Michael Farrell‘s latest book is Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo). He has a comics poetry book, BREAK ME OUCH (3 Deep); and co-wrote Waste the Alphabet with Dick Diver. His scholarly book Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945 is out later this year from Palgrave.
The work of Australian poet Michael Farrell is often funny, playful and visual. His comics poetry book BREAK ME OUCH featured poorly drawn figures that captured the beautiful humility of life and his readings of the poems performed the drawings, his arms gesturing toward a crooked crown, an unexpected shower, a Margret Preston woodcut, a TV antenna.When developing content for the first edition of the West Space Journal, Peter Tyndall gave us the idea to include a ‘rebus’—a pictographic language game. We decided that with each issue we would ask an artist to create a new rebus as a recurring feature. Last issue A Constructed World gave us a collection of eels that appear at different times of day. For WSJ4, Michael Farrell takes takes ASCII drawings out of the classroom and into the world, where cats and rats just want to avoid a downpour.
Catch the bus or you’ll get wet.