WRITING THE GHOST TRAIN: REWRITING, REMAKING, REDISCOVERING 2015 AAWP Conference proceedings now live:
My peer reviewed/blind refereed poem A Greener Pasture can be read here:
Abstract: A 2,600 word prose poem written using two Oulipo constraints: Homophony (deriving a new text from a pre-existing text by imitating its sound) and homosemantic translation (a translation in which the vocabulary of the source text is changed while its sense is kept). I have combined both of these devices, recasting it as homosemantic emulation or HoEm. The poem Greener Pastures emulates Eliot’s The Waste Land (the original facsimile, before Pound’s infamous redactions), revisioning the poem in contemporary Brisbane City. This experimental work transcends the modernist sensibilities of Eliot (hence ‘Greener Pasture’), not only with a ‘postmodernist’ eye, but with conscious effort to create new posthumanist metaphor. The Waste Land gave us a fractured man gathering up his redacted mannequin limbs among the debris of his ideas about himself in the new industrialised world of the early 20th century. Greener Pastures examines the future of this man in the now of our world, the age of artificial intelligence, drones, theocratic death cults, charismatic techno-magicians, corporate devils and discount chain novelists. The result is a prose poem consisting of five fictitious episodes or ‘days’ in the life of a man perpetually haunted by Coleridge’s Porlock (21st C. alienation, postmodern darkness, sentiments of disenfranchised Australians of European descent i.e., longing for the greener pastures on the other side of the ocean fences).
The Writing the Ghost Train: Rewrriting, Remaking, Rediscovering Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 20th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2015, Melbourne AUS
ISBN 978-0-9807573-9-2 (copyright 2015)