Release date: 3rd February 2024
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“A wry, dazzling mind-bender. Read immediately.”
“The nymph Ekhō, cursed by the gods and devastated by loss, dissipates into fragments of the voices of others. Now, here, in the reverberating chamber of a hellish present of “password fatigue” and “feeble superannuation”, Ekhō returns to repeat all that she could not speak before. In this “affair of tongue” — which is also a dialogue of mountains — Roslyn Orlando brilliantly gives a voice to the very personification of no-voice.”
About the Book:
Ekhō is a poem in three parts. Through poetic narrative, this work considers the ‘echo’ as a social and historical phenomenon. From Echo, the nymph of Greek mythology whose voice was stolen by the gods, through to the advent of the Amazon Echo smart speaker, the echo has been described as a condition of voicelessness, unfulfilled desire, loss and entrapment. These poems reconsider echoing as a poetic practice, and as an orienting device that tunes the world into itself.
About the Author:
Roslyn Orlando is an artist, writer and gardener based in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country. Her writing and artistic works explore relationships between language, history and technology. She studied Journalism at the University of Sydney, and Arts Politics at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Cover artwork: Damien Laing, Plenty Highway, 2022