Sunday, May 24, 2009

on - a model of a process

model curves
life form proceeds
like songs
green and hungry
in congress
with the process
a long
long press up
the hand
that feels us
the bloom
for the fire
learn by
looking into this
and green
curled like comment
are ways
if not understood


322 Review is fresh - the first issue.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

save salt now

As many of you will know, poetry publisher, Salt, is feeling the effects of the economic downturn (or GFC if you prefer). Their three year funding from the English Arts Council ends this year. Spring sales were down nearly 80% on the previous year, and despite April's much improved trading, the past twelve months has left a budget deficit of over £55,000. So, Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery are asking for some help - a small ask to save this important international poetry list.


1. Please buy just one Salt book, right now. They don't mind from where, you can buy it from Salt or from Amazon, your local shop or megastore, online or offline. If you buy just one book now, you'll help to save Salt. Timing is absolutely everything here. They need cash now to stay afloat. You could go to their online store and help keep them going, or buy from your favourite online or real world bookshop.

Salt UK and International store

Salt US store

Say, you could buy one of my Salt books, if you don't have a copy.


Screens Jets Heaven

Or any other of the fine poetry books from the list.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

may days in sydney

I’ll be back in Sydney this May for the following events at the Writers' Festival.

1. Poets Paint Words at the Wharf

Paintings from the Newcastle Region Art Gallery and the poems they inspired will be projected in the Heritage Pier Cafe during Sydney Writers’ Festival. The poets include Robert Adamson, Judith Beveridge, Judith Bishop, Michael Brennan, Luke Davies, Kate Fagan, Michael Farrell, Jane Gibian, Keri Glastonbury, Robert Gray, Martin Harrison, Ivy Ireland, Jill Jones, John Kinsella, Anthony Lawrence, Kate Lilley, Peter Minter, Les Murray, Dorothy Porter, Jaya Savige, John Tranter and Mark Tredinnick. Paintings from the Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection include Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Grace Cossington Smith, Grace Crowley, William Dobell, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Gloria Petyarre, Imants Tillers, Albert Tucker, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams.

Poets Paint Words is curated by Peter Minter and Lisa Slade, in conjunction with Sydney Writers’ Festival.

When: Thursday, May 21 2009, 10:30 - 13:30.
Where: Heritage Pier, Cafe Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

2. Launch: Motherlode (Puncher and Wattman)

Motherlode, edited by poets Jennifer Harrison and Kate Waterhouse, is the first major collection of Australian women’s poetry in over a decade. It reads as a modern narrative rather than 160 individual poems, from poets including Judith Wright, Dorothy Hewitt, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Judith Beveridge, Jan Owen and Bronwyn Lea. Hear 12 Sydney poets (and an Adelaide poet, me) read a contemporary story of identity - as and in relation to mothers, grandmothers, children and the world. Motherlode traverses nature, iconography, pregnancy, birth, childlessness, loss, daily grind, politics and ageing. Launched by noted academic Elizabeth Webby.

When: Thursday, May 21 2009, 16:00 - 18:00.
Where: Bangarra Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

3. DiVerse at the Margaret Olley: A Poetic Response

Eight talented and experienced poets from the group DiVerse respond to A Life’s Journey, an exhibition of Margaret Olley’s images at the SH Ervin gallery. The audience will receive chapbooks featuring the poems that will be read at the session. Members of DiVerse include Margaret Bradstock, Carolyne Bruyn, Marcelle Freiman, Jill Jones, Robert Kennedy, Paula McKay, Sheryl Persson and Louise Wakeling.

When: Sunday, May 24 2009, 15:00 - 16:00.
Where: S.H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust of Australia, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks.
Cost: $7/$5 at the door. Includes Gallery entry.

And, in general, lots of poetry at the SWF. Here's a full list of poets taking part across many events.

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