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Friday, March 24, 2017

from Rochford Street Review: Vale JOANNE KYGER

Vale Joanne Kyger

by Mark Roberts

Joanne Kyger .Photo by Andrew Kenower.
Rochford Street Review was saddened to learn of the death of Joanne Kyger on 22 March. Associated with the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, poet Joanne Kyger studied philosophy and literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, moving to San Francisco in 1957 just before she finished her degree. In San Francisco she attended the Sunday meetings of Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and moved into the East West House, a communal house for students of Zen Buddhism and Asian studies. She lived in Japan with Gary Snyder, her husband at the time, and traveled in India with Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky. She eventually returned to California, where she lived until her death in 2017. (Text courtesy of the Poetry Foundation)
Full bography and links to poems are available at

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Issa Haiku

at my feet
when did you get here?

ISSA - 1801
ashi moto e itsu kitarishi yo katatsuburi
Shinji Ogawa comments: "This haiku shows a very common scene of surprise when one finds a slow snail very close to oneself. Adding to that, when we learn that Issa was attending his dying father, our appreciation of this haiku may advance farther. We must learn how many things are left out from the haiku and yet, or therefore, so many things are expressed."


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sir Derek Walcott is dead.

Sir Derek Walcott is dead.

Relatives and sources  close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.

Walcott received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 20 World Storytelling Day

Join us at the Centre for Stories for World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of storytelling. 
Pop in between 11am and 12:30pm to listen to and watch some of the amazing West Australian stories we've collected over the past few months.
Our brand new video stories collected in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Interests for Harmony Week 2017 will be available to watch. These nine stories surround the themes Food, Faith and Love in WA. Listen to Fauzia, a woman from Afghanistan who sends her kids over to her neighbours with plates of food every week because her mother taught her that those who smell the food as it is being prepared must taste it too. Jamaican man Osric travelled 15000km running away from heartbreak and found love in Australia. Takako is Japanese and her husband of 40 years, Velaphi, is Zimbabwean. They tell us, "you don't talk about racism, you do something about it by confronting it with your very existence."

You will also be able to listen to stories from A Mile in My Shoes, our collaboration with the Empathy Museum for PIAF 2016. Listen to Dalwinder Singh, devoted Sikh and taxi driver who dedicates his spare time to engaging in conversations with strangers and increasing awareness about Sikhism. He believes that through conversation, we are able to break down barriers. Dianne Lawrence tells us about the challenges of being the mother of a transgender child, and how she's been on a journey of her own alongside her son. Jeremy Smith has achondroplasia, the cause of what is commonly known as dwarfism. He encourages people to ask questions about physical differences, so that we can increase the understanding and celebration of diversity in the world. Kaliyugan Pathmanathan fled the Sri Lankan civil war when he was a child. Years later, he came to Australia by boat as a refugee where he has made his home in Perth. He says he struggles to be happy knowing that there are still so many people who don't have freedom.

These stories and many more will available to listen to and watch at the Centre for Stories. Morning tea will be provided and our staff will be available if you would like to chat about what makes a good story or any story ideas you may have. 
We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


don't cry, insects!
the world will get better
in its own time
ISSA 1825
naku na mushi naoru toki ni wa yo ga naoru
Good advice for trying times.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hello Poetry Lovers
Come, Eat, Drink and Listen to Poetry,
put your feet up,
re-boot yourself with poetry
Read your poetry on the Open Mic.

Up Coming Features@THE DAN

Joe Dolce& Lin van Hek feb 25th
Kevin Brophy March 4th
Adrienne & Dragonfly March 11th (Chicago)
Sasha Cuha March 18th
Jeltje Fanoy & Friends March 25th

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SATURDAY Feb 25th                                

Dan Poets presents 
Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek

with libby charlton as mc 

JOE DOLCE. Writer and performer of the most successful Australian song in history Shaddap You Face, a title held for 37 years straight. Poetry published in Best Australian Poems 2015 & 2014 and shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize and Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. Winner of the 25th Launceston Poetry Cup. Recipient of the Advance Australia Award. Presently on staff of the Australian Institute of Music, teaching Composition, Ensemble and setting poetry to music. Ginninderra Press is publishing his second poetry collection, ‘On Murray’s Run’, selected by Les Murray, in Oct, on his 70th birthday.

LIN VAN HEK. Published in Best Australian Poems 2015, Winner of the The Age Short Story Contest, founding member of the literary-music group DIFFICULT WOMEN. Writer of three novels: The Ballad of Siddy Church, Katherine Mansfield's Black Paper Fan and The Hanging Girl and two books of short stories: The Slain Lamb and Anna's Box. Co-writer, and lead singer, of the song, INTIMACY, included in the classic US sci-fi film, THE TERMINATOR one of 25 movies listed for preservation, by the US Library of Congress. In the last five years, she has been a prolific and successful painter, exhibiting at her gallery, Poet House, in Thornbury. Tomorrow, she is one of the guest readers at the 66th Women of Letters event at the Thornbury Theatre, at 2:30 pm

Dan Poets, every Saturday, 2-5pm.
Free Entry
Includes open mic.

Rotating MCs Anne, Libby, Norman and Steve.

Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St Carlton.

Licensed premises. Kids welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.