- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
By Ross Gibson
A new volume for our UWAP Poetry series, RedACT is 40 or so remixes or redactions of extant texts. Gibson draws on many poets alongside texts such as legal judgements, films, paintings, art installations and occasional skeins of strange prose found in bins. In each case he declares (in the title of the poem) what was the originating text or thing. In most cases the mutations are so extreme that the original thing no longer properly resides in the new thing.
Ross Gibson’s method is procedural...(his books) form a compositional design that he has described as ‘fractal’, allowing unfixed multiple views and patterns. The author’s practice of creative fragmentation, applied to the poems and short prose pieces in this new collection, eschews linearity and dull chronology. - Pam Brown, review of Stone Grown Cold. (Cordite)