Reviews & Articles

Like many people, I have opinions. Sometimes I get the chance to share those opinions with other people using the futuristic medium of the internet. Thus are my thoughts on things like comics and poetry projected far and wide for others to experience. Because it always helps to know what other people think about the things that you like to read, right? Then read on!

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Articles

Below you’ll find a bunch of musings, explorations and hot takes that people have been nice enough to put on their websites.

Zoning Out (via Writers Bloc)
“My last piece was a faux-sonnet that stole half of its lines from a Bert and Ernie bit from Sesame Street and ended with a hand-drawn picture of a rhinoceros. He loved it.”

One Weird Reason to Quit Your Novel Today (via Writers Bloc)
“‘Novelist’ is what people assume you mean when you say ‘I’m a writer’. Not ‘poet’.”

Who’s Looking Out for Male Writers? (via Overland)
“When I first heard about this all-men anthology, I thought it was a joke.”

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Don’t Feel So Fine) (via Australian Author)
“It’s not surprising that climate change has resonance for Australian authors.”

How Bendy Bendigo Came to Be (via voxbendigo)
“The name ‘Abednego’ is an ancient Babylonian name, one of the names of the three men who, along with Daniel, were sentenced to be burned alive by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (the second)”

How to Scam a Readathon (and a Promise Not To) (via Just Read)
“I started out okay, but after reading a few books I got worried I wasn’t going to end up reading as much as I’d hoped, so I got a little creative with my record-keeping.”

My First Job (via Writers Bloc)
“One of the things to consider when looking around for a job that’s going to pay your bills to make up for the fact that your writing doesn’t…”

Poetry Reviews

The following are “official” reviews that I’ve written for actual journals and such. For “unofficial” book reviews, check out the “me and my opinions” tag on the blog part of this site.

Ada Limon: Bright Dead Things (via Bookslut)
“Limón’s poetry shares its stories and observations with a whispered honesty that commands attention. Her voice is as natural as a shared conversation, beguiling with a musicality that belies the weight of its revelations.”

Averil Curdy: Song And Error (via Bookslut)
“To her credit it doesn’t feel like Curdy is dabbling in fifty-cent words for their own sake. Their use is exact and sparing, just enough to give her writing an indicative tone that demonstrates her poetic leanings toward the classical.”

Thirty Australian Poets edited by Felicity Plunkett (via cordite)
“…if you’re happy with a slight caveat, Thirty Australian Poets (Who Mostly Write for the Page and Who Have Been Around Long Enough to Develop Both A Body of Work and The Networks to Get Said Body of Work Published) is a good and broad selection of contemporary Australian poets from within its openly established parameters.”

Fiona Wright: Knuckled (via cordite)
“This is a poetry charged with image and emotion that leaves enough unsaid to allow the reader their own responses, but which is detailed enough to be unambiguous.”

Alan Wearne: The Australian Popular Songbook (via cordite)
“It’s surprising, then, how hard it is to understand the poems in Alan Wearne’s latest collection…”

Joel Deane: Magisterium (via cordite)
“‘Apocalyptic’ is actually an apt way to describe this collection. Magisterium reads like a series of admonitions.”

Michael Farrell: Break Me Ouch (via cordite)
“I’ve been puzzled by Michael Farrell’s poetry for a long time.”

Dog Lovers’ Poems edited by Jeff Kennett (via cordite)
“There is little or no sense of structure here, no appreciation of the forms and capacities of poetry.”

Comic Reviews

The following are “print” reviews that I’ve had published – for some more comic-review-lovin’ you could also check out the “I’m on the radio!” and “comic reviews” tags on this blog.

The Deep: Here Be Dragons by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer (via Australian Comics Journal)
“Finally, a comic that sounded like it was going to tackle undersea adventure in a real and scientific way. Little did I know.”

Police Comics #1 by Jack Cole, Will Eisner and others (via popimage)
“Look back at 1941 and you’ll discover a time when comics were just for kids. As long as the kids were interested in poor drawing and inexplicable stories, that is.”

Same Difference and Other Stories by Derek Kim  (via popimage)
“…the depth of detail with which Kim invests every step in the journey makes every digression feel important and relevant…”

Eightball #23 – “The Death Ray!” by Dan Clowes (via popimage)
“…an eye-catching delight, a symphony of experimental techniques in terms of colour, dialogue, pacing and even panel composition.”

Trosper by Jim Woodring and Bill Frisell  (via popimage)
“Trosper plays happily with its ball until a hooded red creature kills Trosper’s guardian and Trosper is forced to run for its life…”

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1 by Otto Binder & Curt Swan (via popimage)
“The stories are as facile as one could hope for in a comic, with obligatory cliff-hangers and fatuous solutions.”

Mysterious Suspense #1 by Steve Ditko  (via popimage)
“As such, this is not so much a fast-moving action story as it is a dialogue- heavy morality play.”

Soundtrack by Jessica Abel (via popimage)
“Abel has a compassion for her characters and a good eye for detail that makes these ‘real life non-stories’ resonate in the mind of the reader.”

Skrull Kill Krew by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar & Steve Yeowell (via popimage)
“The premise of Skrull Kill Krew is a perfect example of the kind of idea-mining that Grant Morrison gets up to when he turns his attention to the comics produced by Marvel…”

2 comments on “Reviews & Articles
  1. rose says:

    hi there adam

    i stumbled across your blog following the links from your review of E.W.Cole: Chasing the Rainbow on goodreads, and thought i should shoot you a line to see if you want to join the mailing list for our irregular gazette … and also say, do feel free to request a copy of Madame Brussels: This Moral Pandemonium, which is due out in March, or Making Modern Melbourne (which came out at last year’s mwf) if you’d like to review more from Arcade …

    all the best with your own writing,
    rose

  2. Adam Ford says:

    Thanks, Rose. Glad you liked the review.

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I'm the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.
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