Special Features

Special Features

Some features consist of a number of pages with poems, photos and prose items related to just one topic.

University of Auckland Symposium: “Short Takes on Long Poems”, 28-30 March, 2012.

Conference Poster


[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poem in the World’, on the beach at Waiheke Island in Auckland Bay. A story of a Conference held at the University of Auckland in 2012, in 6 parts. Wednesday evening: lots of short, fast poems.
[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poems in the World’, on the beach at Waiheke Island in Auckland Bay. Part 2.
[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poems in the World’. Part 3.
[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poems in the World’. Part 4.
[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poems in the World’. Part 5.
[»»] 2012: ‘The Longest Poems in the World’. Part 6, final.

[»»] Fonts: Caslon: a literary typeface (Two Magazines)
[»»] Fonts: Reviving Caslon, by William Berkson: …First, the pursuit of authenticity is a snare and a trap. Don’t go there. Second, particularly if it’s an old typeface, it’s going to be harder than you imagined, and you can lose your way in the process. So you’d better start with a very clear goal for your revival, and stick to it.
[»»] Fonts: Inventing Equity [‘Just for lawyers?’ I hear you cry. That’s right, and it’s based on one of my favourite fonts, Ehrhardt, from the 1930s. Here (below) is a comparison between “Equity” (left) and good old Times New Roman (right).]

[»»] Heart Starter, 2015: Notes to the poems: Fourteen pages of detailed notes. Are you sure you want to go there? Various sonnet forms are discussed in excruciating detail, for example. Okay? Are you feeling strong?

[»»] Martin Johnston on Calvino and Duras, 1986: ‘…this suggests nothing so much as Octave Mirbeau’s turn-of-the-century snuff novel The Garden of Tortures. Cochin-chinoiserie, as it were.’

[»»] Mr Rubenking’s ‘Breakdown’: on the computer-assisted text analysis and reconstruction method Claude Shannon would be proud of.
[»»] Mr Rubenking: an example: ‘Carousel’ (The clouds above Battery Park were like a sack of snakes around the sun’s breast, approaching the great windswept space of the streets that shone with perspiration…)
[»»] Mr Rubenking: an example: ‘Valéry’s Room’ (Valéry has the manner of a young married man. He was usually up by noon, and he could generally see in the mirror that he was largely a monster. He makes a face, manic depressively. He peers into the glass again. ‘That’s the form, old boy,’ he says, striking his leg with a riding crop. ‘Scripto, ergo sum.’)
[»»] Mr Rubenking: many examples: Samples pages from Different Hands (… the first two or three pages from each of five of the seven stories published in the book Different Hands (1998), Folio/ Fremantle Arts Centre Press, PO Box 158, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia. ISBN 1-86368-241-4.)

[»»] My baleful advice to a New Writer (Find another career. Please. Take up etching, or photography. Work the midnight to dawn shift in a fast food takeaway joint, be a mail delivery person, become a university student, drop out, hitch-hike around the world, work in the pay office of a military repatriation unit… [blah, blah]… I have done all those things. You will meet a better class of people, have more fun and lead a more valuable life. But if you insist on being a poet, read on.)

[»»] Patricia Rolfe, 1920-2008: thanks! (DAME EDNA EVERAGE can thank Patricia Rolfe for her early style. It was Pat who ventured into the ladies department of Waltons on Park Street, Barry Humphries in tow, looking for dresses to fit him. And if that wasn’t daunting enough, the shoe department was even worse: Humphries had very large feet.… ) And I owe Patricia special thanks.

[»»] Patrick White and Buttocks (‘In all directions stretched the Great Australian Emptiness, in which the mind is the least of possessions, in which the rich man is the important man, in which the schoolmaster and the journalist rule what intellectual roost there is, in which beautiful youths and girls stare at life through blind blue eyes, in which human teeth fall like autumn leaves, the buttocks of cars grow hourly glassier, food means cake and steak, muscles prevail, and the march of material ugliness does not raise a quiver from the average nerves.’)

[»»] Proust and Photography (Proust, who was as obsessed with photographs as he was with train travel and the telephone system and the telephone switch-girls who connected people and acted like interceding angels, put his thoughts about photography into the mouth of his saturnine character Baron de Charlus…)

[»»] Rimbaud the Murderer (It is fitting that Ashbery should face up to Rimbaud’s achievement, and bring Rimbaud’s poems into English.)