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Thursday's fictions

by Richard James Allen

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Quotes from Leading Academics   (2012-02-12)


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“[Thursday’s Fictions’] big moral/metaphysical ‘week’ is a true achievement...what I admire is the stamina, the clarity of soul, the willingness to ask hard questions.  This is the kind of poetry Alec Hope was (or should have been) looking for when he lamented the decline of the ‘discursive mode’.  It’s utterly different, I’m glad to say, from all those little OZ poems about a sensitive bloke walking out one morning and seeing the light shimmer on farmyard dams.”

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, University of Melbourne


“What is most immediately remarkable about the book is its stylistic range: Allen employs a variety of formal models, including stream-of-consciousness soliloquy, dramatic dialogue, as well as free verse and prose-poetry, with equal assurance and sophistication.”

John Hawke, University of Wollongong


“[The Way Out At Last Cycle] could become the greatest symbolist poem in Australian literature.”                                              

David Gilbey, Charles Sturt University





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