David McCooey's essay on Fay Zwicky, has appeared in a special issue of Westerly magazine dedicated to the memory of the Western Australian poet. The special issue, which is free, is edited by Dennis Haskell, and features work by John Kinsella, Lucy Dougan, and others. Click below to go to Westerly's site, where you can download the special issue.
David McCooey has named his 'best books' for 2017 in Australian Book Review's end-of-year feature. You can read David's contribution below. Click on the image to read the whole feature. Other contributors include Sarah Holland-Batt, Felicity Plunkett, and Gregory Day.
David's poem 'One Way or Another' appears in this year's Best Australian Poems anthology, edited by Sarah Holland-Batt. David's work has appeared in the series for ten out of the last eleven years. Click below for more details about The Best Australian Poems 2017.
David McCooey's album The Double received a glowing review by Amanda Nordqvist on Piano & Coffee Co's blog. Click below to read the full review.
David McCooey has written on Kate Bush's classic 1985 album, Hounds of Love, for the new 'Favourite Albums' series in The Conversation. Click below to read the article.
The internationally renowned poet John Kinsella has written a poem-response for my new album, The Double. Click below to read the poem.
David McCooey and Emma Hayes have an essay on 'The Liminal Poetics of The Wind in the Willows' in the latest issue of the scholarly journal, Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press).
David McCooey has a piece in The Conversation on Bob Dylan's eccentric Nobel acceptance speech. Click below to read the essay.
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.