David McCooey is a prize-winning poet, critic, and editor. He is the co-editor (with Maria Takolander) of The Limits of Life Writing (Routledge), and his latest book of poems is The Book of Falling (Upswell). He is a professor of literature and writing at Deakin University.
All essays by David McCooey
Things I Learned at Art School
by Megan Dunn
Published August 2021
by Nathalie Léger, trans. Amanda DeMarco
Published December 2019
Suite for Barbara Loden
by Nathalie Léger, trans. Natasha Lehrer & Cécile Menon
Published March 2015
The White Dress
by Nathalie Léger, trans. Natasha Lehrer
Published March 2020
The Irreparable, the Inconsolable
for Léger the archive and literature are mutually informing. The neutral intellectualism of the former and the subjective affectivity of the latter exist in a dyadic relationship. This tension is a source of the great power of Léger’s extraordinary short books. Profoundly recondite, they are also deeply moving. Léger understands the literary power of the image and of narrative; the thing and its multiple renderings through mediation. This flickering between the real and its representation, between subject and object, is central to the effect of Léger’s triptych. It is not surprising, then, that the three subjects of her triptych are all associated with the representational power of the visual image and of (self-) performance.