», reviewed by Rob Stanton — [Link]

Rae Armantrout: «Versed», Wesleyan University Press, 2009, reviewed by Alan Davies — [Link]

Bob Arnold, «Sunswumthru a Building», reviewed by Louise Landes Levi — [Link]

John Ashbery, «Chinese Whispers», Farrar Straus Giroux, reviewed by Harriet Zinnes — [Link]

John Ashbery, «Chinese Whispers», Farrar Straus Giroux, reviewed by Tom Devaney — [Link]

John Ashbery, «Girls on the Run», Farrar Straus Giroux, reviewed by Michael Leddy — [Link]

John Ashbery, «Girls on the Run», Farrar Straus Giroux, reviewed by Forrest Gander — [Link]

John Ashbery, «Your Name Here», Farrar Straus Giroux, reviewed by Ramez Qureshi — [Link]

John Ashbery, «100 Multiple-Choice Questions», Adventures in Poetry, 50 Kenwood St. #1, Brookline, MA 02446 USA, reviewed by Tom Clark — [Link]

John Ashbery, «A Worldly Country» reviewed by Forrest Gander — [Link]

John Ashbery and Joe Brainard, «The Vermont Notebook», Granary Books/ Z Press, ISBN 1-887123-59-8, reviewed by Larry Sawyer — [Link]


For those who long for the clacketty-clack sound of a real typewriter keyboard, but who don’t want to throw away the undeniable advantages of computerised text processing, here are three ways to satisfy your longings, and one more for laughs:

The “Typewriter Keyboard”… You miss your old typewriter? You want your Macintosh to play typewriter sounds when you press the keys of your keyboard? You even want your keyboard to play your own sounds? Then Typewriter Keyboard is what you need! “Typewriter Keyboard” allows you to make your keyboard play typewriter sounds or any other sounds. Find it here.

Buy a proper mechanical keyboard (like the Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless, see photo.) A keen user says


“…a mechanical keyboard will hold [that is, endure] up to thousands upon thousands of keystrokes. A membrane keyboard may be prone to “wearing out” or changing in feel over time. It may even result in outright failure. A mechanical keyboard, while not being a necessity, is certainly a nice to have. If you are looking for a “no frills” mechanical keyboard and have some space constraints then the FILCO TenKeyless is a solid option if you can find it. It is very comfortable and can withstand hours of abuse.”

Search the Internet for “Filco Majestouch”. (There will be different importers for markets in different countries.) I use mine every day.

Also note: CNET’s knowledgeable reviews of the Filco Camo Majestouch-2 keyboard, the Rosewill RK-9000 USB Keyboard and the famous Das Keyboard Model S Professional Silent keyboard. A whole new world awaits you!

Buy one of these strange machines: they really look like they’re “more fun than shooting monkeys in a barrel”, as a dyslexic friend once remarked. Blogger Leslie Katz here on CNET says:


Miss the good old-fashioned manual typewriter? The USB Typewriter (see one here), a “new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence,” according to its creator, turns the old machines into retro-style keyboards that hook up to any USB-capable computer to let you type like it’s 1948. Jack Zylkin, who humorously describes himself as “a reclusive genius with 57 cats,” created the peripheral with materials provided at Hive76, a maker co-op in Philadelphia where Zylkin does his tinkering… The USB Typewriter consists of a sensor board that clips underneath the typewriter key, and a USB interface board that features an Atmega168P microcontroller chip, a USB Type B socket, and supporting components like a power supply, crystal oscillator, and USB voltage conversion. The USB interface board controls the operation of the sensor board, sending keystrokes to the host computer over USB.

4. This one is for laughs… but why not? Amanda Kooser’s tech-savvy blog on CNET is here. She says:


“If you’ve ever wondered what words taste like, you’re now in luck. Russian artist Morskoiboy has created a contraption that mixes cocktails based on letters. Behold, the Typewriter Cocktail Machine. It’s the illegitimate child of a Remington crossed with a bottle of Smirnoff. It features more tubes than the DareDroid 2.0 cocktail-making dress and has a rainbow of flavored syrups at its disposal.

It’s hard to describe exactly how this contraption works, but I’m going to try. Each key on the keyboard is a syringe pump. Push it down and it sucks syrup from a corresponding bottle, mixing it with the top-mounted alcoholic beverage of your choice.

