John Mateer 




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John Mateer 

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* 01.01.1971, Johannesburg, África do Sul
vive em: Perth, Austrália

John Mateer was born in Johannesburg. He spent his childhood in South Africa and Canada, and shortly before being conscripted moved with his parents and sisters to Australia. He travels frequently, often to Asia and


When asked whether he feels he is Australian or South African, he usually

falls silent.

The novelist JM Coetzee, writing on his South African poems, states:

“Written from the rim of the far-flung South African diaspora, these poems

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by Mateer roll back the tide of forgetting, giving us one glimpse after

another of a beloved homeland.” While the Australian critic Martin Harrison

has suggested that Mateer “is a poet who speaks towards the centre of

Australian culture.” And the Portuguese poet Manuel de Freitas, in a

review of the booklet The Travels/Viagens, sees that in the poems there

“is an “I” rightfully translated into the language, itself nomadic, of Camões,

Pessanha or Gil de Carvalho…”

Mateer’s poems have appeared in books in Australia, the UK and Austria,

and in ephemeral booklets in some of the places about which he has

written: South Africa, Australia, Japan, Sumatra, Macau and Portugal.

His most recent publications are The West: Australian Poems 1989-2009

(Fremantle Press), The Azanians (T41), Ex-White/Einmal Weiss: South

African Poems
(Sisyphus Verlag), and the forthcoming Namban/Southern

, poems about the Portuguese world (T41 and Giramondo).

  • Burning Swans


    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 1994

  • Anachronism


    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 1997

  • Spitting Out Seeds

    Melbourne: Anatman, 1999

  • Mister! Mister! Mister!

    Australia Centre Medan, 1999

  • Barefoot Speech


    Fremantle Press, 2000

  • Loanwords


    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2002

  • Spitting Out Seeds


    Anatman, 2002

  • The Ancient Capital of Images

    Kyoto: privately published, 2003

  • Semar's Cave

    [non-fiction travelogue]

    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2004

  • The Brewery Site: Six Poems


    Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2004

  • The Ancient Capital of Images


    Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005

  • Elsewhere

    Cambridge UK: Salt Publishing, 2007

  • Southern Barbarians

    Johannesburg: The Zero Press, 2007

  • Ex-White / Einmal weiß

    South African Poems / Südafrikanische Gedichte

    [poetry] Ins Deutsche übertragen von Ludwig Roman Fleischer

    Klagenfurt: Sisyphus, 2009

  • The Language

    with Layli Rakhsha

    Perth: privately published, 2009

  • The Republic of the East

    Association of Stories Macau, 2009

  • Travels

    Lisbon: Tea for One, 2009

  • The West

    Australian Poems 1989-2009

    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2010

  • The Azanians

    Lisbon: Tea for One, 2010

  • Southern Barbarians

    Sydney: Giramondo, 2011

  • Unbelievers, or 'The Moor'

    Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2013

  • Unbelievers, or »The Moor«

    Sydney: Giramondo, 2013

  • Emptiness

    Asian Poems, 1998-2012

    Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2014

  • The Quiet Slave

    A history in eight episodes

    Perth: Spaced, 2015

  • The Scar-tree / Der Narbenbaum

    Übertragen von Andreas Schachermayr

    Berlin: Hochroth, 2015

  • 2001 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry

  • 2003 Centenary Medal

  • 'Tea for One' blog

    Website (pt)
  • Ali Alizadeh reviews John Mateer

    Review of 'The West: Australian Poems 1989-2009' by John Mateer

    Website (en)
  • Complexity drawn from emptiness

    A review of THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF IMAGES by John Mateer

    Website (en)
  • Fremantle Press

    Mateer's publisher in Australia

    Website (en)
  • Giramondo Publishing

    The publisher of 'Southern Barbarians'

    Website (en)
  • Interview with John Mateer

    Website (en)
  • Interview with John Mateer @ Southern Perspectives

    Website (en)
  • John Mateer reads Saigyõ's Cherry Tree (VIDEO)

    Website (en)

    Website (en)
  • Review of John Mateer's 'The Republic of the East'

    Website (en)
  • Review of Semar's Cave in 'The Jakarta Post'

    Website (en)
  • Slope # 13 (Dec 2001)

    incl. New African Poetry, Guest edited by John Mateer

    Website (en)
  • The expert survivalist

    About Mateer's poetry collection 'Loanwords'

    Website (en)
  • Zu John Mateers Band „Ex-White / Einmal Weiß“

    Website (de)