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Issa's Best: A Translator's Selection of Master Haiku presents 1,210 evocative and inspiring haiku by Issa arranged in seasonal order, including an introduction to Issa's life and poetry. Order your paperback copy here: Issa's Best ($9.99).
Also available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook ($2.99).
Scenes what’s graspable on the starless night of the blackout as the gleaming cars snake cautiously up around that hillside curve is the way the absence of street light suggests the past - not a past I ever knew, but one I make up, tonight a boy slides through it on a silver scooter, coming back from synagogue, curly tails dangling beneath an embroidered yarmulke perched like a lid to imagination’s reckless feats or dimmer prospects - sets of fraying notebooks filled with scripture * over the road two very stoned spectres can’t figure out how to turn off the one working headlight on their old silver BMW so they leave it on & hurry off on foot, jerkily, on pills probably, fags attached to lower lips, flat battery a portent * an intense white light shines down through folding greys on the isolated city - it transforms to a plastic model, to a distant maquette, like toys on my horizon that white plastic bag has been drifting from the gutter to the road for three days, when the rainwater carries it off to the Tasman Sea I think I’ll miss it * * * * * * * Scènes ce qu'on peut saisir par cette nuit sans étoiles alors que des voitures reluisantes serpentent prudemment le long d'un virage de la colline c'est la façon dont l'absence d'éclairage des rues évoque le passé - pas un passé que j'aie jamais connu mais celui que j'invente, ce soir un garçon glisse dans la rue sur un scooter en argent, il revient de la synagogue, des frisettes qui pendent sous son yarmulke brodé perché comme un couvercle sur des exploits téméraires de l'imagination ou peut-être même - une série de cahiers effilochés remplis de textes sacrés * de l'autre côté de la route deux spectres complètement défoncés n'arrivent pas à comprendre comment éteindre le seul phare qui fonctionne encore de leur vieille BMW argentée alors ils y renoncent et se sauvent à pied, par à-coups, bourrés de médicaments sans doute une clope attachée à la lèvre inférieure, la batterie plate un présage * une lumière blanche, intense perce les plis de gris couvrant et isolant la cité - elle se transforme devient un modèle en plastique, une maquette lointaine, comme des jouets sur mon horizon ce sac blanc en plastique vole à la dérive du caniveau jusqu'à la route depuis trois jours, la pluie finira par l'emporter dans la mer de Tasman je crois qu'il va me manquer
Narrated by poet Phyllis Webb, who chronicled the event at the time, The Line Has Shattered is a sixty-minute documentary film that revisits the ’63 Conference and hears from a number of its participants half a century later.The Vancouver Poetry Conference, hosted by the University of British Columbia in the summer of 1963, is seen by many as a landmark event in the history and development of West Coast Canadian and North American innovative poetry – and indeed a major early manifestation of the Sixties West Coast zeitgeist.Organized by UBC English professor Warren Tallman and American poet Robert Creeley, the conference was an intense, freewheeling three-week program of discussions, workshops, lectures, and readings at which a rising generation of Canadian and American poets, including George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, Jamie Reid,Michael Palmer, and Clark Coolidge, was exposed to and, in many cases, profoundly influenced by the personalities and ‘New American’ open-form poetics of the visiting poet-instructors Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, Creeley, Robert Duncan, and Margaret Avison. For many of the student participants the conference played a key role in providing them faith that the pursuit and practice of poetry could constitute a meaningful calling and life’s work.Robert McTavish is a Canadian documentary film-maker whose works include Ghosts on the Land (2001), Fiddler’s Map (2003) and What To Make of It All?: The Life and Poetry of John Newlove (2006). He also edited A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove(Chaudiere Books, 2007, afterword by Jeff Derksen) which was hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a fitting monument to the poet’s consummate craftsmanship, and a cause for national celebration.”
Applications are now open for the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) valued at $30,000.
This Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.(Note: This Fellowship replaces the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship previously offered by Arts NSW).
Activities eligible under this Fellowship include: travel; mentorships or internships with recognised professional artists; residencies; short-term courses, workshops or other training at recognised institutions / organisations; research; and the creation of new work.
As part of the assessment process, a shortlist of up to twelve artists will be selected to participate in an exhibition to be held at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Woolloomooloo. The shortlisted artists will develop their work over an extended installation period with professional curatorial support from Artspace.
The winner of the Fellowship will be announced in late October 2014.
Please read the Guidelines and FAQs before completing the online application form.
The closing date for applications is Midnight, Monday 5 May 2014.
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The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award is Australia's premier showcase of prints and artists' books. Now in its 39th year, the Award and exhibition continues to push the boundaries of printmaking while showcasing the best practitioners in the field.
$15,000 - First Prize with work aquired for City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA's largest municipal collection.
$5000 - Second Prize.
Exhibition runs Sat 20 Sept - Sun 16 Nov
Entries now open.
Deadline 23 May 5pm