Pigeons on a Wire by Lali Masriera

    The Real Through Line: A Poetry Symposium

    Pigeons on a Wire by Lali Masriera
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    Date(s) - 5 Apr 2013
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Monash Conference Centre


    Pigeons on a Wire by Lali Masriera

    Pigeons on a Wire by Lali Masriera

    Presented by Monash University Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing and RMIT University

    This cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars and practitioners interested in the poetry of the real world. The symposium proposes viewing and celebrating the poem as a medium of formal aesthetic production with a discernible content. Such a view could account for some of the most exciting and ground-breaking works of recent and contemporary poetry in which the Real has entered, transformed and has in turn been transformed, by the aesthetics of the poetic space. This event brings together scholarship and creative works that testify to the potential of the poetic line to extend and multiply our conceptions of non-fiction writing. It intends to celebrate/discuss/interrogate a literary mode in which poets openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.

    Followed by readings at Collected Works Bookshop
    Level 1/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne


    Louis Armand is an editor of VLAK magazine and lectures in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University. He has published seven collections of poetry, most recently, Letters from Ausland and Synopticon (with John Kinsella), as well as four novels and a number of volumes of criticism.

    Jill Jones is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She is the author of 14 books, the most recent being Ash is Here, So are Stars and Senses Working Out.

    π. O. is a founding member of the Poets’ Union and has edited many works, including Off the Record for Penguin. His most recent book of poetry is Big Numbers: New and Selected Poems

    Felicity Plunkett is the poetry editor at University of Queensland Press as well as a research consultant at the University of Queensland. She has published two books, Vanishing Point and Seastrands. 

    Jordie Albiston is a prominent Melbourne poet and academic. She has written six books, the most recent of which are Vertigo: A Cantata and the sonnet according to ‘m’

    Justin Clemens is a senior lecturer at Melbourne University. His latest works include The Mundiad and Villain while a new work, Psychoanalysis is an antiphilosophy, is due to be released in 2013. 

    Ann Vickery is a senior lecturer at Deakin University. She has published numerous scholarly works, the most well-known of which is Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry. 

    Patrick Jones is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Western Sydney. He has edited the anthology Words and Things and his work has appeared in multiple well-known journals. 

    Kate Middleton‘s first book Fire Season won the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry. She was the inaugural Sydney poet in 2012. 

    Jessica Wilkinson (convenor) is the editor of RABBIT: a journal for non-fiction poetry and a lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT. Her latest book is the full-length collection marionette: a biography of miss marion davies

    Ali Alizadeh (convenor) is a lecturer at Monash University and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2012. His latest work is Transactions, due for release in mid-2013.


    Registration is now closed, as due to overwhelming popularity the event is full.

    Program and Abstracts

    Download the  schedule (PDF) and abstracts (PDF) here.