The resulting combination of liquids lights up an LCD-style display that shows the letter you just pushed. It all gets mixed together in a glass off to the side.

So drink up, and start writing!

Oh… just for the nostalgic among us, here’s John Ashbery’s Royal typewriter. I took the photo in 1985. He told me that he was “always loyal to Royals.”


Tropical Sky


Jacket 7: Hot Lit

Jack Spicer at Gallery Six, San Francisco
Jack Spicer at Gallery Six, San Francisco

One of my favourite Jackets … well, they’re all pretty cool … is Jacket 7: It starts with a huge Jack Spicer feature:

Jack Spicer Feature (Guest Editor and Introduction by Christopher W.Alexander)

∆ Excerpt from Jack Spicer’s 3rd Vancouver Lecture, 1965
∆ Graham Foust: Jack Spicer and the fiftieth anniversary issue of «Poetry» (Chicago)
∆ James Herndon: Jack Spicer and the art of Fran Herndon
∆ Kevin Killian and Lewis Ellingham: excerpt from «Poet Be Like God»
∆ Anya Lewin: ‘Things do not connect; they correspond’
∆ Laura Moriarty’s poem ‘Spicer’s City’
∆ Kristin Prevallet: Jack Spicer’s Hell in ‘Homage to Creeley’
∆ Linda Russo: Joanne Kyger and the San Francisco Renaissance, 1957-65
∆ Rob Wilson: Tracking Jack Spicer: The “Afterlife” of a US Counter-Poetics
∆ Timeline: Historical events and the writings of Jack Spicer

Kenward Elmslie
Kenward Elmslie

A Rich Brew of Other Items:

∆ Elaine Equi — Unspeakable Ambitions


∆ Alice Notley on Kenward Elmslie, ∆ Andrew Joron on Peter Gizzi, ∆ Dale Smith on Lewis MacAdams, ∆ Juliana Spahr on Bernadette Mayer’s book Sonnets, ∆ Tom Clark on Philip Whalen’s «Overtime — Selected Poems» — ‘While Kerouac heads out, Whalen tends to circle around slowly and return to certain obsessive themes and rhythms. His formal universe, as he advises John Cage in the poem quoted above, is not really unbounded space, but, like a tuned piano’s, a “closed system”.’

Philip Whalen, 1960s
Philip Whalen, 1960s


∆ John Kinsella and Rod Mengham — an Introduction to the poetry of J.H.Prynne
∆ Leslie Scalapino — Secret Occurrence
∆ Garrie Hutchinson — on Australian painter Arthur Boyd
∆ Libbie Rifkin on Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer and the Gender of an Avant-Garde Institution — ‘Of the last years of Black Mountain College, for instance, Martin Duberman has noted that “the hierarchy could be as rigidly exclusive, as impassable to the uninitiated — and more male chauvinist — than anything found on a traditional university campus”.’


by ∆ Hazel Smith [prose poem], ∆ David Baratier, ∆ Gabriel Gudding, ∆ Joel Lewis, ∆ Stephen Oliver, ∆ Leslie Scalapino, ∆ Brian Kim Stefans, ∆ Rob Wilson

It’s all there, free, at

Difficult Rider

easy-riderJohn Tranter comments on David Malouf’s review of the movie «Easy Rider» This Letter to the Editor first appeared in The «Union Recorder»: The weekly newspaper of the University of Sydney Men’s Union: 28 April 1970. I was in my twenties at the time. “…the barbiturate effect of such a comforting juxtaposition is purchased at the cost of a certain failure to appreciate the importance of the intervening variables: Fonda, though essentially a creature of the seventies, could not have existed without the youth revolution of the fifties.”

More on my Home Site here.

The Magic Substance “Authenticity”

Lara Bingle being “made up”, so her skin will look “Authentic”, Channel Ten publicity shot

What is real, and what is “real”? The average person’s thirst for Authenticity, a protean and magical substance, or perhaps quality, can be sad and funny. See my earlier posting “Beware the Shibboleth” [here] where I am bemused by the desperate and mistaken reverence that literary judges show for the idol Authenticity.

The problem with Authenticity is that it’s hard to tell which is genuine, real, authentic Authenticity and which is fake Authenticity masquerading as the real thing.

“Authenticity as a Discursive Effect” is the ironic title of a paper by Melbourne (Australia) academic Ken Ruthven. The concept bears thinking about. And please be careful when you talk about Mr Ruthven: there are two equally “Authentic” and quite different ways to pronounce his Scottish surname, just as there are with the surname (also Scottish) of the late Australian Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies.

