Sunday, July 31, 2005

Listen here ...

"Poetry is tribal not material....this is where you can remember the good
times along with the worst; where you are not allowed to forget the worst,
else you cannot be healed."--C. D. Wright

Thanks for the quote Ken Wolman

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Leia Burke sitting on her grand dad's knee, 26 July 2005 at Cafe Martino  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million Levis. . .[but] Kerouac and I are not real at all. The only real thing about a writer is what he's written, and not his life. We will all die and the stars will go out one after another. . . W.Burroughs

Let the beauty we love be what we do. - Rumi

Monday, July 18, 2005

Charles Bernstein - it is a still off a video, so the quality is not always 100%.  Posted by Picasa

The Cork SoundEye Festival 2005

Keith Tuma has put up 70 or so stills from a video taken at the Soundeye Festival Cork 05 at

Thanks to Randolph Healey for the info. You will put faces to many names, among them Fanny Howe, Charles Bernstein, Lee Harwood, Randolph and Alison Croggon.

Alison Croggon at the Cork Festival 2005 Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Claude Simon

For me, the big chore is always the same: how to begin a sentence, how to continue it, how to complete it.


To begin with, our perception of the world is deformed, incomplete. Then our memory is selective. Finally, writing transforms.

Claude Simon

Friday, July 15, 2005

Dorothy Parker busy at her desk. A scathing wit and a sad life ... Posted by Picasa

for the fun of it

Hogamus higamus,
Men are polygamous.
Higamus hogamus,
Women monogamous.

Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Margaret Walters CD Power In A Song - details below. Posted by Picasa

'Honey - They're playing our song!'

Very soon I am to be a Featured Poet at Poneme poetry list, so I have been hunting around to show the widest possible range of my work - from minimalist poems to a traditional ballad. Australian folksinger extraordinaire Margaret Walters sung the ballad, and John Warner arranged the music. You can hear it here at

Ballad of Many Crows

As I sat out upon a hill
Upon a hill, upon a hill
I looked up at the crows that fill
The leafy trees of Wagga

I saw their eyes like marbles black
Like marbles black, like marbles black
And felt a chill run down my back
Beneath the trees of Wagga

A woman there had told a tale
She told a tale, she told a tale
How the town had felt five years' betrayal
Since crows returned to Wagga

”Our men have heard the crows' sad song
The crows' sad song, the crows' sad song
Until by their own hand they've gone
I curse the crows of Wagga”

Farmers are a steady lot, not given much to fancy
Born to heed the call to be as iron tough as Clancy

Now they hang themselves in their dark loss
In their dark loss, in their dark loss
When the crows' stark song becomes their cross
Among the trees of Wagga

Black-eyed and beaky with a mourning cry
A mourning cry, a mourning cry
Riverina crows trespass and fly
To cast their eye on Wagga.

Now's the time to break the spell
To break the spell, to break the spell
To greet the future and fare well
Among the trees of Wagga

I go inside to write my song
To write my song, to write my song
The crows know naught of right and wrong
In the leafy trees of Wagga

Details of the CD and how to buy it available at

Monday, July 11, 2005

Paul Hinchliffe's soft images at Church Gallery 13 July on ... Posted by Picasa

Paul Hinchliffe goes to Church

Paul Hinchliffe is the artist exhibiting at the Church Gallery, Stirling Highway, Claremont, from 13 July 2005. His soft image works on paper look delightful ... Take a look at

Monday, July 04, 2005

Invitation to join

Poneme is an email list about poetry and poetry-related matters. The focus is Australasian but all are welcome. Members are invited to provoke and engage in discussion on poetry communities and histories, poets, poetics and tangentially related issues.

Please feel free to post your own poetry to the list, and to advise the list of your own and others' publications, readings, events, etc.

Collaborative projects happen on list from time to time; if you'd like to participate, ask for instructions/conditions.

New projects are just about to get underway, so join now - it's Free, of course, and always informative.

Here's the address to go to:

Jen Crawford steers the ship.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Calvin says ...

"The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!" - Calvin

Thank you to Dominic Fox for this titbit.