RRP: 29.95 (inc. GST)
Pub. Date: September 2013
Modelled on classical epics such as Virgil's Aeneid and Pope's Dunciad, The Mundiad is a mock epic poem celebrating the conception and birth of little Mundia, her heroic escape from her parents, medical staff and hospital, and journey into the real world. A world of deranged superstars, climate-change deniers, rogue states, multimedia extravaganzas, political bullshit, creepy talkback demagogues, financial crises, child soldiers, happy idiots, genetic engineering, death camps, pornographers and more.
Erudite, witty and deeply weird, The Mundiad is a blistering parody of the contemporary world from one of Australia’s most unique literary imaginations.
‘A fabulously irreverent rant … Scholarly without being ponderous, beautifully elegiac about popular culture and witty to boot.’ — Pam Brown, Notes on Recent Australian Poetry
‘The Mundiad is an antidote to the poetry of sensibility. It’s a roiling, bilious reminder of how good poetry can be when its propelled by an angry dismay at the world’s myriad inadequacies … Justin delivers a good old-fashioned table thumping, sternum prodding, bouncer baiting rant.’ — Dr Chris McAuliffe
About the Author
Justin Clemens is the author of Villain and the novella Black River and, most recently, Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy. He writes extensively on contemporary Australian art and poetry, as well as on contemporary European philosophy. He teaches at the University of Melbourne.