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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Party! Sydney! at The Old Fitzroy ...

YOU’RE INVITED TO CELEBRATE
THE BEST AUSTRALIAN WRITING 2010
3 FOR 3.30PM SUNDAY 12th DECEMBER
UPSTAIRS AT
THE OLD FITZROY HOTEL
cnr Cathedral & Dowling Streets
WOOLLOOMOOLOO NSW 2011

http://www.oldfitzroy.com.au/contactus.html
A wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your family, friends and fellow contributors in Australia’s premier collections of the year’s best stories, essays and poems!

Please note that this event is organised by your fellow contributors so please
direct all queries to Sunil, not Black Inc.

RSVP or queries: sunilbadami@yahoo.com
by Friday 26th November 2010
Friends and family welcome!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Celebrate 10 years of Sunline poetry publishing in Western Australia!



For the first time, on Sunday 12th December from 10am-12 noon there will be a unique gathering of Sunline Press Poets reading together. Since 2000, Sunline Press has been publishing celebrated and award-winning Australian poets in beautifully designed volumes.

Join us for this unique event to celebrate a decade of great writing at the serene Bodhi Tree CafĂ© – where food for the body meets food for the soul.

Confirmed readers so far are Kevin Gillam, Roland Leach, Shane McCauley, Vivienne Glance, Jennifer Kornberger and Andrew Burke. Copies of Sunline Press publications will be available for sale.

Location: 1a/416-418 Oxford Street, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016
Tel: (08) 9444 9884

For more information about The Bodhi Tree please see http://www.bodhitree.net.au/

Psst. The image above is from the cover of my Sunline Press book, Whispering Gallery. I saw a copy in The Lane Bookshop today.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Where have all our Poets gone? Here's Merv Lilley



Merv Lilley is in his Nineties now, a venerable age to attain. He was in a 'home' for a short while but his loving daughter did not like to see him there, so she brought him home to her family. Isn't that wonderful.
Brumby Jones has always been one of my favourite poems by Merv, so I present it to you now - from 'Git Away Back!' (Currency Press, 1983): (reading it now, I can still see and hear Merv reciting it at the Dolphin or the Octagon in the 60s and 70s) ...

BRUMBY JONES

Over the sticks and over the stones,
Where will they lay your illiterate bones?
With the brumbies, Brumby Jones.
Where do you come from, Brumby Jones?
Out where the lonely wild wind moans,
Lived in the backblocks, Brumby Jones.

Where is the woman who shared your bread?
Never a woman was in your bed,
Never a breast to cradle your head,
Man of the spirit was always dead.
Out in the sticks and out in the stones
Lived like a warrigal Brumby Jones.

Knew the sound of the warrior cry
When the grass was dead and the creeks run dry;
Only a man can learn to sigh:
Where will they bury you when you die?
Under the sticks and under the stones
There they will lay your illiterate bones,
And a bloody good feller was Brumby Jones!

MERV LILLEY
Perth 1962.

Many years later, somewhat chemically altered, I wrote a poem in black texta on an old weathered white cane chair. Its chorus echoed Merv's poem:

I owe my skin and bones
To a girl called Hilda Jones ...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Patti Smith film 'Dream of Life' - trailer

(photo by Angelo Cricchi )

Only a teaser but shows her in a more chatty way than in her performances, obviously. See her mum too - yes, she has one, and she is one too - http://www.dreamoflifethemovie.com/trailer

"DREAM OF LIFE" NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY AWARD

Congratulations to Steven Sebring, whose film Patti Smith: Dream of Life has been nominated for a primetime Emmy award in the Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking category.

From PBS.org: Patti Smith: Dream of Life aired on POV on December 30, 2009. Shot over 11 years by renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an intimate portrait of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. Following Smith's personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her -- William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jacket Copy | poetry | Los Angeles Times


Jacket Copy | poetry | Los Angeles Times

More about Tom Waits as 'poet'.

Tom Waits to publish poetry book 2011 - from CBC News


Singer Tom Waits is to make his publishing debut next year with a book that combines his poetry with images of the homeless.

He will work with photographer Michael O'Brien on the book Hard Ground, to be published by University of Texas in March 2011.

It is modelled on 1941's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which combined James Agee's poetry and Walker Evans's photographs of Depression-era farmers.

