The Annotated Tree Worship (2017)

Cover design: Lisa Baudry

The Annotated Tree Worship:

Draft Research Portfolio. ISBN 978-0-473-41328-6. Paper Table Novellas 2 (i). Auckland: Paper Table, 2017. iv + 88 pp.

List of Topoi. ISBN 978-0-473-41329-3. Paper Table Novellas 2 (ii). Auckland: Paper Table, 2017. iv + 94 pp.

Cover design: Lisa Baudry


Draft Research Portfolio:

Melancholy Boughs (26/8/12-29/1/13; 8/6/13-16/7/13)
  1. Vastation - p.2
  2. Voyage dans la lune - p.3

This Draft Research Portfolio is the first in a pair of twin novellas. A bored provincial academic has been ordered to provide a report on his research. The story he is telling doesn’t sound much like the translation of a sixteenth-century French novel he promised them, though. In fact, as his Head of Department writes indignantly in the margins of his work, it sounds more like madness.

List of Topoi:

Annotations (21/11/13-5/3/14)
  1. Breaking - p.3
  2. Entering - p.13
  3. Marshes - p.22
  4. Shores - p. 31
  5. Margins - p.38
  6. Tomb - p.47
  7. Cave - p.56
  8. Labyrinth - p.57
  9. Eros - p.66
  10. Dreams - p.75
  11. Pictures - p.77
  12. Food - p.82
  13. Goddess - p.89

Workplace bullying lies at the heart of List of Topoi, the second in a pair of twin novellas by Jack Ross. Or does it? Perhaps there’s something stranger going on here. Just who is this narrator, anyway, and what kind of an agenda might he have?

Jack Ross’s publications include five poetry books, three novels, two novellas, and two collections of short fiction. He is the managing editor of Poetry New Zealand, and works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University’s Albany campus.

Online Texts:

Tree Worship


Draft Research Portfolio

List of Topoi


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