Michael Brennan’s first collection The Imageless World won the Mary Gilmore Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award; his second Unanimous Night won the William Baylebridge Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published September 2012 ISBN 9781920882891
Autoethnographic tunes into the feedback loops of liquid modernity and the strange loop of the self. With an anarchic openness to anxiety, dysfunction and the endless hunger for community, Brennan’s third collection offers hallucinatory jumpcuts from a dystopic near-present inhabited by casino capitalists, bonobo cultists, free market geneticists, grifters, lurkers and lovers going about their business in the aftermath of the freedom agenda. Interrogating the surreality of perpetual growth and the violent ellipses of democratic capitalism, his short narratives are jagged canticles to the beautiful monsters of language, love, friendship and family; field notes from a protean and kaleidoscopic world governed by speed and recurrence, the flows of desire and the architecture of fear; a disorientating and relentless mix of elegy, anti-poetry and post human punk.