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A Raiders Guide

96 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published April 2008
ISBN 9781920882365

A Raiders Guide

Michael Farrell

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Michael Farrell’s new collection is ‘a raid on the inarticulate’, but not as T.S. Eliot intended – it liberates energies which exist within language, though they may not easily be spoken, or spoken about.

The poems are composed through the application of principles familiar from contemporary music – sampling and remixing, repetition and substitution, permutation and chance. This gives them a formal quality, so that one can think of them as concept-poems, songs for the page. At the same time the reader registers the pressure of feeling: wonderful lines and phrases emerge, expressions of tenderness or vulnerability.

Michael Farrell’s poetry gestures towards secret and codified significance while carrying an emotional intensity that will resonate with readers.

Farrell’s ear is as warm as an analog synthesiser.Aaron McCollough 

About the Author

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell’s previous collections published by Giramondo include a raiders guide (2008); open sesame (2011), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry; Cocky’s Joy (2015), shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry; and I Love Poetry, which won the 2018 Queensland Literary Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. His latest collection is Googlecholia (2022).

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