Writer, curator and poet John Mateer discusses his recent art/historical project The Quiet Slave: a history in eight episodes in the context of his on-going interest in the nexus between scriptural traditions and migrations, voluntary and forced, in the Indian Ocean region.
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Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essay writer, translator and previous Guggenheim Fellow who holds a chair in literature at the University of California Berkeley.
Aboriginal author and poet Ali Cobby Eckermann discusses her award winning massacre verse novel Ruby Moonlight.
Moving laterally from Vickery’s initial gambit, I will look to explore the conditions from which ‘colony collapse’ might be understood as Clemen’s “being caught dead”.
Following on associatively from Vickery’s provocations, I will be looking at models for alternative kinships and affinities…
Colony collapse disorder describes a phenomenon whereby worker bees have suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from a hive. It has also been mobilised as a syndrome following the rapid vanishing of Western honeybee colonies across North America and Europe. Justin Clemens has also used the term to describe aesthetic collapse, whereby poets can only demonstrate their existence as “being caught dead” given the fragile conditions of poetry and the inevitable, deadly effects of the past.
I wish to address the language of settlement as influenced by the narratives of the European “discoverers” and explorers. In doing so, I will look specifically at the selectivity of language,
As someone for whom the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a deep insight into the past I share with other South Africans, among them “ex – whites”, it was a linguistic operation, too, a recovery.
This presentation will engage with a range of compositional and ethical issues which confronted me as a poet – consciously and unconsciously – in a sequence of poems dealing with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
I will raise some thoughts on mobile craft, suggesting transcultural alignments between Charles Olson’s projectivism and 1970s Papunya desert art, and brooding on ecopoetic form.