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Poems by Jack Ross. Drawings by Emma Smith
"When artist Emma Smith and poet Jack Ross came up with the idea for this book: an amalgam of images and poems, “translated” from their understanding of the work of German poet Paul Celan (1920-1970), it was the word Celanie, the description Celan himself used for the little set of Parisian streets and suburbs which constituted the heart of his world-in-exile, that inspired them.
Ross’s choice of texts has its origins in the correspondence between Celan and his wife, French artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, and – specifically – in the poems, often enriched with glossaries and occasionally even complete dual-text versions, which he so frequently included in his letters to her.
The decisions that lie behind the choice of subject-matter for Emma Smith’s pictures are expounded further in Bronwyn Lloyd’s Afterword, “A Figure of Polished Desolation,” especially written for this volume."
This critical edition of Robin Hyde’s autobiographical writings Your Unselfish Kindness, is published by Otago University Press. This is the third major publication Mary has produced on Hyde during her career, and it includes a substantial introductory essay placing Hyde’s autobiographical writing and the experience it records in the context of New Zealand society in the inter-war years.
The story of the vulnerable white person vanishing without trace into the
harsh Australian landscape is a potent and compelling element in multiple
genres of mainstream Australian culture. It has been sung in “Little Boy Lost,”
brought to life on the big screen in Picnic at Hanging Rock, immortalized in
Henry Lawson’s poems of lost tramps, and preserved in the history books’
tales of Leichhardt or Burke and Wills wandering in mad circles.
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