Wednesday, September 01, 2010

overland 200

I've just received my contributor copy (and a cheque!) for the 200th issue of Overland.
Congratulations to all involved - it is a great big number and a great big party happening in Melbourne for the launch.

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Launch Party for Overland 200

Overland literary journal is launching its 200th edition, and will be marking the occasion with an evening of celebration. If you’re a writer or a reader, a friend or a well-wisher – or if you’re just curious about what one of Australia’s most prestigious literary journals is up to now – this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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Derek Motion asked 20 poets to each develop a ten line piece which he would remix into a 200 line poem. Derek's remixing "I forged the 200 line poem out of the raw material. I cut lines into tiny strips of paper and remixed..." is an interesting and playful poem titled 'Before Elapsing'. I think, in every instance, Derek kept individual lines intact and his original prompt to each poet was to look at each piece as" 'on a role'...the goal was to encourage poetry that looked at the role of the poet in the past, in the present and in the future."

You could do yourself a favour and grab a copy of the Overland 200 issue. Lots of interesting things inside and the poem is an edgy and charming way to feature the work of twenty poets, speaking within the confines of a solitary piece. It is more than suggesting a lessening of single ownership in contemporary practice, it is embracing a concept of community and collaboration which feels good and timely.

Poets featured are Adam Ford, Zenobia Frost, Rebecca Giggs, Susan Hampton, Stu Hatton, Kelly-Lee Hickey, Hal Judge, Dan Lee, Carly-Jay Metcalf, Scot-Patrick Mitchell, Derek Motion, Ella O'Keefe, David Prater, Jaya Savige, Bel Schenk, Andrew Slattery, Amelia Walker, Louise Waller, Benny Walter and Fiona Wright


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