Pamela Brown: "Arcadia"

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Pam Brown
By John Tranter on March 2011
Like her friend Laurie Duggan, poet Pam Brown is alert to the larger cultural contradictions behind many of our most ordinary moments, and these contradictions of course have a political dimension. In this tourist view of the Blue Mountains, she pays particular attention to the dahlia at the local art and craft show, not to write a greeting card verse about the beautiful flower, but to note how much more interesting the obsolescence of the milk-bottle container is. The last time I saw a milk bottle full of milk, I was just a kid. Tempus fugit. And that's just the dahlia: wait until you get to the Thai Chicken Pizza. That's bricolage, and the cook doesn't even know it! Arcadia? Just a classical allusion.