In rapid iPhone bursts, prize-winning Australian poet Mark Mordue's collection captures Sydney from its 1980s punk scene to the present. Poems from the South Coast
and Phone Poems
celebrate the human and non-human landscapes fluid as cloud and rain, fleeting moments, fatherhood, the presence of love, the aboriginality of the landscapes.
PRAISE FOR DARLINGHURST FUNERAL RITES:
"Few writers around are offering us journeys as haunting, evocative and distinct as Mark Mordue. Here is the rare poet not afraid of going his own way, regardless of fashion and convention."
, author, Autumn Light
and The Art of Stillness
"There is a quick mind behind these open-hearted lines, lucid poetry with dark edges and sudden downward plunges. Although Mordue's subject is love, he is writing into the uncertain future, aware and willing to say what it feels like to live in the present moment and to sing as he goes. These poems are gifts to the reader, a breakthrough into the open sky from the city's crooked back lanes and highways, a joy to read and experience."
, author, Net Needle
and Inside Out
"In these wonderfully generous, expansive and open-hearted poems Mark Mordue reminds us that the artist's first obligation is to make themselves vulnerable: to their pasts, to the world around them and perhaps most of all, to love."
, author, Clade
and The Resurrectionist
"Sydney's Darlinghurst, today prosperous and gentrified, was in the early '80s a jumpy skinsoup of amphetamines, sex and cacophony. The raging glory has moved on, but is preserved here much as it was, thanks to Mordue's passion and guile."
, author, A White Concrete Day
PRAISE FOR DASTGAH, DIARY OF HEAD TRIP:
"I JUST TOOK A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE GO, first zig-zagging my way through this incredible book, and finally, almost feverishly, making sure I hadn't missed out on a chapter along the way. I'm not sure what I'd call it now: A road movie of the mind, a diary, a love story, a new version of the subterranean homesick and wanderlust blues anyway, it's a great ride. Paul Bowles and Kerouac are in the back, and Mark Mordue has taken over the wheel of that pick-up truck from Bruce Chatwin, who's dozing in the passenger seat."
, director, Paris Texas
, Wings of Desire
, and The Buena Vista Social Club