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Mount Sumptuous

Aidan Coleman

Mount Sumptuous
'This is an outstanding volume of poetry. It is wonderfully original and deliciously complex. Its intellectual pirouettes and cutbacks are a pleasure to follow, always offering an incredibly agile and aesthetically stimulating journey. With brio and wit, Coleman's poems jag through various allusions, from computer games to Shakespeare, from reality TV to Blue Light Discos. In lesser hands such a dizzying array of references could lead to a kind of vertigo or even a sense of self-indulgent over-referencing. Yet Coleman's omnivorous poems handle disparate elements superbly, holding an openness in tension with their erudite clarity.' - Lachlan Brown

'These poems of great architectural skill and precision are small houses (nothing in excess) of scrutiny - what is watched on the television, what is read in print and on the screen, is analysed in the context of "responsibility". Wry, aphoristic, compiled brick by brick, expression by expression, each poem accords with and flouts the regulations at once - that is, this immaculate crafter of the poem also questions the propaganda of prosody and poetics. Smart, learned, and ironic, the work leads us through the artifice of art and aesthetics, confronting our cultural certainties and pre-judgements. Satire with compassion, wit with deep insight. His is a unique voice.' - John Kinsella

Aidan Coleman has worked as a teacher, lecturer and speechwriter, and is the co-author of a series of Shakespeare textbooks. His first poetry collection, Avenues and Runways, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize and his second, Asymmetry, was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. He is a Member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743056646
Extent 72 pages
Price: AU$19.95 including GST
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