John Mateer



New collection by award-winning poet John Mateer.

In a sequence of 62 sonnets, John Mateer describes the encounters of an alter-ego, João, as he travels across the globe, attending festivals and readings, meeting with friends, lovers, and often-famous fellow authors. Uncertain in his identity, melancholy in disposition, troubled by dreams and memories, João is also an innocent, and given to moments of illumination and joy. Mateer is both ironic and affectionate in his treatment of this picaresque figure, creating through his sonnet sequence a narrative which is new in Australian writing, the worldwide adventures of the poet as comic hero, one who, despite his disappointments, still believes in the power of literature to create a sense of belonging, and to invoke ‘the deep mandala of meeting and friendship’.

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ISBN : 978-1-925336-62-7
Epdf ISBN : 978-1-925336-67-2
Epub ISBN : 978-1-925336-68-9
pp : 80
Published : March 2018

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About the Author

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. [Image by Daniel Terkl]