A Raiders Guide

Michael Farrell



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


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-36-5
pp : 96pp
Published : April 2008

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About the Author

Michael Farrell’s previous collections include living at the z, ode ode (shortlisted for the Age Poetry Book of the Year Award), BREAK ME OUCH, a raiders guide (published by Giramondo in 2008), thempark and thou sand. His second collection with Giramondo open sesame (2011) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry. I Love Poetry won the 2018 Queensland Literary Award for Poetry and was commended in the 2018 Wesley Michel Wright Prize. He was the winner of the 2012 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.


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