Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gone: Satirical poems: New & Selected - Stephen Oliver

Gone: Satirical poems: New & Selected brings together a diverse range of metrical constructions including villanelles, sonnets, raunchy ballads and whimsical ballades. There is an invigorating, sardonic edge to Oliver’s poetic, driven by an often oblique and dark humour. The ballad, for instance, is a demotic form, but it takes a particular skill (one Oliver owns to a high degree) to write with the kind of verve that enlivens rhythms both comic and colloquial. Here we have tales of murder, drunkenness and debauchery. We live in the Age of the Anthropocene. Oliver deftly lampoons a world consumed by its own narcissistic concerns.

Stephen Oliver—Australasian poet and author (right) of 17 volumes of poetry. Travelled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. Lived in Australia for 20 years. Currently living in NZ. His long narrative poem, Intercolonial, published by Puriri Press, Auckland, NZ (2013). A transtasman epic.
He has published widely in international literary journals. Regular contributor of creative non-fiction and poems to Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. Poems translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. His poem cycle Deadly Pollen, Word Riot Press, USA, 2003, was recently translated in its entirety (Polen Mortal) by the Chilean poet, Sergio Badilla Castillo and first published in Nagari (Vol 7 2015). Represented in:  Writing To The Wire Anthology, edited by Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, University of Western Australia Publishing, 2016.
Gone: Satirical Poems: New & Selected: https://stephenoliverweb.wordpress.com/

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