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John Mateer is a poet, critic and curator. His works published in South Africa, Sumatra, Japan, Macau, Portugal and Australia include essays, books of poems, a prose travelogue on Indonesia and a novella set on the Cocos-Keeling Islands, an atoll in the Indian Ocean. His poems have been translated into various European and Asian languages, as well as into Farsi and Armenian.Among his collections are The West: Australian Poems 1989-2009Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998–2012Southern Barbarians, and Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’ which appeared Portuguese and German-language editions. Of his South African poems the novelist JM Coetzee has written that they “roll back the tide of forgetting, giving us one glimpse after another of a multifarious and beloved homeland.” João, his latest volume, is a book of sonnets about the fictive traveller of the title, and was published in Australia and, recently, in the UK.