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Sydney Spleen

120 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2021
ISBN 9781925818758

Sydney Spleen

Toby Fitch

Sydney Spleen takes Charles Baudelaire’s concept of spleen as melancholy with no apparent cause, characterised by a disgust with everything – and combines it with a contemporary sense of irony so as to articulate the causes of our doom and gloom: corporate rapacity, climate change, disaster capitalism, the plague, neo-colonialism, fake news, fascism, and how to raise kids in a world fast becoming obsolete. The backdrop of this collection of poems is sparkling Sydney and its screens, through which the poet mainlines global angst. Fitch’s ‘spleen poems’, with their radical use of form and tone, are as much an aesthetic experience as a literary one – translation becomes homage becomes satire becomes song; essays become lyrics become rants become dreams. What is a poem when ‘no one believes in the future now anyway’? Nor is the collection lacking in humour. Sydney Spleen mocks everything in its crystal glass, yet still finds real moments of connection to celebrate.

About the Author

Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is a poet, critic, teacher and editor. His previous books of poetry include Rawshock, which won the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry; JerilderiesThe Bloomin’ Notions of Other & BeauILL LIT POPWhere Only the Sky had Hung Before; and Object Permanence: Selected Calligrammes.

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