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Ask Giramondo Publishing not to lose faith in contemporary, political poetry

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Ask Giramondo Publishing not to lose faith in contemporary, political poetry.

On the 26th of March, 2017, Giramondo Publishing emailed that their annual series of contemporary, political poetry by Griffin International Poetry Prize Shortlistee, Jennifer Maiden would no longer be published by them. In a launching speech on the same day for her current collection, The Metronome, the owner of Giramondo, Professor Ivor Indyk, described how he initially thought the series would be financially successful, but that this was not the case and could only be so in some better future, or some other country. Giramondo is subsidised by Western Sydney University and the Australian Government, so that it can publish work which is not immediately financially viable.

Quemar Press can continue to publish Maiden's contemporary work online at http://quemarpress.weebly.com/ but the immediate nature of the prestigious Giramondo print book publication was unique to Australian literature. The Metronome is only the second book in the series, as the previous book, Drones and Phantoms, which won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, was not part of the series.

Please ask Giramondo to maintain their courage, not lose faith in contemporary, political poetry, and its vital impact on contemporary culture, and to continue publishing the Maiden series.



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