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Chris Edwards, Nicked

Chris Edwards’ second chapbook, Nicked (2006) is a cabinet of curios offering a sampling of poems in verse and prose, most of them built around (mis)quotations from what the author calls “sources”. Its centrepiece is a dramatic monologue, delivered by a dummy in a wax museum, on the subject of “immutable stabilities”. Topics addressed elsewhere include theft, property rights, refugees, interstellar voyaging, conspiracy theories, global warming, internet dating, the “human body” and its health care systems, the Heinz dynasty, parallel worlds, and a “trip to the grand hotel”.

“However much Edwards avoids the traditional role of the poet, he doesn’t really do away with being referential, with a sense of the real world. Instead, he uncovers its utter strangeness … ”  (David McCooey, Australian Book Review)

Chris Edwards lives in Sydney, Australia, where he works as a freelance editor, typographer and graphic designer.

Rare Object Number 46.
20 pages. Published 2006.
Cover image by Kay Orchison.

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