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David Brooks David Brooks i(A14557 works by) (a.k.a. David Gordon Brooks)
Born: Established: 1953 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ;
Gender: Male
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1 Possession, Landscape, the Unheimlich and Lionel Fogarty’s ‘Weather Comes’ David Brooks , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 August vol. 82 no. 2017;

'I: A note on Indigenous Australians

'A great many Australian poets are in an interesting and ironic state of dispossession, although perhaps only a small proportion of them actually feels that way – that proportion, let’s say, whose subjects and predispositions draw them towards the landscape, its flora and fauna, and their human experience thereof and thereupon. And perhaps we are speaking only of a proportion of this proportion – although even as we contemplate this we cannot exclude the possibility that some proportion of those great many who turn their backs upon such subject matter do so themselves out of some unacknowledged sense of impropriety or dispossession.' (Introduction)

1 For the Animals David Brooks (interviewer), 2017 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 76 no. 2 2017; (p. 162-170)

'In 2016 David Brooks launched Derrida's Breakfast, a collection of essays on Derrida, philosophy, literature, poetry and always the animal. The launch took place on a chill May afternoon in the mountain township of Blackheath and these are a selection of David's responses to the questions asked that afternoon, but also via email conversations leading up to and continuing after that launch.' (Introduction)

1 J S Harry’s ‘Tunnel Vision’, Vicious Sydney and The Car Story David Brooks , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March vol. 57 no. 1 2017;
'As I began this essay on J S Harry’s poem ‘Tunnel Vision’ several years ago (2006) the radio drive shows in Sydney were full of opinions, mainly angry, concerning a report that a male teacher, in an English class, encouraging students to find as many words in ‘Australia’ as they could, had led the way by showing them how it contains the word ‘slut’, and then, when asked what that meant – it must have been a young primary-school class – had told them that it was a word used to describe women. An hour later I was having lunch with a visiting academic from Jaipur and we spoke about the recent spate of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and then of the appalling death of an aboriginal elder in the back of a prisoner transport van in Western Australia. No point in claiming that Australia is not a racist country. I did, sometimes, try to claim that, but gave it up long ago. We mask it, that’s all: here on the East Coast we keep much of it beyond the Great Dividing Range, where a lot of other things are kept, out of sight and mind. We then, this Indian academic and I, spoke about Australia’s much-vaunted multiculturalism, its naivety, its need to mature, the stages it has gone through. There is a gap between Australia’s ideas of itself and its reality. A chasm. (Introduction)
1 Ramps and the Stair Andy Jackson , David Brooks , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 76 no. 2 2017; (p. 12-29)

'I've been wanting to write about non-normative body and an elusive word has been stalling me. What is it to be - distopic'? 'Dystrophic' ? 'distropic'? distopia is a place - a society - or condition 'in which everything is as bad as possible (OED). Dystrophia refers to defective Nourishment (OED: dystrophic is a term reserved for lakes particularly laden with dissolved organic matter). The dystrophy in 'muscular dystrophy' refers more to atrophy than what my mind insists to me 'dystrophy' should refer to. But what is that?...' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Southerly Writing Disability vol. 76 no. 2 Andy Jackson (editor), David Brooks (editor), 2017 10817268 2017 periodical issue

'This intriguing issue presents essays, memoir and creative work by disabled and non-disabled writers on the subjects of disability and of the interrelation of writing and disability.

'Blind writer and critic Amanda Tink discusses the impact of Henry Lawson’s deafness on his style and created world. Ben Stubbs walks the streets of Adelaide blindfolded to learn more of the sightless city. Deaf author Jessica White discusses the deafness of Maud Praed. Josephine Taylor writes an incisive essay on Vulvodynia. There are discussions of visible and invisible disabilities, of the poetics of disability, of disability and silence, of little known or largely unrecognised disabilities, and of the difficulties confronting discussion of disability in the first place. There is also Southerly’s usual feast of reviews and recent Australian and New Zealand writing, including striking new works by Anthony Mannix, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Peter Boyle, Koraly Dimitriadis and many others.' (Publication summary)

1 A Travellers Tale David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 138-143)
1 Horses David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 125-126)
1 Lost Pages David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 102-124)
1 Grief David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: The Best Australian Stories 2016 2016; (p. 197-204) Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 92-101)
1 The Seventh Floor David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 89-91)
1 We Are Standing at the Low Stone Wall David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 76)
1 The Net David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 75)
1 A Turkish Head David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 75-76)
1 Vierge Ouvrante David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 74-75)
1 In the Centre of the World David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 73-74)
1 A Short Allegory David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 69-70)
1 Process David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 68-69)
1 A Piece of Sheepsongs David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 68)
1 Alchemy David Brooks , 2016 single work prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 67)
1 Ten Short Pieces David Brooks , 2016 sequence prose
— Appears in: Napoleon's Roads 2016; (p. 67-76)
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