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Hi, my name’s Philip Hammial and I’m going to read a poem from my new poetry collection Detroit, published by Island Press Cooperative in 2012. Dedicated to Alan Sisley the director of Orange Regional Gallery, the poem is called “AND FURTHERMORE”.
for Alan Sisley
since there aren’t any postcards in this hospital
I can’t send my friends pictures of:
my swollen testicle (left),
my infected bladder,
my mild heart attack.
Red alert: another nurse coming to collect
more unmentionables such as:
Yesterday afternoon Alan stopped by
for a chat about art, in my case:
the art of gritting your teeth when you piss
(because it burns),
the art of squeezing out one small marble
(because I’m constipated),
the art of not vomiting after eating
(because I’m nauseous)
and, by the way, before I forget, there’s the matter
of my art show at Orange Regional, titles & prices
to sort out, etc. It’s a survey show not,
as I keep saying, a retrospective. Apparently
a retrospective is what you have after you’re dead
which, in moments of self-pity, I feel
I might soon be. Anyway,
survey or retro, the head doctor assures me
that I can go to my opening
in a wheelchair, a thin grey ghost
packed to the gills with excrement.
ABOUT PHILIP HAMMIAL:
Born in Detroit in 1937, Philip Hammial migrated to Australia in 1972. To date he has published twenty-three collections of poetry (with two more in the pipeline), two of which were short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and one for the ACT Poetry Prize. Hammial has represented Australia at six major international poetry festivals and for six months in 2009/2010 was the Australian writer-in-residence at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. He has also published in 87 journals in nine countries, has been the Editor/publisher of Island Press Co-operative since 1979 which has published 58 titles. As well as being a poet he is a sculptor who has had thirty solo exhibitions and participated in over seventy group exhibitions including two in Paris. He is the director of the Australian Collection of Outsider Art which has had 26 exhibitions in five countries.
“Between 1996 and 2002 I attended many Varuna open days and read my poetry at six or seven events. In 1998 I was instrumental in bringing Tanikawa Shuntaro, Japan’s most celebrated poet, to Varuna for a weekend stay. In 2011 I co-ordinated the World Poetry Movement reading at Varuna.” Philip Hammial
Selected Poems, Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, forthcoming, 2013
The Beast Should Comply, Flying Island, Macau, forthcoming 2012
Detroit, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 2012
Drink from the Animal, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 2010
Skin Theory, Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, 2009
Wig Hat On, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW 2009
Juggernaut, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 2007
25 poetes australiens, editor, Ecrits des Forges/Le Temps des Cerises, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec/Paris, 2006
Sugar Hits, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 2006
Voodoo Realities, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 2005
Swan Song, Picaro Press, Warners Bay NSW, 2005
In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford, NSW, 2003
Auto One, Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2000
Bread, Black Pepper, Melbourne, 2000
Black Market (in The Wild Life), Penguin, Melbourne, 1996
Just Desserts, Island Press Co-operative, Woodford NSW, 1995
With One Skin Less, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1994
Travel/Writing (with Ania Walwicz), Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1989
Outsider Art in Australia (co-editor), Aspect, Sydney, 1989
Pell Mell, Black Lightning Press, Wentworth Falls NSW, 1988
Vehicles (with Anthony Mannix), Island Press, Sydney, 1985
Squeeze, Island Press, Sydney, 1965
Swarm, Island Press, Sydney, 1979
More Bath, Less Water, Red Press, Sydney, 1978
Hear Me Eating, Makar Press, Brisbane, 1977
Mastication Poems, The Saturday Centre, Sydney, 1977
Chemical Cart, Island Press, Sydney, 1977
Footfalls & Notes, The Saturday Centre, Sydney, 1976
AU/UA: Contemporary Poetry of Ukraine and Australia, 2011
The Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems, 2011
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, 2009
The Best Australian Poetry 2009
The Best Australian poetry 2008
Australian Poets Today: La traductiere, No 26 2008
25 poetes australiens, 2006
Light on Don Bank, 2006
The Best Australian Poetry 2006
The Best Australian Poetry 2005
The Best Australian Poetry 2003
Said the Rat! 2003
The Argument from Desire: The1999 Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology
The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, 1991
The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse,
The New Australian Poetry, 1979
Poet’s Choice 1976-1979
The Best of the Ear in a Wheatfield, 1973-1976
“Outsider Art in Australia”(co-editor), Aspect, Sydney, 1989.
“25 poetes australiens” (editor), Ecrits des Forges, Quebec, 2006.
Magazine & Newspaper publications:
Australia: Ars Poetica, Aspect, Blue Dog, Carapace, Centoria, Compass, Contempa, Cordite, Dharma, Ear in a Wheatfield, Etymspheres, Famous Reporter, Five Bells, Fling, H/EAR, Heart, Helix, Homebrew, Hobo, Imago, Jossour, LiNQ, Magic Sam, Makar, Mattoid, Meanjin, Meuse, Micropress Oz, New England Review, Otis Rush, Overland, P-76, papertiger (CD Rom), Phoenix Review, Ploughman’s Lunch, Poetry Australia, Poetry Monash, Post Migration, Razor, Redoubt, Scarp, SideWaLK, Siglo, Small Packages, Southern Review, Southerly, Spindrift, Surfer’s Paradise, Syllable, The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The New England Review, The Saturday Centre of Prose & Poetry, Thylazine, Ulitarra, Westerly, Wet Ink, Your Friendly Fascist.
Czech Republic: Babylon, Prague Literary Review.
France: Empreint, La Revue Commune, La Traductiere, SUD.
Japan: Kyoto Journal.
Mexico: Excelsior (Arena Literary Supplement).
New Zealand: Poetry NZ.
South Africa: Carapace, Green Dragon.
United States: Amaranth, American Weave, Artful Dodge, Co-Lingua, Down Here, Formes Poetiques Contemporaines Vol.7; M.O.O.N. Magazine, Nexus, NRG, Snowy Egret, The Antioch Review, The Minnesota Review, The North American Review, The Wooden Head Review, The Wormwood Review, Trace, Unlikely Stories.
John Hawke reviews In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children in Jacket
Adam Aitken reviews In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter’s Children in Cordite
Martin Duwell reviews Sugar Hits in Jacket
Pam Brown ‘engages’ with Voodoo Realities in Galatea Resurrects
Three poems by Hammial in Jacket
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