O'Brien, a photographer who has photographed Waits himself, has returned to the theme of homelessness several times in his work.

The publisher said O'Brien will "create a portrait of homelessness that impels us to look into the eyes of people who live on the hard ground and recognize our common humanity. For Waits, who has spent decades writing about outsiders, this subject is familiar territory."

Waits, known for the gritty imagery of his songwriting, has won two Grammy Awards.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2010/11/24/tom-waits-poetry.html#ixzz16HSRJC4o

STUNNING NEW POETRY INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED BY THE PETER COWAN WRITERS’ CENTRE


Twelve ‘Apostles’ of poetry are being sought to learn the subtleties of metre, rhythm and rhyme in advanced poetry workshops at the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre.

In 2011 the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre will be offering a course consisting of ten monthly Advanced Poetry Workshops for selected participants. Each Workshop will be led by an experienced and widely published Western Australian poet (including Emeritus Professor Andrew Taylor, Professor Dennis Haskell, Professor Glen Phillips, Dr Marcella Polain, Dr. Andrew Burke, Dr Lucy Dougan, Andrew Lansdown, Kevin Gillam and Shane McCauley) and will be held on the Second Saturday afternoon of each month, beginning in February.

Participation in the Workshops is competitive and limited to twelve 'students', who will be expected to attend all ten three-hour sessions. Poets wishing to be considered for the Workshops must submit at least three, and no more than five, poems to the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre by the 31st December 2010, clearly marked ADVANCED POETRY WORKSHOPS. Submissions as an attachment by email only will be considered. All applicants will be notified whether they have been successful or not by the end of January 2011 at the latest. The fee for the course is $300 for members and $360 for non-members

A detailed program, plus a list of session leaders, will be released shortly.

Submissions should be emailed to a.taylor@ecu.edu.au and also to cowan05@bigpond.com.

Andrew Taylor
Patron
Peter Cowan Writers' Centre
and Workshop Team Leader



John McMullan
President
Peter Cowan Writers' Centre


Office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm
Phone/Fax: 9301 2282
E-mail: cowan05@bigpond.com
Website: http://www.pcwc.org.au

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Interview with John Tranter - RN Book Show - 12 November 2010


John Tranter - RN Book Show - 12 November 2010

from the Perth Poetry Club -

"We've managed to prise him away from his desk for an afternoon for your enjoyment, so make the most of this rare opportunity to hear prizewinning poet MURRAY JENNINGS. Brought to you by Perth Poetry Club, at The Moon, 323 William Street, Northbridge, 2 to 4 pm. Open mike as always - all welcome. Murray will read his poetry in two sets, so if you want to hear it all, don't be late!

MURRAY JENNINGS, whose lush voice those old enough may remenber from ABC radio, is a onetime winner of the Tom Collins Poetry Prize and a very enjoyable reader. We haven't seen him much lately because he's been working on a novel, but he's coming out from behind his desk to read for us on the 27th.

He says... he has come too far with the novel he’s writing, to pay attention to the predictions of doom for books. He doesn’t care if it is published only as unscrambled digital images in little plastic boxes, as long as it’s accepted and marketed...and read by at least 3,000
people, which is about all you can expect in this country. But he won’t own an e-book, himself. He still writes poetry occasionally, and there's a good deal of poetry in the novel."

Other events coming up in Perth Poetry:

What: Cottonmouth XXI meets Amnesty for ARTillery Spoken Word
When: 6pm Sunday 5 December 2010
Where: The William Street Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge
How much: $10 - all proceeds raised go to Amnesty International
Guest list to be announced.

Voicebox: Special night of international poetry and music for International Human Rights Day: Mon 6 December. voicebox@live.com.au

Fringe Gallery: is NOT on the last Sunday of November. Their end-of-year bash is on 17 December.
terry.farrell(at)optusnet.com.au

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Correct blog address of Project for Innovative Poetry


http://pippoetry.blogspot.com/

Sorry, I miss-typed it the other day. Take a look now that I have given you the correct address.

The publisher of PIP is Green Integer, a vital poetry publisher you can find at http://www.greeninteger.com/

This is just to say ... William Carlos Williams





This handwritten version appeared at http://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/poetry-poems/this-is-just-to-say/msg423308/ ... But I doubt that it is Dr Williams - he wouldn't have signed himself by his full name to his wife. Mind you, they don't claim it as true - they just present it like I have.

