Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 1, No 1, September 2011

This issue explores some of the ways in which we understand, speak about and theorise ‘intimacy’. Poetry is from Owen Bullock, Maggie Butt, Shevaun Cooley, Susan Fealy, Lisa Gorton, Philip Gross, Kerry Hardie, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jean Kent, Ian C Smith and Elizabeth Smither. There are photographs from Greg Battye. Philip Gross and Lucy Dougan are interviewed by Jen Webb and Paul Hetherington respectively. Jen Webb and Andrew Melrose write about Icarus, intimacy and the post-9/11 world. Antonia Pont connects intimacy, making and ways of thinking. Francesca Rendle-Short considers her mother and a last recipe. Kevin Brophy ponders the writer’s responsibility as witness. John Ryan explores ways of expressing his aestheticised intimacy with place and landscape. Brenda Cooper writes entertainingly of the poetics and politics of nonsense. Chris Wallace-Crabbe reflects on ways of thinking in poetry.