Cocky’s Joy

Synopsis

Cocky's Joy is likely to be his breakthrough collection, the one which wins him a wider audience, and part of the reason for this lies in the use it makes of Australian history and popular culture. Farrell was born and raised in rural NSW and as its title suggests, many of the poems in this collection are rooted in the bush, which they present as a surreal wonderland, connected to the world in magical and often hilarious ways. There are love poems too, and gay riffs on such figures as the cowboy, the waiter and the 'romantic woman'. Farrell's experimentalism doesn't prevent him from offering really moving tributes, to parents and lovers, and scenes remembered from the past. In fact, it is precisely his eye for metaphor and the strange combination, for punning and word play, that gives his poetry its humour and energy. "Catherine/ designed pages for ads where tiny buffalo/ roamed a celery patch, leaving health warnings/ on the stalks. Why not just use ants? objected/ Heathcliff."
Michael Farrell
About the author

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell’s previous collections include living at the zode ode (shortlisted for the Age Poetry Book of the Year Award), BREAK ME OUCH, a raiders guide (published by Giramondo in 2008), thempark and thou sand. His second collection with Giramondo open sesame (2011) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry. He was the winner of the 2012 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.

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