Menzies was known by the sobriquet “Ming the Merciless” before the Second World War, and finding out why is an interesting excursion in itself, involving the various pronunciations of British surnames and the history of the American comic strip «Flash Gordon» through the 1930s.

It’s not just Literature whose wheels are greased by that magic lubricant. Common television shows thrive on it too, where it acts like a super tonic and an inflationary gas, puffing up audience numbers and managerial profit.

Journalist Paul Sheehan writes about Television and Authenticity — a tricky pairing — in the «Sydney Morning Herald» today (2012-007-19). Here are some excerpts:

One of Australia’s free-to-air TV networks is pioneering new ways to be seedy, dubious and disingenuous. It is blurring ethical boundaries. It is manipulating the truth. It is subtly breaching broadcast standards on the amount of advertising it can force into an hour of television … That network is [Sydney’s Channel] Ten […] Exhibit one: «The Shire» […] Ten presents the series as being driven by “real people, no actors”, about a real place, Cronulla, and the surrounding Sutherland Shire. This is nonsense. It is a kernel of authenticity wrapped in a package of artifice. The genesis of this series is pure plastic: it is a copy of an American faux reality series, «Laguna Beach», with a dash of the grotesquery of another American reality show, «Jersey Shore», and the dramatic story line of yet another American show, «The O.C.»

This Australian knock-off draws its drama by fixating on several carefully chosen young women who represent the quintessence of puerile narcissism. They are the only people who don’t get the joke — that they are the joke — cast for their combination of vanity, vapidity and plastic surgery […]

«Being Lara Bingle» […] is a series that combines irredeemable vacuousness with faux documentary realism. It is supposed to be reality TV but everything is for the cameras and nothing is really real. In the entire series there was not a single idea or a single reference to anything wider than Lara’s apparently incurable self-absorption […]

[T]he primary responsibility would flow to Ten’s chief programming officer, David Mott, who has been in charge of the network’s programming for 15 years.

If the regulator were interested, I think Ten has a case to answer.

A lesser person might have written “If the regulator was interested…” but Mr Sheehan cares about his subjunctives. As always, his article is worth reading in full.

Rosemary Dobson Review by Martin Duwell

“…She also poses some intriguing critical questions. As readers of these reviews will know, I am inclined to seek out consistently generative images and themes: the obsessions that underlie a poet’s work and which make that poet distinctive. In the case of [Dobson’s] Collected, David McCooey’s introduction has pretty well done this for me. He describes her, very accurately, as a poet of light and lucidity whose poems are also haunted by “visitations, apparitions, omens, annunciations, prophecies and premonitions”.

Read more of Martin Duwell’s perceptive review of the Collected Poems by Rosemary Dobson, here.

Woollen Robots?

“Woollen Robots”, phone photo, Sydney, by John Tranter.

120 Jacket interviews

The list below provides quick links to one hundred and twenty interviews in Jacket magazine up to and including Jacket 40 (late 2010), sorted by the interviewee’s last name.

Robert Adams photo: Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1968; courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, © Robert Adams and the Fraenkel Gallery
Robert Adams photo: Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1968; courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, © Robert Adams and the Fraenkel Gallery: Click on the image for a larger view.

Photographer Robert Adams: Frish Brandt of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, in conversation with Noel King, April 12th 2008: [Link].

Joe Amato in conversation with Chris Pusateri, email, mid-2008: [Link].

Bob Arnold: Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Vermont Poet: Bob Arnold in conversation with Gerald Hausman: [Link]

Bob Arnold in conversation with Kent Johnson, 10 March 2010: [Link].

John Ashbery in conversation with John Tranter, New York City, 20 April 1985: [Link]

John Ashbery in conversation with John Tranter, New York City, May 1988: [Link]

Pete Ayrton, publisher of Serpent’s Tail books, London, in conversation with Noel King: [Link]

Eric Baus in conversation with Cynthia Arrieu-King: Bushwick, NY, Monday May 4, 2009[Link].

