The Anaglyph

Excuse me if I post twice, but… on my Main Site here you can read “The Anaglyph”, the opening long poem from «Starlight: 150 Poems», published in 2010 by the University of Queensland Press. Extensive notes to all the poems in that book are available on this site as well.

“The Anaglyph” initially resulted from a commission from the Toronto magazine «The Modern Review» to write a piece of any type on John Ashbery’s 1967 long poem “Clepsydra”. In response I took the first word or two and also the last word or two of each line from John Ashbery’s poem, and wrote material of my own to fill each line out.

A clepsydra is a water-driven clock, invented in Ancient Greece. An anaglyph is a drawn or photographic image, usually printed in red and bluish-green ink, that, when viewed through spectacles containing one bluish-green lens and one red lens, presents a three-dimensional image; that is, an image consisting of two superimposed and differently-coloured views of the same scene.

The poem was extensively reworked and became part of my 2009 Doctor of Creative Arts thesis dissertation for the University of Wollongong, along with 112 other poems and a thirty-thousand-word exegesis.

This piece is about seven printed pages long.

Just in: [»] Martin Duwell reviews John Tranter: Starlight: 150 Poems (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2010), 214pp.
“There can be little doubt that “The Anaglyph” is the dominant poem of this collection and one of Tranter’s great achievements…”