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              Books by David Stavanger

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              Case Notes

              Case Notes (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stavanger, David

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              The highly anticipated follow up to the award-winning collection The Special, this electric new body of work by poet David Stavanger is a mix tape of free verse, lyric poetry, found text and flash fiction documenting lived mental health experience. Utilising his renowned observat...ional humour and playing with the absurdist nature of institutional language, Stavanger interrogates the unreliable narration of diagnosis: in private, in public and in surrealist spaces where it becomes increasingly unclear who is under the microscope. In short character studies, informal experiments and longer sequenced poems this collection unpacks toxic masculinity and fatherhood, online and domestic tensions, the truth of confessional poetry, myths of 'madness' inherited by blood, and the canine as both avatar and familiar of the black dog. This is a poetic memoir for those who don't believe the hype.
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              ISBN 9781760801199
              Published NZ 1 Feb 2020
              Publisher UWA Publishing
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word
                

              Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Stavanger, David; Te Whiu, Anne-Marie

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              A ground-breaking and original collection that showcases Australia and New Zealand's leading performance poets.

              ISBN 9780702262593
              Published NZ 6 Aug 2019
              Publisher University of Queensland Press
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              The Special
               

              The Special (Paperback)

              By Stavanger, David

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              Winner of the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Award. Both fun and playful, Stavanger's poems display wit and beguiling originality. They shift from the oddball to the vulnerable and from the zany to the deeply meditative. Stavanger's collection embodies a spirit of the post-post-modern in b...oth intellect and spark, while playing off cool disjunctions against electrifying erudition. There is a strong trace of the performative and dramatic in these poems - Stavanger's flair for performance poetry gives this award-winning collection a distinct and likeable flavour. PRAISE FOR DAVID STAVANGER 'Wry, original and startling - you can find yourself in a dark mad place at 4am and it's nice to know that Stavanger will be there to keep you company.' Anna Krien bestselling author of Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport and Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests 'The Special is really special. Haunted by lost time, lost love and lost minds, this book is like a wonderful distortion device: a life's gone into it and what roars back out at us from the poems is manic tenderness, crazy wisdom and a kind of surreal sincerity, all cranked up to eleven. I laughed out loud as often as I stopped to absorb the instructions in fearlessness and devotion that Stavanger was slipping me, almost without me noticing, and certainly without him noticing, which is just the sort of unworldliness you want in a real life twenty-first century sage.' Jacob Polley author of The Brink, Little Gods and The Havocs 'Perhaps the most striking feature of this collection is its capacity to surprise. Then, beyond that first sharp shock, a rippling outwards of a more reflective tenor. This brand of drama, freshness and originality make The Special a unique collection.' Thomas Shapcott Award judges' comments
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              ISBN 9780702253195
              Published NZ 15 Jul 2014
              Publisher University of Queensland Press
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series UQP Poetry Series
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