Tom Beckett in Conversation with Richard Lopez: [Link]

Émile Benveniste in conversation with Pierre Daix, 1968, translated by Matt Reeck: [Link]

Caroline Bergvall in conversation with John Stammers, first published in Magma magazine in 1999.: [Link]

Bill Berkson in Conversation with Robert Glück, August 2005: [Link]

Charles Bernstein: «Setting the World on Fire» — Charles Bernstein in conversation with Leonard Schwartz, 15 March 2004. Transcript by Zoe Ward, from a radio interview on Cross Cultural Poetics, KAOS 89.3FM Olympia: [Link]

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge: Three Conversations with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Laura Hinton, 2003: [Link]

Ken Bolton in conversation with Peter Minter, 12 October 2004 to 29 April 2005: [Link]

Excellent Horse-Like Lady!

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, Ella Fitzgerald was inspired by April in Paris, the entire cast of the show Oklahoma! sang the praises of Kansas City, and Bob Dylan opined that he was Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, but these people hadn’t been to North Korea. That country’s Beloved Leader, Kim Jong-un, has a new girlfriend, a “previously-married” singer famous for her rendition of “I Love Pyongyang.” It tugs at the heartstrings, doesn’t it?

two-horsesAnd endorsing the equestrian enthusiasms of those panting for the arrival of the London Olympics, she has also demonstrated a devotion to dressage with the lusty ditty “Excellent Horse-Like Lady”. Indeed, if the Dear Leader was in need of a life companion to help him plough the paddocks of his country estates, none would make a better wife. Whip off the chaff-bag, Doris, and Giddy Up There!

The Death of Harry Hooton

hooton-bookAn MP3 audio file of the program as broadcast on Radio Helicon, Radio National, on the evening of 18 December 1988, recorded off-air. Stereo, duration 1 hour 11 minutes 28 seconds. Producer: Amanda Stewart. Script and narration by Mr Sasha Soldatow. With the voices of Harry Hooton, recorded on his deathbed in 1961, Sasha Soldatow, Margaret Fink, Bob Cumming, and others.

Harry Hooton (1908–1961) was born in England and migrated to Australia at the age of sixteen. He became an Australian poet, philosopher and anarchist. He was part of the libertarian Sydney Push in Sydney during the 1950s, with connections to many other Australian and overseas writers. Hooton never completed his philosophical treatise, titled “Militant Materialism”, although he did complete six of its eight chapters. His philosophy was a simple one: “Leave man alone, man is perfect. Concentrate instead on matter.” He formulated what he called “The Politics of Things”. Hooton saw proof copies of his last book, «It Is Great To Be Alive», published by Margaret Elliott (now Margaret Fink), just before he died of cancer in 1961.

Download the MP3 file from my Home Site here.

Basil Bunting and the CIA

A recent poem of mine was published in the Melbourne «Age» a while ago, on 3 March 2012. No, not Melbourne in tropical Florida: the less sunny Melbourne, near the bottom of Australia. The Saturday «Age» boasts a cultural section, and the poetry editor there is Gig Ryan, who kindly agreed to publish my obscure poem on Basil Bunting. Here it is:

Poem Beginning With a Line by Bunting

Boasts time mocks cumber Rome.
Roasts thyme scents set on ledge.
Ghosts rhyme under Wren’s dome.
Stone gives axe sharper edge.
Anger, pride, youth are slowly spent.
Pound disposes, humans merely err.
Plain prose is spoken like a gent,
but verse stirs up Northern burr.

He spies for MI6 and Anglo Oil
stirring up trouble in Tehran.
Home at last. Brag, tenor bull.
Every brag attracts another fan.
      Bye, Basil Bunting, meet your God.
      Poet now rests beneath the sod.

It’s certainly not a “journalism poem”, the kind of light reading that makes its point and moves on, leaving the average newspaper reader slightly enlightened and pleasantly satisfied. No, like many of Shakespeare’s sonnets, on which it is modelled, it’s relentlessly obscure, and for that I apologise. Let me explain.

Basil Bunting beside the River Rawthey, Cumbria, 1980. Photograph copyright Jonathan Williams, 1994, 1998

The focus of the poem is British poet Basil Bunting, 1900-1985. He was born in Northumberland in Northern England, and developed non-conformist Quaker beliefs, a thick Northern brogue and a Northerner’s distrust of “southrons” (people from the south of the North.) He spent a traumatic year in prison in 1918 as a conscientious objector, and later travelled widely. Bunting’s poetry began to show the influence of Ezra Pound, whom he had befriended in the 1920s. He visited Pound in Rapallo, Italy, and later settled there with his family from 1931 to 1933.

