I Love Poetry



In I Love Poetry, Michael Farrell continues his affirmation of poetry as a mode for thinking: about Australia, land, and settlement, about planetary life, and about poetry’s relation to other art forms and to other kinds of writing. His poems show an aptitude for both fiction and (auto)biography. Playful and subtle in tone, they get under the skin of your mind more than in its face. ‘AC/DC as First Emu Prime Minister’ and ‘Into a Bar’ remobilise familiar Australian icons, while ‘Cate Blanchett and the Difficult Poem’ creates a scenario with the actor and Waleed Aly where reading and composition become a single act. ‘Great Poet Snowdome’ is a pervy story of kitsch involving Sydney and the pope, a recurring figure in the book who re-emerges as Pope Pinocchio. There’s a Tame Impala acrostic, a Mad Max riff (‘Put Your Helmet On’), a One Direction revision (‘Drag Me Down’), and forays into poeticising lyrebirds, kangaroos, Robert Menzies and Elizabeth Bishop. There is Sid Vicious and there are lamingtons. There is everything that loves poetry: Weet-Bix, Iron Maiden t-shirts, motorbikes, and you.


ISBN : 978-1-925336-55-9
pp : 96

Available on backorder

1 November 2017

Michael Farrell was born in Bombala, NSW and has lived in Melbourne since 1990. Since leaving office work behind, he has published several books and chapbooks, including Cocky’s Joy, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry, and Open Sesame, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry. He was the winner of the 2012 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Michael has also published a scholarly book, Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796–1945, revised from his PhD. He edits a small poetry magazine, Flash Cove, and co-wrote the Dick Diver single ‘Waste the Alphabet’.