Author Archive

Omar Musa 2014 Here Come the Dogs (Penguin)

Dreamy Jimmy keeps pace with a rescued greyhound, becomes the ‘lithe body of a river’, enters the ‘golden lights’ of a grotto, raps out his life with Run DMC (285). The wisdom of Gabe. People can change if ‘life lets them’ (267).

Rosi Braidotti 2013 The Posthuman (Polity Press)

Humans getting over themselves, entering the flow that was always-already there. Wandering and wondering with all the other nomads. Forget human norms, all that ‘normality, normalcy, and normativity’ (26). Death embraced for its ‘radical immanence’ (136). Time now for ‘transformative becoming’ (165).

Mama Alto 2017 Sixth Annual Mama Alto Holiday Special (Hares and Hyenas)

Aired superlatives accurate, much deserved excellent critique. The generosity of this night, warm welcomes to guest singers, harmonies of open hearts, enraptured guests in crowded seats and the fashionably late lining the walls in this room with a view.  Rain pouring blessings.

Dominique Hecq 2017 Hush: A Fugue (UWAP)

Precise muscled writing, a tearing arc of pain that gathers in my own. Emotion, perfectly wrought. This symphony of long-held grief for the departure of loved ones is a reminder, jagged as a hacksaw, that those embedded in my heart never leave.

Louise Eldrich 2016 LaRose (Harpers Collins)

A reader buddy called it an epic as a slur. To my reading, this book is epic in the modern sense, despite its spirit of respect for the elders. Heads roll, guns fire, love conquers, vengeance is had and life goes on.

Soul-a-Go-Go 2017 (Nightcat)

How long since I’ve been in the cat? A go-going again. Let the flood lights of the union freeze the man ignoring Mayday. Here, darkness, pressed metal grunge. Fulton Street  funked it up. Soul driven had me riven to the dance floor.

MCM Chamber Choir 2017 Petite Messe Solennelle (Melba Hall)

Priceless. A gift. Cinema comfort seats, deco décor, thirty beautiful voices in splendour. A smoky grey floor length gown with shawl, two valour jackets, one emerald, one crimson. And then they opened their mouths like young birds and sang like old souls.

Cathy’s Whip and Heathcliff’s Snarl: Control, Violence, Care and Rights in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights 2017 (a critical essay)

At many points in Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë questions the inequity between humans and other animals, both by linking physical cruelty to other forms of oppression, and by depicting such oppressions as unacceptable, be they enacted against humans or nonhumans. In …    

Citizen Snake 2017 ( a lyrical essay)

This essay is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen my material affinity with snakes. By working through my all-too-human physical engagement with these creatures, turning to literature to re-imagine the ways that I see the snakes in my life, I aim…  

Lucy and the Night Sky 2017 Album Launch (Courthouse Theatre, Geelong)

Baby grand piano one of the dreams in this night of beauty. Invictus one of many highlights. Chopin’s death march with dirty guitar. Waiting for next album’s eerie protest anthem, voicing the unease of Australian living. ‘Don’t let the red dust settle.’