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Word Migrants
Author: Hazel Smith

ISBN: 9781925336030
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1 March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0
Description:
Hazel Smith's new poetry collection engages in a direct way with contemporary political and social issues - civil war and the flight of populations, oppressive regimes and the disappearance of dissidents, the unpredictable effects of climate change - relating these issues to the personal experience of death and dementia, abuse and disability and childlessness. The poems project intense psychological states of indecisiveness, anxiety, disorientation and guilt, making use of surreal conjunctions and metaphor to dramatise the sense of unease.

Smith is a new media artist and musician, and the poems employ a variety of techniques drawn from these fields, flourishes of linguistic coloratura, the evocation of virtual realities, cutting and pasting from the internet, remixing, sampling and quotation, to drive home their effects.

About the Author

Hazel Smith is a senior research fellow in the school of creative communication at the University of Canberra and founder of the creative writing program at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara.

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