Jake Goetz splices Southbank strolls with explorer diaries in this jump cut account of Maiwar’s millennia of history. The poem meanders, like the river itself, from headwaters near Kilcoy, bending, switching back on itself before eventually draining into Moreton Bay as the poet grapples with colonialism’s brutal annihilation to find his place in the River City in the 21st century. It’s an ambitious first collection that makes a significant contribution to Meanjin’s mythology.
— Liam Ferney
Jake Goetz grew up in the Sutherland Shire, but has also spent time in Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as living in Brisbane. He studied Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and completed his Honours at Griffith University. He is the editor of the small journal Marrickville Pause, and currently lives in Sydney’s Inner West.