reading revival: a poetry book blog

reading revival is devoted to promoting australian poetry books and related discussion through reading one book - firstly, duty by geraldine mckenzie. i will choose a new book roughly every 3 months

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

duty is the title of duty. there are various duties approached - fulfilled - here. there is the duty of writing about what you see / hear / know to be true. the duty to language - to respect it - by not using it complacently (& thereby being used by it). the duty - the tax - on us as human beings - on mckenzie as a writer, a poet, a western citizen & the implications & responsibilities that brings up - a tax on the gift of poetry - a tax on the priveleged - a tax on the war mongers .. (a tax enacted by mckenzie as well as paid). duty as anachronism. duty (the book) as an elegy to duty (the concept, the ethical practice) - or blueprint for a future duty.


At 12:23 PM, Blogger Fiona Dawes said...

Hi, I went into the co-op bookshop to see if my copy had come in, the shop assistant, or clerk, asked for my name. When he had the record up he said 'duty', with some resonance; like of course, this is something we should all be reading. 'A few more days', I could call at any time to see if the book has come in, he gave me a card...

At 4:19 AM, Blogger michaelf said...

a nice pithy anecdote fiona. everday stories such as these have a lot of resonance for me. theres an element of envy & desire too.


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