For an Analogue Psalter

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Research Background
Current poetic writing on the city is heavily influenced by either the modernist period's despondency (cities as symbols of the fragmentation of society) or capitalism's rapacious stranglehold on contemporary imaginations. These are often tied to city centres where power is distilled. There is little space for aesthetic responses which take these notions into account, yet draw their locations from parts of cities that are overlooked (the outskirts) or indeed cities within the developing world.

Research Contribution
Since the modernist period, the city has been the site of some of the most important creative and poetic moments (eg work by Christopher Brennan and TS Eliot). This has been exacerbated by the rise of Asia in what has become known as 'The Asian Century'. This poetry refigures the city, bringing to light particular aspects and locations that are routinely ignored, finding beauty in new cities (e.g. Guangzhou) and areas of Sydney that have been derided as aesthetically weak (e.g. Warwick Farm).

Research Significance
The research is significant because of the way that it allows other urban locations and voices to make their way to the forefront of poetic and aesthetic debate in an era of increasing urbanisation across the developing and developed world. These poems were commissioned by the editors of Axon journal for the particular issue in which they appear.
Original languageEnglish
Type42-line poem in Axon Elements (University of Canberra publication)
Media of outputPrint, online
PublisherAxon Elements
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationCanberra
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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