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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Refashioning Myth : Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses
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'Robert Graves tells us that "the poet's first enrichment is a knowledge and understanding of myths." Certainly, as this collection of essays, poems and visual images affirms, mythology has been a field richly mined by poets and artists from antiquity through to the present day. It is testament to both the enduring power of myth, as well as the adaptability of its form, that poets and writers continually turn to the mythic for both inspiration and guidance. This volume presents a diverse collection of analytical and creative works by scholars, poets and visual artists, in response to their varied explorations of the prolific dialogue that exists between myth and poetry.' (Publisher's blurb)


  • Dedication: For Dorothy Porter (1954-2008)
  • Contents indexed selectively.


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Introduction : Refashioning Myth, Jessica Wilkinson , Eric Parisot , David McInnis , single work criticism (p. 1-7)
The Orphic Strain in Australian Poetry, Andrew Johnson , single work criticism
'Andrew Johnson argues that "[w]hile poetry in Australia might broadly be read under the aegis of Romanticism, the various Orphic poems could be used as an index of different styles and schools," and claims that "the different approaches and interests of various poets could be measured by their varied responses to the Orphic material." Johnson applies this framework to a close reading of several key Australian poets, including A. D. Hope and the notorious "mythical" poet, Ern Malley.' (Source: Introduction p. 2)
(p. 9-27)
Reading Smoke with Orpheusi"Tranquility. It can be painted, but", Chris Wallace-Crabbe , single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Orpheus Down Underi"He held the toy accordion", Jessica Wilkinson , single work poetry (p. 31)
From Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book XIi"Not far from the zone where the Cimmerians dwell", John Kinsella , single work poetry (p. 49-51)
Morpheus, While Half Asleepi"The muse of failed memory", Chris Wallace-Crabbe , single work poetry (p. 53-54)
"Indenting the White Pillow with Dreams" : From Morpheus to Morphine : A Study of Kinsella's and Wallace-Crabbe's Recent Poetry, Chris Wallace-Crabbe , single work criticism
'Atherton reads the work of Kinsella and Wallace-Crabbe as an exploration of Morpheus's transmutable form, as an ambiguous figure of both pleasure and pain, "both seductive and sinister, a giver of dreams and yet, often, the thief of time."' (Source: Introduction p. 2)
(p. 55-68)
A Taxidermist's Natural Historyi"In this realm of minor public officialdom", Angela Gardner , single work poetry (p. 69)
This Open Body of Sleepi"The night sky empties", Angela Gardner , single work poetry (p. 71)
Jubal's Lyrei"Strange old mother-doctor,", Chris Wallace-Crabbe , single work poetry (p. 91)
Inanna of the Storms, Gita Mammen , single work criticism
'...Eleni Rivers and Gita Mammen—remind us how mythology and poetry are interminably linked with the visual arts, and indeed with the trials of everyday experience. Rivers's preoccupation with botanical forms explores an elemental concern at the heart of myth: the natural cycle. By situating herself in relation to the rhythms of nature (germination of seeds, growth, decay, and fertilisation), Rivers explores the role of the artist in the cycles which give birth to myth. Mammen's juxtaposition of visual art and poetry in "Inanna of the Storms" revisits some of the oldest myths known—those of Mesopotamia and Ancient Sumer—but in doing so, sheds light on such contemporary concerns as "water shortages and war, spirituality and love."' (Source: Introduction pp. 3-4)
(p. 119-120)
Beyond Imagining : Notions of Transcendence in Judith Beveridge's "Between the Palace and the Bodhi Tree", Michael Heald , single work criticism
'In his analysis of Judith Beveridge's poetry, Mike Heald contrasts poetic and philosophical engagements with Buddhism, arguing that "the imagination produces a conception of transcendence very different from that found in the meditative tradition," with the effect that in Beveridge's Siddhattha, the reader encounters "a figure who bodies forth the ineluctable suffering of the human condition, and thus the perennial elusiveness and implausibility of transcendence, rather than one who embodies the promise and indeed successful realisation of transcendence." This appears to be an occasion in which affect-driven literature diverges substantially from philosophical myth narratives, albeit in a complementary rather than a mutually exclusive manner.' (Source: Introduction p. 4)
(p. 121-138)
Breathi"Sleeplessness. At dawn, soft rain, the birds", Diane Fahey , single work poetry (p. 161)
Tricked Myth-Machines : Self-Mythologising in the Poetry of John Forbes and Ted Berrigan, Duncan Hose , single work criticism
'...Duncan Hose examines the personal mythopoeic tendencies of John Forbes and Ted Berrigan "as a synthetic poetic praxis of mythography and mythopoesis; that is, a constant rereading and re-writing of one's own myths." The everyday and the mythological are thus seen to enter into a dialectical exchange even as Berrigan's collage method works against self-mythologising. Hose claims that Forbes's poetry reminds us "that our everyday thinking, our being interpellated as subjects by our culture, our families, our literature, places us immanently within the processes and logic of myth." He identifies, in these poets' work, a tension between identity/Self as a composite product of myth and the active production of the Self through myth.' (Source: Introduction pp. 4-5)
(p. 163-181)
Aeneas Remembers Domestic Blissi"We were never married, Dido.", Dorothy Porter , single work poetry (p. 183)
The Lovely Night. The Rotting Shipi"The night they brought the aged Argo back to Corinth.", Dorothy Porter , single work poetry (p. 185-186)
Poseidoni"He told Medusa, You warm my cockles, and whinnied at his", Lachlan McKenzie , single work poetry (p. 201)
From: The Sunlit Zone : Part Two Angler's Bay, 2009-2011, Lisa Jacobson , extract novel (p. 243-258)
Pandora's Boxi"She had eyelashes like spiders' legs-", Jessica Wilkinson , single work poetry (p. 279)
Iseult to Tristani"A sudden wind", Danijela Kambaskovic , single work poetry (p. 281-282)

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