Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, by Olivia Macassey

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, by Olivia Macassey (Fiction)
 “The phrases range from details of an inner city Auckland skyline to desire to colloquialisms to the mechanics of sex, through to continental theory to myth to the perils of gendered embodiment and back to love, to wanting, missing, fullness and the mysteries of attachment. Everything is allowed in, and is kept under exquisite control. In this poetry, giving oneself over to the affect of the unknown is the key to love; the shape of the self can be seen through attention to luck’s accuracy.” Stephanie Christie, Brief 35, 2007

“Her poetry is deeply lyrical in a manner that’s not specifically tied to the printed page and which belongs to the spoken word as much as it does to its visual representation . . . Best of all, though, is the totality of the experience Macassey’s poetry offers—the complex variety and subtlety of aesthetic flavours and the sensations it allows readers to share with her.” Alistair Paterson, Poetry NZ 29, 2004.

“In rich and beautifully chosen words, Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction offers a disquieted world of shadow, an intermediate state where reality is where you find it, not where you might feel entitled to find it.” Brenda Allen, Takahē 56, 2005.

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