During World War II, Bunting served in British Military Intelligence in Persia under cover of working as a journalist for «The Times», and after the war he continued to serve on the British Embassy staff in Tehran until he was expelled by Muhammad Mussadegh (or Mossadeq) in 1952. He was active in stirring up mob violence and demonstrations against Mossadeq, who had been elected Prime Minister of Iran in 1951 by the Majlis (Parliament of Iran) by a democratic vote of 79 to 12.

Bunting was part of the plot engineered by the CIA, MI6 and Anglo Oil to depose Mossadeq, whose administration, as Wikipedia says, “introduced a wide range of social reforms but is most notable for its nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC/AIOC) (later British Petroleum or BP).” They go on to say that he “was removed from power in a coup on 19 August 1953, organised and carried out by the United States CIA at the request of the British MI6.” Soon Shah Pahlevi and the CIA-trained SAVAK, his repressive secret police force, took power.

Wikipedia says “The coup is widely believed to have significantly contributed to anti-American sentiment in Iran and the Middle East. The 1979 Iranian Revolution deposed the Shah and replaced the pro-Western royal dictatorship with the largely anti-Western Islamic Republic of Iran.” That’s the Iran regime that, thirty years later, is now keen to build nuclear weapons and “wipe Israel from the map”.

Jacket 1

The very first issue of Jacket magazine, back in 1997, set the tone: fresh British, American and Australian poetry and poetics. A major feature is Philip Mead’s twenty-page interview with poet Lionel Fogarty. From the Introduction:

Lionel Fogarty
Lionel Fogarty

Lionel Fogarty was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in the semi-tropical northern Australian state of Queensland. This was one of the Queensland ‘punishment’ reserves where individuals and their families who spoke out against the authorities were sent. Since the 1970s he has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services to black deaths in custody. He is also an Australian poet who has opened up the new space of black Australian surrealist writing and done much to reformulate our understanding of poetic discourse and its roles in both black and white communities….

The are also three poems from Lionel Fogarty.

And a rich harvest of other items:

Interview: English poet Roy Fisher — thirty pages of recollections about jazz, teaching, and writing and publishing poetry

Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr
Poems: Charles Bernstein, Elaine Equi, Pam Brown, Alfred Corn, Joanne Burns, Tracy Ryan, Carl Rakosi, Peter Minter, Susan M.Schultz, Paul Hoover, Ron Koertge

Reviews: John Tranter reviews John Berger’s Photocopies; John Redmond reviews Les Murray

Supplement: Martin Johnston: his passion for modern Greek poetry and Greek Folk poetry, Borges, the Renaissance, the life of the mind…

Ladies’ Lounge: Hedy Lamarr, Rocket Scientist (we’re serious; so was she!)

POst-MOdernism …Steal or Borrow? link by Beth Spencer

Poetics at Buffalo link by Susan M.Schultz

All in the first issue of Jacket, at http://jacketmagazine.com/01/index.shtml

Check my Earlier Posts

Don’t forget to check my earlier posts from time to time… check the list of “Categories” at the top right of Tranter’s Journal Front Page. You need to be on the Front Page to see the list. There’s a screenshot of the list I mean, just to the right.

Go to the real Category List on the Front Page and click on a category (“Type and Design”, say) and you will be presented with fifteen sparkling posts on that topic. There are hundreds more, all as fresh as the day I wrote them. Just click on a different category.

Have fun. And do leave a comment…

Literary Lynbrook

The Literary Thoroughfares of Lynbrook, Victoria: In the fairly new suburb of Lynbrook, Australia, in the South-eastern Melbourne City of Casey, over fifty streets and parks are named after Australian writers. They appear between the South Gippsland Highway and the Westernport Highway. The following are most of the “literary streets” in Lynbrook, with brief notes about the writers who are likely to have inspired the names of the eponymous thoroughfares. Naturally I am pleased to find my own name among them. It’s a kind of cartographic apotheosis common enough to forgotten aldermen and sporting persons whose evanescent glory has now faded, but rare among my profession. Though I am troubled by a nagging thought that, as most of the other writers are deceased and in many cases thoroughly historical, perhaps the local council thought I was historical too. Oh well.

I am pleased to note that there is a baby-sitting service in Tranter Square with a name that appeals to me: “Mum’s Day Off”, 22 Tranter Square, Lynbrook, Vic, 3975 Australia…

[…More on my Home Site here.]