Bella Li, Lost Lake
Following on from the groundbreaking Argosy, Li's second collection Lost Lake ups the ante, taking the reader and literature alike into new reaches and realms of the imagination. Lost Lake, which exhibits Li’s distinctive use of text and image, consists of eight extended sequences of poetry, collage and photography, on subjects ranging from Dante’s Inferno and Steve Reich’s Different Trains, to the tomb of Newton and the archives of artist and autodidact Joseph Cornell. Through the eight sequences of Lost Lake, geography and music, history and architecture, works of art and literature, encounter each other in striking and unexpected ways, generating new hybrid objects. Lost Lake disassembles boundaries and challenges expectations of what a work of literature can be—its alchemy blooms in the spaces between eras, genres and forms.
Bella Li is the author of Maps, Cargo (Vagabond Press, 2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017)—a book of poetry, photography and collage—commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. She is a managing co-editor at Five Islands Press, a co-editor of The Slow Canoe Press, and a co-curator at Photodust, as well as a recent guest editor of Cordite Poetry Review (Issue 55: Future Machines). Her poetry and artwork has been published in a range of journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems, and will be exhibited at the Triennial of the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017–18. Recent commissions include works for Cordite Poetry Review, Peril Magazine, ABR, NGV Magazine, Archives of American Art Journal (USA), The Kenyon Review (USA) and Red Room Company. She has taught workshops on poetry and visual art for Writers Victoria and Express Media, and has tutored literature and creative writing subjects at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.
Release date: TBA
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.