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Emily Stewart, Running Time

Winner of the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2021

A fine-tuned book-length assemblage of dispersed ‘cerebral offcuts’, virtuosically inventing ‘the shape of a mood’. Nimble and light, precise and seemingly casual: ‘following some line’ of ‘live consciousness’, ‘inner in outer’, ‘what’s around’. Amid doubt, shame, need and fear, there is courage and insouciance, the subtle pleasure of stretching meaning into a variety of imaginative spaces that open up the limits of conventional language and syntax. Condensed, sharp pops of resonant fragments create their own fresh textures and juxtapositions.

The Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2021 judges (Kate Lilley, Pam Brown and Melinda Bufton) praised Running Time as 'nimble and light, precise and seemingly casual ... Amid doubt, shame, need and fear, there is courage and insouciance, the subtle pleasure of stretching meaning into a variety of imaginative spaces that open up the limits of conventional language and syntax.'

Emily Stewart lives and works on Wangal land. She is the author of numerous chapbooks including Like (Bulky News Press) and The Internet Blue (First Draft). Her debut collection Knocks (Vagabond Press, 2016) won the inaugural Noel Rowe Poetry Award. Emily’s writing is frequently published in outlets including Running Dog, RealTime, Overland and The Saturday Paper. She was formerly the poetry editor at Giramondo Publishing and is currently completing a creative doctorate at the Writing and Society Research Centre.

Emily Stewart, Running Time
Forthcoming May 2022.

Author photo: Lucy Parakhina

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