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Live at Mr Jake's

Steve Brock

Live at Mr Jake's
Relaxed and laconic, Live at Mr Jake's riffs on a mix of highbrow and popular culture references. Accessible yet literary, this collection celebrates a diversity of voices from Australia and beyond. Spanning four continents, the poems are equally at home in the front bar as they are on the literary trail in Paris or San Francisco. Cool and understated, Brock surfs the cultural interstices of the Latin American influences on his life and work to create a poetic vision transpacific in scope.

Steve Brock published his first collection of poetry The Night is a Dying Dog (Wakefield Press) in 2007 and received a grant from Arts SA for the completion of Double Glaze, published by Five Islands Press in 2013. He is the co-translator with Sergio Holas and Juan Garrido-Salgado of Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche trilingual anthology (Interactive Press 2014). Steve completed a PhD in Australian literature at Flinders University in 2003. His work has featured in the Best Australian Poems (Black Inc.) and has been published in journals in Australia and overseas. His most recent collection is the chapbook Jardin du Luxembourg (Garron Publishing, 2016). Steve was a featured writer at Adelaide Writers' Week in 2017.

Praise for Live at Mr Jake's

'Live at Mr Jake's is immediately engaging and unpretentiously breezy. But don't let that fool you. What seems simple never is. Steve Brock shows us that the everyday is where the important things happen, at home, in the office, on the street. His poems are shifty in the very best sense, they wander all round the world and into places where irony meets sincerity, upheaval meets grace, reading jostles against misreading. And it's there that the magic happens.' - Jill Jones

'Sparse, elegant, moving, funny, Brock's poetry demonstrates how much can be achieved when poetry is clear, direct and looks out at the world with empathy and sincerity. Live at Mr Jake's is a superb gathering of observations and encounters, an engaging collection of finely-crafted snapshots.' - Peter Boyle
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743057100
Extent 104 pages
Price: AU$19.95 including GST
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