Tuesday, November 17, 2009

out of the box - is nearly out



'Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets', edited by Michael Farrell and Jill Jones (Puncher and Wattmann).

To be launched by Professor Susan Sheridan at Feast Festival
Saturday 21 November, 11am
at Saldechin, 21 King William Street, Adelaide.

Readers at the launch include Michael Farrell, Jill Jones and Peter Rose.

Poets in the anthology include David Malouf, Dorothy Porter, Peter Rose, Pam Brown, Chris Edwards, Lee Cataldi, Martin Harrison, joanne burns, Bel Schenk, Terry Jaensch, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Tricia Dearborn, Javant Biarujia, Kate Lilley, and many many others.

"Out of the Box is poised at the junction of the poetic moment and the queer moment in contemporary Australia – a doubly-rich rubric for reading the wonderful poems here. The collection poses complex interconnections between poetics, politics and identity: just one measure of its great achievement." - Elizabeth McMahon

"These writers are amongst the best of Australian poets. Their poetry rearranges any assumed connection between the sexualities of writers and readers and the content of the writing, yet asks that each be considered." - Michael Hurley

It's the first contemporary Australian gay and lesbian poetry anthology. Poems of the 21st century: sexy, sassy, innovative, and real.

Read an interview about the anthology with Michael and me, by Scott-Patrick Mitchell in OUTinPerth.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

sea worthy things

The end of The Red Room Company's Sea Things odyssey - a round-the-country journey by sea, collecting original maritime poems by commissioned poets and members of the public at various ports - will be celebrated in Sydney this month.

Pity I can't get there, the boat is leaking, the mast has split - but some of you easterners should get along.

Sea Things
26th November 2009
6.00-7.30pm
The Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association,
Sir David Martin Reserve
New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney

Join the Red Room crew as they open the travelling duffle bags and their poetic cargo, direct from their final destination on Thursday Island! You'll get to see the screening of documentary footage from the project, and live performances by commissioned poets Petra White (VIC), Luke Beesley (QLD), Sandra Thibodeaux (NT), Graeme Miles (TAS) plus a guest from the Thursday Island community.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

late in day

tens of thousands
years of sky
on one day

and it will end

rest/lessness

deleted dreams
know friendlier mornings

promises in clouds
play low

risks are like reality
reliable dogs

necessity
(that nobody knows)


Monday, November 09, 2009

post fall





Some pics taken in Berlin earlier this year.

Thursday, November 05, 2009