A poem I've always enjoyed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Marathon Reading at the Poetry Project January 1, 2011

January 1, 2011
2:00 pm
Saturday


Poets and Performers for 2011 include: Suzanne Vega, Taylor Mead, Ted Greenwald, Philip Glass, Rebecca Moore, Robert Fitterman, Rodrigo Toscano, Samita Sinha, Sara Wintz, Adeena Karasick, Alan Gilbert, Bill Kushner, Bill Zavatsky, Bob Rosenthal, Brenda Coultas, Brenda Iijima, Brendan Lorber, Brett Price, Charles Bernstein, Christopher Stackhouse, Citizen Reno, Cliff Fyman, Corina Copp, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Curtis Jensen, Dael Orlandersmith, David Freeman, David Kirschenbaum, Ed Friedman, Eileen Myles, Elliott Sharp, Alan Licht w/ Angela Jaeger, Albert Mobilio, Alex Abelson, Emily XYZ, Eric Bogosian, Erica Kaufman, Evelyn Reilly, Filip Marinovich, Arlo Quint, Gillian McCain, Janet Hamill, Jeremy Hoevenaar, David Shapiro, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas Piccinnini, Douglas Rothschild, Drew Gardner, Dustin Williamson, Jeremy Sigler, Jessica Fiorini, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Joanna Fuhrman, Joe Elliot, King Missile, Jonas Mekas, Josef Kaplan, Julian Brolaski, Julianna Barwick, Kathleen Miller, Katie Degentesh , Kelly Ginger, Ken Chen, Kim Lyons, Kristen Kosmas, Laura Elrick, Lauren Russell, Lenny Kaye, Leopoldine Core, Lewis Warsh, Marcella Durand, Merry Fortune, Michael Cirelli, Michael Lydon, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Nathaniel Siegel, Nicole Peyrafitte , Nina Freeman, Paolo Javier, Poez, Penny Arcade, Secret Orchestra w/ Joanna Penn Cooper, Shonni Enelow, Stephanie Gray, Susan Landers, The Church of Betty, Thom Donovan, Todd Colby, Tom Savage, Tracie Morris, Valery Oisteanu, Wayne Koestenbaum, Will Edmiston, Yoshiko Chuma, Kim Rosenfield, Mike Doughty, Nick Hallett, Elinor Nauen, Jim Behrle, Karen Weiser, Anselm Berrigan, Nicole Wallace, Stacy Szymaszek & more t.b.a.

General admission $20/Students & Seniors $15/Members $10.

Click on the heading to go to their site.

(Andrew: How many poets are there in the world at any one time?!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Greetings from the South-West






Our holiday is now at an end, so it's the long drive back tomorrow.

Project for Innovative Poetry blog

The PIP (Project for Innovative Poetry) was created by Green Integer and its publisher, Douglas Messerli, in 2000. The Project publishes regular anthologies of major international poets and actively archives biographies of poets and listings of their titles.


It also has a blog: http://pippoetry.blogpost.com/ It's probably had it for years, but I've just found it!

avant-post - - under 'post' conditions

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CHRISTMAS BENEFIT FOR COLLECTED WORKS BOOKSHOP

Collected Works Bookshop
Nicholas Building
Level 1, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
phone: 03 9654 8873
email: collectedworks@mailcity.com



Help keep Collected Works alive!


A rent increase has caused Collected Works Bookshop to reassess its future. Make sure this much loved Melbourne institution survives.


Spend $25 or more at Collected Works Bookshop between 1-8 December 2010 and go in the draw to win a fabulous range of literary feasts:

* Annual memberships with Australian Poetry and the Victorian Writers’ Centre

* Delicious hampers filled with wine, nibbles and books generously donated by publishers and writers

Plus, you’re invited to come and step beyond the beaded curtain! Celebrate the importance of Collected Works Bookshop as part of Melbourne’s literary heritage on Wednesday 8 December (5.30pm-7pm). Buy great Christmas gifts and enjoy wine, nibbles and a great night of lit love! A special (free) gift-wrapping service will also be available on the night. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the end of the evening.


