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(December 25, 2015) Antigone. Poem by Jack Ross. Design by Bronwyn Lloyd. Pania Singles 3. Auckland: Pania Press, 2015.

Every Christmas Bronwyn makes a special edition of one of Jack's poems or stories. This year she picked the poem "Antigone." If you're not familiar with Greek mythology, Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. The poor woman attempted to secure a respectable burial for her brother and the King punished her by entombing her alive.

The poem references the story obliquely by talking about a visit to a former colonial prison in Tasmania and his experience in one of the tiny cells. You can find it below. It's best to read across the columns - first the left one, then the right.

You can find further details about the project here, at Mosehouse Studio, and there are further bibliographical details at Works & Days.


Tomb, bridal-chamber, eternal prison in the caverned rock, whither go to find mine own? – R. C. Jebb

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