In recent months David McCooey has had work appear in three important anthologies of Australian poetry: Writing to the Wire, edited by Dan Disney & Kit Kelen; Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, edited by Bonny Cassidy & Jessica L. Wilkinson, and Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson, & David Musgrave.
This year's Geelong After Dark event on May 5th included 'Available Light', an audio-visual installation by Maria Vella and David McCooey.
Based on a poem by David McCooey, 'Available Light' concerns memory, vision, and representation. Ranging from the cosmic to the suburban, from day to night, the work is a lyrical meditation on how we occupy, and how we see, the world.
Maria Vella: concept, montage, videography, photography.
David McCooey: concept, music, text, voice, photography, montage (screen 2).
Additional 35mm photography by Wyndham McCooey.
David McCooey's essay on the postcolonial poetry of Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa has appeared in the new collection of essays published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Jahan Ramazani, The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry. The book is described by the publishers as 'the first collection of essays to explore postcolonial poetry through regional, historical, political, formal, textual, gender, and comparative approaches'. Click below for more information about the collection.
David McCooey's poem 'Animal Studies' is in the latest edition of Kenyon Review. The March/April edition is a special edition on Contemporary Australian Literature, edited by KR's international editor, John Kinsella. Click the image below for more details, including the preface to the issue by John Kinsella. Other writers in the issue include Maria Takolander, Kim Scott, Robert Drewe, Judith Beveridge, and Bella Li.
On 21 March 2017, World Poetry Day was again celebrated by the Geelong Regional Library Corporation with a reading by poets from the Geelong region who had appeared in The Best Australian Poems series (Black Inc). This year those poets were David McCooey, Maria Takolander, Cameron Lowe, Robyn Rowland, and A. Frances Johnson. The event was hosted by the Geelong poet, Brendan Ryan. (Below are photos of David McCooey, Robyn Rowland, and Brendan Ryan, by Maryanne Vagg.)
You can read David McCooey's review of John Kinsella's Graphology Poems in the latest issue of Australian Book Review. Click below.
David's latest collection of poems, Star Struck, is discussed in February's Reading List by John Kinsella in Poetry (Chicago). Other poets discussed by John are Susan Stewart, Paul Muldoon, and Kwame Dawes.
David McCooey's poem 'Pink Moon' has been published in The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry (2017), edited by John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan. The anthology includes work by Randolph Stow, Jack Davis, Dorothy Hewett, Fay Zwicky, and many others. Click below for more details.
Geoff Page has reviewed Star Struck in The Australian (14-15.01.17). Page describes Star Struck as 'disturbingly good and arguably [McCooey's] best so far', and concludes that 'Star Struck is contemporary Australian poetry at its engaging best'. You can read the whole review below.
David talks about Star Struck, pastoral poetry, and his own music on ABC Radio National's The Music Show with Andrew Ford.
Click below to read Amy Hilhorst's interview with David in Cordite Poetry Review.
David's poem 'Invisible Cities' appears in this year's Best Australian Poems anthology, edited by Sarah Holland-Batt. Click below for more details about The Best Australian Poems 2016.
Click below to read William Yeoman's excellent piece on David McCooey's Star Struck in the West Australian.
Click below to watch the video clip for 'Modern Nature' from David McCooey's forthcoming album, The Double.
David McCooey launched John Kinsella's extraordinary three-volume Graphology Poems at Readings Books in Melbourne, 25th October 2016. Click below to read the text of David's launch speech.
David talks about Dylan's Nobel in terms of ideas about literary value with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens on Radio National's The Minefield. Click below to listen.
The poet Cameron Lowe launched Star Struck by David McCooey at Paton books in Newton, Geelong on Sunday 16th October, 2016. Click below to read Cameron's terrific launch speech.
In the light of the announcement that Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, David McCooey has written an 'Explainer' piece for The Conversation on 'Are Bob Dylan's Songs "Literature"?' Click below to read.
David McCooey discussed Bob Dylan's Nobel win with Kerryn Goldsworthy and Andrew Ford on Radio National's The Music Show on Saturday 15th October. Click below to listen to the podcast.