Issue 2: Creative Judgment

Axon: Creative Explorations, Vol 1, No 2, March 2012

This issue explores creative, aesthetic, linguistic and ethical judgments. Elizabeth Webby discusses judgments that informed the development of the online Australian Poetry Library; Rachel Robertson explores the challenges she faced in writing a memoir focused on her son, and is also interviewed by Paul Hetherington; Stephanie Green considers deflection as a narrative tactic for memoir writing, relating this to her fictional work 'Antidote', also published in the issue; and Linda Devereux examines memoir writing, transcultural childhood experiences, trauma and associated ethical questions. Elisabeth Hanscombe reflects on connections between letter writing, family trauma and Nietszche; Catherine Vandermark connects the legacy of the Griffins with the Australian landscape and two different lakes; Vanessa Harbour writes of issues informing the composition of young adult fiction; and Sacha Gibbons links violence, interpretation and writing. David McCooey discusses sounded poetry and its various interrelationships; Stephen Muecke explores the complexities involved in creative judgments and multiple realities; while Sandra Burr scrutinises how issues of judgment inform a variety of everyday matters. There are photographic portfolios by Judith Crispin and Hannah Byrnand and poetry by Judith Crispin, Brook Emery, Diane Fahey, Marissa Johnpillai, Judy Johnson, Paul Kane, Cameron Lowe, John Mateer, Patricia McCarthy, David McCooey (sonic poems), Antonia Pont, Robyn Rowland, Michael Sciarretta, Alex Skovron and Georgina Wyatt.

Creative Decisions

Georgina Wyatt
Poetry by Georgina Wyatt
Fiction by Stephanie Green

About creative processes and judgments ...

Essay by Vanessa Harbour
Judith Crispin
Poetry by Judith Crispin

Constructing the Australian Poetry Library website involved many creative judgments.

Essay by Elizabeth Webby

This discussion explores deflection as a narrative tactic for memoir writing.

Essay by Stephanie Green

The passage of Cyclone Bingiza is a pretext for reflection on practices of judgment.

Essay by Stephen Muecke
Michael Sciarretta
Poetry by Michael Sciarretta

Judgments about Language

Alex Skovron
Poetry by Alex Skovron

This essay proposes the term ‘poetry soundtrack’ for a form of sounded poetry that David McCooey has been practising for some years.

Essay by David McCooey
Accompanying the essay 'Fear of music: Sounded poetry and the "poetry soundtrack"'
Poetry by David McCooey
Antonia Pont
Poetry by Antonia Pont
Brook Emery
Poetry by Brook Emery

This essay explores personal letter writing with reference to autobiographical theory, memory and trauma.

Essay by Elisabeth Hanscombe

Our capacity for violence against texts is significant for understanding critical and creative judgment.

Essay by Sacha Gibbons
Memory, missionaries, and making meaning from an African childhood in a postcolonial world

Writing memoir can create self-understanding. However ...

Essay by Linda Devereux
Robyn Rowland
Poetry by Robyn Rowland
Cameron Lowe
Poetry by Cameron Lowe

Other Kinds of Judgment

The pressure for commercially published memoirs to offer a tragedy-to-triumph redemptive arc is exacerbated when the memoir is about disability. This paper explores how Rachel Robertson responded to this expectation in writing her own memoir.

Essay by Rachel Robertson
Judy Johnson
Poetry by Judy Johnson

An interview with Rachel Robertson about her new memoir.

Interview by Rachel Robertson with Paul Hetherington
Essay by Sandra Burr
Images by Judith Crispin
Patricia McCarthy
Poetry by Patricia McCarthy
Marissa Johnpillai
Poetry by Marissa Johnpillai
Diane Fahey
Poetry by Diane Fahey
Essay by Catherine Vandermark
Images by Hannah Byrnand