This special event is a Friends of Collected Works initiative proudly supported by Australian Poetry, Victorian Writers’ Centre, Hunter Publishers, University of Queensland Press, John Leonard Press, and over twenty writers including Kevin Brophy, Alison Croggon, Joel Deane, David McCooey, Robyn Rowland, Alex Skovron and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.


Collected Works Bookshop is a much loved Melbourne institution, which specialises in poetry and literary fiction from Australia, the USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Europe, Japan, China and other regions. Founded in 1984 Collected Works Bookshop is a home for readers and writers, a home for little presses, and a venue for launches and readings.

Collected Works Bookshop –
Fiercely proud
Fiercely independent


Collected Works Bookshop

Nicholas Building
Level 1, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
phone: 03 9654 8873
email: collectedworks@mailcity.com

The Australian 13 man squad for the Ashes Tests

Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.

I'm so glad to see some fresh blood in there. Go, Australia!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Come Tree Planting in Broome - Sunday 28 November 2010, 3pm onwards

Environs Kimberley is hosting a Tree Planting afternoon on Sunday 28th November. Come along and join in the fun! All welcome!

WHERE: Corner Gubinge Road and Howe Drive

WHEN: 3pm til dusk, Sunday 28th Nov 2010

BRING: Hat, water, sunscreen, gloves, tools if possible.

MORE INFO: Please call Christine on (08) 91921922.

Generously supported by the Shire of Broome and SKIPAs.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now." - Chinese Proverb.

Zagajewski earns European Poetry Prize | The University of Chicago


Zagajewski earns European Poetry Prize | The University of Chicago

Here's a poet I love. I stumbled upon a poem of his some years back and went pursuing him. Then, just a couple of years ago, found a comprehensive Selected at Borders in Perth! Wonders will never cease.

Monday, November 15, 2010

C'mon, Aussie, C'mon, c'mon!

Australia's cricket squad for the forthcoming 2010 Ashes Tests against England:
Simon Katich,
Shane Watson,
Ricky Ponting (captain),
Michael Clarke,
Michael Hussey,
Marcus North,
Usman Khawaja,
Callum Ferguson,
Brad Haddin (wk),
Steven Smith,
Mitchell Johnson,
Nathan Hauritz,
Xavier Doherty,
Ryan Harris,
Peter Siddle,
Ben Hilfenhaus,
Doug Bollinger.

Argotist Online Interview - Robert Archambeau

http://www.argotistonline.co.uk/Archambeau%20interview.htm
Robert Archambeau is a critic and poet whose books include Laureates and Heretics, Word Play Place and Home and Variations. He has written articles for Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Pleiades, PN Review and many others. Among his awards are those awarded by the Academy of American Poets, Illinois Arts Council, and a grant from the Swedish Academy. He is professor of English at Lake Forest College (having formerly taught at Notre Dame and Lund universities). He has a blog at samizdatblog.blogspot.com

Jazz News from Ellingon Jazz Club


New to Perth audiences but well established in the Eastern States, Mr Percival has an outstanding reputation in Australia as an artist, musician, vocal coach and jazz singer of talent, imagination and skill. Well worth checking one of his shows this week. Also Thursday will see an amazing night of original music with Mace Francis Orchestra - featuring the music of Rafael Karlen and Elliot Hughes.

TUESDAY 8.00pm Mr Percival - Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe witnessed the music, magic and mayhem of a Mr. Percival performance and invited Darren to open for him on a 2006 tour, which included shows around Australia, New Zealand and The House of Blues in California. Few artists paint with sound. Darren has travelled on such a colourful musical adventure throughout his career, and has found an original way to reflect his environment in each performance by using only his voice. His journey is simply a wonderful story and truly a great achievement. http://tinyurl.com/2ccmcf2

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Mr Percival - see Tuesday listing http://tinyurl.com/24xct3r

THURSDAY 8.30pm Mace Francis Orchestra featuring the music of Rafael Karlen and Elliot Hughes - a very special concert featuring the music of two emerging composers. Brisbane based Karlen and Perth based Hughes will present an all original program. Don't miss an exciting opportunity to hear music from two of Australia's brightest emerging composers, performed by the outstanding and critically acclaimed Mace Francis Orchestra. http://tinyurl.com/2b7f3fo

