Ends on January 31, 2018

Many scholars and creative practitioners have tested out the boundaries between writing and drawing, text and image, abstract thought and material actuality, finding instances where those apparently divided by form have found ways to converse, or even to cohabit. Wallace Stevens, for instance, urges poets (and other artists) to aim for: “Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself” (1983: 565). Francis Ponge uses abstract language to remind us about the thingliness of things, saying: “there is in the orange a yearning to recover its content after having been subjected to the ordeal of squeezing” (1972: 36–37). Stevens, the poet of ideas, and Ponge, the poet of things, both prompt us to construct bridges capable of traversing the boundaries between word and object, ideas about the thing and the thing itself.

We are interested in receiving papers, photo essays, interviews, and creative works that address both the breach, and the connections, between text and image: between the material and the poetic. We are interested too in submissions that consider how material poetics might go beyond mere quotidian meaning to achieve a deepened, kinaesthetic experience of the world, one that brings into the poetic present the worlds of objects and emotions. 

We invite writers, artists, philosophers and fellow travelers to submit papers (visual, verbal, or both; poetical, theoretical, or both) that explore, examine and elucidate the concept of materiality. 

Relevant dates:

  • 24 December 2017: Papers submitted for peer review process
  • 28 February 2018: Peer review reports returned to contributors
  • 31 May 2018: Final papers submitted to Axon for editing

How to submit:

  • Submit your work as docx or jpg; or contact jen.webb@canberra.edu.au with queries about other modes;
  • Works should be between 500 and 6,000 words; or up to 12 images (editors will select 8 to 10, in consultation with the author); 
  • Include an abstract (max 200 words); bio note (max 150 words); up to 5 keywords; and creative works should be accompanied by a 250-word artist/research statement that contextualises the submission. 
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