‘Australian Poetry Journal’, Volume 9.2 – ‘DIS─’, features new works by more than 60 poets and visual artists, with poetry guest-edited by well-known poets and advocates for writers with self-identified disability/ies, Andy Jackson and Jennifer Harrison. They have curated close to 100 pages of unique poetry and poetic visual texts, dedicated to poetry provoked by their powerful call-out, which included this:
Around one in five of us are disabled, but what about the poems? Maybe, on one level, poetry has always been disabled – the limping pentameter; the disrupted, fragmented speech; the unsettling shapes they make on the page and in the ear. But it also seems that disability has been under-represented, and still holds the unfulfilled promise to expand and renew what poetry can do.
Designer: Stuart Geddes
Publisher: Jacinta Le Plastrier
Cover artwork: punctuation drawn from a 9.1 poem, created by Stuart Geddes.
Published with the support of Australia Council for the Arts Projects Grant 2019, and with organisational core funding from Creative Victoria. Cultural Fund funding will also support any festival presentations of the Journal poems post publication.
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