FRIDAY 8.00pm Natalie Gillespie - Natalie Gillespie is a female singer songwriter whose powerful songs take us on a journey many miles deep. A wonderful performer and a passionate storyteller with a universal message of struggle, hope and joy. http://tinyurl.com/2bn8lvd

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring Cristal Phillips - Her vocals mix sweetness and elegance with rawness and power, creating an undeniably real force. With an innate passion for music that is reflected in her sound, Cristal brings a truly unique and fresh flavour to the music scene. http://tinyurl.com/2arhcbu

SATURDAY 8.00pm Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys - The VP's are a swinging 6 piece band and this show will contain a tribute to some of the great Jazz artists including Harry Connick Junior, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Roy Eldridge. As well as some of the great Vocal Artists from the Swing Era such as Nat ‘King’ Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Joe Williams. http://tinyurl.com/23cyvl7

SATURDAY 11.30pm Accumulated Gestures - Hot on the heels of their recent successful GET TOGETHER EP launch, original Neo-Soul/Funk outfit The Accumulated Gestures bring their signature sound to the Ellington stage. This 8 piece powerhouse will really get the house rockin. http://tinyurl.com/24sodeo

SUNDAY - Closed for private function - book you function at The Ellington. Email Bourby Webster for more information - bourbywebster@ellingtonjazz.com.au

Coming soon:
December 23 & & 24 Libby Hammer Christmas shows
December 29 Simon Fisenden (UK)
December 31 NYE with Ali Bodycoat - Cotton club theme
January 7 & 8 11.30pm Rachel Claudio (Paris)
January 20 Brandon Allen (UK)

Become a member today for great benefits and support live music http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/memb

Book online to avoid disappointment http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Charlie in China at the Asian Games


My son Charlie is presently in China as coach of the Hong Cricket Team(s) for the Asian Games. Wish the team well!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Employment Opportunities in Oz Poetry


Australian Poetry Ltd is a new organisation about to be launched in 2011 as a merger between the Australian Poetry Centre based in Melbourne and Poets Union based in NSW.

It will be the peak industry body for poetry in this country with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Australian Poetry will be advertising for a number of positions over the coming weeks. Watch this space for more information.

SEEKING A NSW DIRECTOR

Australian Poetry is also seeking a NSW State Director to be based in Sydney and work with the National Director in planning and executing the NSW component of the National Program. The State Director should have strong management experience, leadership skills and experience in a similar role for a relevant organisation. This is a part time role in 2011. To apply for this position, please email National Director, Paul Kooperman, at paul@australianpoetrycentre.org.au for a position description and selection criteria. Deadline for submissions is Friday November 13th.

SEEKING A NATIONAL ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Australian Poetry seeks a part time Administration Assistant. The successful applicant will have a track record that demonstrates the ability to maintain financial records, be a strong team player, manage database and record systems and provide administrative support to diverse projects and activities. The position will be 3-4 days a week to be negotiated and located at the National Office based at the Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, commencing February 2011. Deadline for applications is Friday November 26th 5pm. Email admin@australianpoetrycentre.org.au for the full selection criteria outlined in the position description.




http://www.australianpoetrycentre.org.au/?page_id=50

Thursday, November 11, 2010


HEAT Poetry Online is now LIVE - a new website for poetry review and critical debate. Get involved: http://www.giramondopublishing.com/heatpoetryonline

SARDINES



This is Mike Goldberg's painting, SARDINES, immortalised by FRank O'Hara in his poem WHy I am Not a Painter.

If you don't know the poem, Google it now. It's sure to be somewhere on the Net!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Section of a poem by Karen An-Hwei Lee

You're not such a bad poem. I often grow fonder of poems once thought lost, no matter what rough shape they're in. It's you again. I thought you'd left.

YouTube - abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz demo video

YouTube - abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz demo video

Look! Listen! Stretching the boundaries of poetry ...

Monday, November 08, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Alzheimer's Poetry Project of New York



The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in New York works with groups of affected seniors to create poems in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Yiddish.
Here's a poem from the project included in an interview with the program's founder, Gary Glazner, at http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2010/11/04/talking-oral-history-memory-and-dementia-with-the-alzheimers-poetry-project

Do you have a poem from the most recent anthology you'd be willing to share with us?

