The Real Through Line: A Poetry Symposium

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

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.

Monash Conference Centre
Level 7, 30 Collins street – Melbourne

Date(s) – 5 Apr 2013
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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


Although the symposium is free you must Register with this online form for catering and planning purposes. Any enquires should be made via email to Rosalind McFarlane. 

Further updates and the program will be made available via our website.