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Author: A.J. Carruthers

ISBN: 9781922181329
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1 November 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8 x 1.2

With AXIS Book 1: 'Areal', the inaugural part of carruthers' long poem project, each 'axis' cuts, layers, folds, and accumulates language in two columns. One side often plays the support role, an 'accompaniment' for the other side. Elsewhere they merge, intersect, cross, or even obliterate each other. Book 1 is the first test of this structure, a laying out of fields, of poetic 'areas.' AXIS begins with questions like these: Can utopia be lived inside the work? Is there a place for the political in the poem? What is the fate of community, of the chorus, of lyric time? Could there be such a thing as poetic geography? Poetic science? What doesn't poetry know about music? The AXIS system is designed to work in the future with three, - and four-columns of text, bringing together discourses of science, pharmacology and contemporary art.

"Big, bold, brainy. An experimental tour de force."- Kate Lilley

"With Axis, a.j. carruthers explicitly aligns himself with the lineage of the long poem. It is a bold move, if we consider that the major e...

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