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John Mateer is a poet, writer and curator. His works – published in Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Macau and Portugal – include essays, books of poems, and Semar’s Cave, a prose travelogue on Indonesia. For two decades he has published criticism on contemporary art. His latest poetry collections are Southern Barbarians, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998–2012, and Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’, which has recently appeared in Portuguese and German-language editions.