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TT. O TT. O i(A18486 works by) ( Pi O ) (a.k.a. P. O.; Peter Oustabasidis; Peter Oustabasides; Pi O; Π.Ο. )
Born: Established: 1951 Katerini, Macedonia,
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 22 Jul 1954
Heritage: Greek
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П. O. (Pi O) was raised in Fitzroy, Melbourne and has worked as a draftsperson in the Titles Office, Law Department of the Victorian State Government. A visual, 'concrete' poet, he began writing in 1970, moving into concrete poetry through his own experiments and was delighted when he discovered it also through his reading. He became a major participant in Melbourne's concrete and performance poetry community and has participated in international exhibitions of concrete poetry in Amsterdam and Nevada, USA. As a member of a number of collective presses he has edited many small magazines, including Fitzrot, Born to Concrete, Free, Free Too, Free Read, I's and E's, and 925. He has also contributed to magazines such as Ploughman, Contempa, Magic Sam, Luna and Your Friendly Fascist.

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  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Heide Newcastle : Giramondo Publishing , 2019 17275159 2019 selected work poetry

'Heide is an epic poem about history, painting, painters, patrons and the people who made art happen in Australia — from Louis Buvelot to Edith Rowan, Tom Roberts and Robert Streeton to Vassilief, Nolan, Tucker, Joy Hester, the Boyds, Mirka Mora, and Albert Namatjira, with a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide in Melbourne.

'It is a poem that explores the influence of art and poetry on the psyche, and the influence of social class on both, from the upper echelons and industrialists of Melbourne, to the struggle of the working class through such artists as Alisa O’Connor, Noel Counihan and Yosl Bergner. It begins with the foundation of Melbourne, and in its epic scope traverses an encyclopaedic range of subjects, assembled from facts, quotations, proverbs, definitions, historical documents, newspaper accounts and the author’s own reminiscences. 

'Heide is about the poets and artists who put their lives on the line, the Australian preoccupation with landscape, the dominance of a masculinist aesthetic, the sidelining and denigration of Indigenous art, the struggle of women artists to assert their influence and presence, and the impact of migration on Australian culture. 

'It is a long poem made up of almost 300 poems, each bringing to life characters and incidents that are fleshed out in vivid detail and with a dramatic intensity unique in Australian poetry.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2020 winner Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
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