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  • Empirical 
    Title: Empirical
    Author: GORTON LISA
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/06/2019
    Price: $24.00
    Publishing status: Active

    The third poetry collection by Lisa
    Gorton, one of a small number of Australian writers who have won major literary
    awards for both poetry and fiction.

    Lisa Gorton began writing Empirical when the Victorian Government
    of the time threatened to cut an eight-lane motorway through the heart of Royal
    Park in Melbourne. She walked repeatedly in the park, seeking to understand how
    the feeling for place originates, and how memory and landscape fold in and out
    of each other. The poems exploring this feeling for place are followed by a
    sequence which recreates the colonial history of Royal Park through the
    gathering of fragments from newspapers, maps and pictures, a different way of
    asserting its value, by demonstrating how a landscape can conceal the history
    of country beneath its layers of time. From this close-up study, in its second
    part the collection opens out into poems which meditate on ancient
    statues, Rimbaud’s imperial panoramas, the making of Coleridge’s poem ‘Kubla
    Khan’, the exhibition galleries of Crystal Palace — tracking, through chains of
    influence, and a phantasmagoric procession of images, the trade between empire,
    commodities and dreams of elsewhere. Empirical
    a deluxe promenade of thought, in which landscapes are mirrored and refracted in
    the contemporary Baroque style for which Gorton is renowned.

    Praise for Gorton's second poetry collection Hotel

    'A sustained and complex exploration of how outer and
    inner worlds connect, of how to approach and address what we see, of the shapes
    and disfigurements of memory, of the links between dream, hallucination,
    reality and being. [It is] replete with persistent, transformative
    crystallisations.' — Sydney Review of Books

    'In her poems, we see ­– briefly, behind
    us – cities; but her focus is on the human sphere; and, within its circle, the
    mind; and within that, art.' — Mascara Literary

    ISBN: 9781925818116
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