Event — Thursday, January 25 @ 5:30pm
Launch: Andy Jackson's "Music Our Bodies Can't Hold"
Join Andy Jackson for the launch of “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” in Castlemaine.
The book will be launched by Terence Jaensch; host will be Ross Donlon – both esteemed local writers.
Andy Jackson is the author of “Among the Regulars” (2010) which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and “the thin bridge” (2014) which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland, and currently lives in Castlemaine.
Each of the poems in “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” is a portrait of someone with, or reputed to have had, Marfan Syndrome (which Andy also has). Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of Scots, Edith Sitwell, Niccolo Paganini, John Tavener, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Robert Johnson, among others.
Marfan troubles the boundaries between ‘disability’ and ‘extraordinary ability’, and illustrates the complex relationship between the individual body and the social world. These poems recognise the complexities of difference, bringing each person’s distinct voice into visceral and moving poetic forms.
“’Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ is a book of masks, thudding hearts, lovers, doctors, bodies and their question marks; speaking beyond places where ‘the only human forms/ are all the same’, Andy Jackson’s angular ventriloquisms are canny, fearless inventions.” – Dan Disney
“… astonishingly good.” – Christos Tsiolkas, The Age
“…a rare and important collection of poems… as generous as they are compelling.” – Pam Brown
“…Beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – this book is a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is…” – H