Here is a poem created by the poetry group at the Latino Geratric Center in Milwaukee from our new Spanish anthology. We performed this dicho using "call and response" with the group, then asked them to describe their first kiss.

Pan es pan, queso es queso
no hay amor si no hay un beso.
Bread is bread, cheese is cheese,
there is no love without a kiss.


Kisses

When I was a child,
I would ask my parents for bread and cheese.
They could not give it to me.
But they could give me love.

My first boyfriend, we only held hands.

Love is greater than bread and cheese.
When I went to the store,
there was no bread or cheese.
But I found a girl to kiss.
I would wait down by the river,
my girlfriend would come to get water for her family,
then we would kiss.

I told him, you can kiss me here.
(she points to her cheek.)
You can kiss me here.
(she points to her lips.)
But you don’t kiss me below here.
(She draws a line across her neck.)

When you are a teenager
At 14, 15, or 16 you dream a lot
But at 18 you already know
to say yes or no,
then you can eat your dessert.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Found poem: Histopathology :: Animal: Vanya (labrador)

Rapidly growing conical skin tumour
with horny tip - right hock.

Macroscopy: skin ellipse
bearing a tan crusted nodule.

Microscopy: sample with nodular
penduculated elongated mass

with thick layer of squamous
epithelium. Bundles and cords

of collagen and irregular
dysplastic hair follicles

well differentiated
sebaceous gland lobules.

Mild folliculitis
furunculosis and fibrosis.

Mitotic rate low.
Diagnosis: acrochordon -

benign skin tag or
Fibroepithelial polyp.

Non-neoplastic proliferation
Of skin and epithelium.

Lesion completely removed.
Mark Williamson, pathologist.


Poem by Max Richards

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Best Australian Poems 2010 ed.Robert Adamson



from the Black Inc. website:

‘The Best Australian Poems 2010 vibrates with correspondences. The images in some poems are reflected in others … until the individual poems begin to read like stanzas in some epic story of this country.’—Robert Adamson

Selected by one of Australia’s most acclaimed poets, this inspired collection captures the richness and scope of present-day Australian verse. It features innovative and exciting poems – many published here for the first time – from our best-known poets as well as daring and insightful works from rising stars.

Together they create a lively sense of conversation, of voices criss-crossing the continent, exploring the many themes that animated and inspired the nation’s poets in 2010.

Contributors include: Chris Andrews, Judith Beveridge, Ken Bolton, Peter Boyle, David Brooks, Pam Brown, Joanne Burns, Elizabeth Campbell, Justin Clemens, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Luke Davies, Bruce Dawe, Laurie Duggan, Stephen Edgar, Anne Elvey, Lionel Fogarty, Lisa Gorton, Robert Gray, Martin Harrison, Kevin Hart, Barry Hill, Sarah Holland-Batt, L.K. Holt, Lisa Jacobson, John Kinsella, Anna Krien, Anthony Lawrence, Geoffrey Lehmann, Kate Lilley, Astrid Lorange, Roberta Lowing, Rhyll McMaster, Jennifer Maiden, Kate Middleton, Peter Minter, Derek Motion, Les Murray, Geoff Page, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Jaya Savige, Craig Sherborne, Vivian Smith, Peter Steele, John Tranter, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Petra White and many more.

http://www.bestaustralianwriting.com.au

The Best Australian Stories 2010 and Best Australian Essays 2010 also out now.

Ah, the Banks have shown their greed again ...



Cartoon from today's edition of Eureka Stockade. As the site says, 'EUREKA STREET is published daily by Jesuit Communications Australia at http://www.eurekastreet.com.au. It's free to subscribe.'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Rough Trades, a 1991 collection by Charles Bernstein



I return to this site often to read Charles Bernstein's witty works: http://writing.upenn.edu/pepc/books/bernstein/rough-trades/index.html

It is one of the great uses of the Internet to republish earlier collections free for the poetry-loving public to read - then rush out and buy your latest, hopefully.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Poem by Frank Parker, poet and friend




Frank Parker is a hospitable chap who has many poets staying at his place at http://www.frankshome.org/ It's an active anthology of poetry, whatever takes his fancy really. It has many treasures to unearth.