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  •  Joao
    Title: Joao
    Author: MATEER JOHN
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/03/2018
    Price: $19.95
    Publishing status: Active

    New collection from award-winning poet John Mateer

    In a sequence of 64 sonnets, John Mateer
    describes the encounters of an alter-ego, João, as he travels across the globe,
    attending festivals and readings, meeting with friends, lovers, and often-famous
    fellow authors. Questioning identity, melancholy in disposition, troubled
    by dreams and memories, João is also an innocent, and given to moments of
    illumination and joy.

    Mateer is both ironic and affectionate in his treatment
    of this picaresque figure, creating through his sonnet sequence a narrative
    which is new in Australian writing, the worldwide adventures of the poet as anti-hero, one who, despite his disappointments, still believes in the power of literature
    to create a sense of belonging, and to invoke ‘the deep mandala of meeting and

    Mateer is a poet with a peripatetic sense of self who is fascinated by
    cross-cultural historical currents and transformations…his poems frequently
    register how history and its associated human ambitions and cruelties taint or
    inflect much that we know.’ — Sydney
    Review of Books

    ISBN: 9781925336627
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