Questions Pam put up for discussion:
- How much does the concept of the new Aussie lyric have to do with formalism?
- How different is this new Aussie lyric from the earlier notion of lyric as an instrument of personal expression?
- Is the new Aussie lyric consciously engaged in thought and its processes in language?
- Is this re-emergence of the lyrical a trend against/an escape from recent movements and influences in poetry?
- Could the new lyrical engage with notions of authenticity (originality/faking), appropriation (copying) involving the persona of the poet?
Someone added an extra question backchannel which Pam placed upfront:
"I wondered if an extra question could be added (which you imply up front), about the gendering of this new eruption."
and Pam proposed a further question in the comments:
"I wonder why there is never any wit, anything funny or (dreaded term) humorous in the poems of other new lyricists?"
The debate has become somewhat sidetracked by discussions of prizes and awards (yours truly confesses to have been a part of that) but maybe the comments will again look at questions, questions, questions.