Australian Poetry

October 2017

Rae Desmond Jones (1941-2017): ‘The fractured poetry / of commerce and power’

'Rae Desmond Jones has stated that for him poetry and politics are mutually contradictory pursuits, yet his poetry, concerned with how people and classes interact, is, like all art, necessarily political.'

Amanda Stewart

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The SRB is an initiative of The Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University

August 2017

Have Been and Are by Brook Emery book cover

An Amazing Shorthand

'Like some austere ancestor, venerated, often denigrated, notoriously difficult and spiky, philosophy has the reputation for being rational and analytic, seeking an entirely objective account of things as they are. Poetry is, for many, the most subjective form of writing, heavily reliant on emotion rather than cool reasoning.'