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Alarming Conservatory, The

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  • Alarming Conservatory, The 
    Title: Alarming Conservatory, The
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/02/2018
    Price: $24.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Acclaimed poet Corey Wakeling’s second
    collection continues his inquiry into language and the spatial architectures of
    history and culture. Set among 20th century ruins, the poems are
    cast as if hallucinations: colonial-style houses are ‘guarded by palm trees’, Royal
    Park ‘detains two immoveable statues’ while the ‘Wheel of Fortune dizzies’. The
    poems range throughout Melbourne and Western Australia, where the poet has
    lived, and further afield too. Strong in its deployment of baroque imagery and
    modernist citation, The Alarming Conservatory
    uniquely captures the fear and pace of our contemporary condition.

    ‘Wakeling revels in the high gruesome of
    syntax – the Edward Gorey sheen of camp creepiness. I applaud his book’s
    energy, social satire, its forays into kitsch and pop.’ – Kevin Killian

    ‘One of Australia’s most daring and baroque
    writers, Corey Wakeling’s ear for the nuances and transformative power of
    language is truly remarkable. From the first poem in The Alarming Conservatory, Wakeling’s work unsettles the way we
    live and how we dwell in the everyday.’ ­– Ann Vickery

    ISBN: 9781925336610
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