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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 Element : The Atomic Weight and Radius of Love
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'Using chemistry as an indexing trope, Jordie Albiston tabulates the human predicament of love: its foundations and fundamentals; its configuration of emotions; its recurring properties; and its inherent assumption of many as yet unknown elements to occur.  These poems range across space and time, all the while adhering to the formal constraints of atomic theory.  The states and structures of being are scrutinised according to love's capacity for passion and fissure, blessing and debt, and a compound body of two is progressively mapped onto the page.

'This remarkable collection sees Albiston's longstanding conversation with mathematics and poetic form advance into the realm of science.  With characteristic invention, orchestration and play, she discovers and describes the universal vastness and everyday physics of love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Epigraph: The magnitude of the atomic weight determines the character of the element, just as the magnitude of the molecule determines the character of a compound body. —Dmitri Mendeleev 
    The man of science is nothing if not a poet gone wrong. —George Meredith 
     

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    • Glebe, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Puncher and Wattmann , 2020 .
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      • Published March 2020.
      ISBN: 9781925780598

Works about this Work

The Mastery of Immersion and Advocacy in Jordie Albiston’s Poetry by Angela Costi Angela Costi , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , March no. 31 2021;

'From March to November 2020, the Melbourne populace was restricted, curfewed and in ‘lockdown’ due to COVID19, bringing with it a slow-down, a chance to engage deeply with what nourishes. This was a time when I hunkered down with a breadth of poetry collections engaging with themes of isolation, exile and crises. I gravitated to collections of poems that built on an issue, immersing themselves in one world and all of its nuances. This is the mastery of award-winning poet and scholar, Dr Jordie Albiston. She applies outstanding rigour to research and content, as much as she does to form and metre. During the many months of solitary neighbourhood walks, mandatory masks and global crises spreading through airwaves, Albiston’s poems created reflective spaces on how history is only separated by time, and ‘love’ must be activated on a fundamental level.' (Introduction)

What I’m Reading Luke Beesley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
'A Universal Hum' : Three New Poetry Collections Luke Beesley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 422 2020; (p. 53-54)

— Review of God is Waiting in the World’s Yard M. T. C. Cronin , 2019 selected work poetry ; Element : The Atomic Weight and Radius of Love Jordie Albiston , 2020 selected work poetry ; Family Trees Michael Farrell , 2020 selected work poetry

'If I were to make gauche generalisations about the poetics of MTC Cronin, Jordie Albiston, and Michael Farrell, I might respectively write conceptualtechnical, and experimental. But these established poets – each in their fifties, highly regarded – display fluency with all these descriptors, especially in their latest books.' (Introduction)

'A Universal Hum' : Three New Poetry Collections Luke Beesley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 422 2020; (p. 53-54)

— Review of God is Waiting in the World’s Yard M. T. C. Cronin , 2019 selected work poetry ; Element : The Atomic Weight and Radius of Love Jordie Albiston , 2020 selected work poetry ; Family Trees Michael Farrell , 2020 selected work poetry

'If I were to make gauche generalisations about the poetics of MTC Cronin, Jordie Albiston, and Michael Farrell, I might respectively write conceptualtechnical, and experimental. But these established poets – each in their fifties, highly regarded – display fluency with all these descriptors, especially in their latest books.' (Introduction)

What I’m Reading Luke Beesley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
The Mastery of Immersion and Advocacy in Jordie Albiston’s Poetry by Angela Costi Angela Costi , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , March no. 31 2021;

'From March to November 2020, the Melbourne populace was restricted, curfewed and in ‘lockdown’ due to COVID19, bringing with it a slow-down, a chance to engage deeply with what nourishes. This was a time when I hunkered down with a breadth of poetry collections engaging with themes of isolation, exile and crises. I gravitated to collections of poems that built on an issue, immersing themselves in one world and all of its nuances. This is the mastery of award-winning poet and scholar, Dr Jordie Albiston. She applies outstanding rigour to research and content, as much as she does to form and metre. During the many months of solitary neighbourhood walks, mandatory masks and global crises spreading through airwaves, Albiston’s poems created reflective spaces on how history is only separated by time, and ‘love’ must be activated on a fundamental level.' (Introduction)

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