Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hip, Cool, Unusual - Marge Simpson in Playboy

Oh, how the times they are a changin' ! Read about it at

The Best Australian Poems 2010 list of contributors

... as chosen by His Bobship, Robert Adamson, master poet, editor and autobiographer, for Black Inc., steadfast publishers of Aussie lit:

The poets selected for inclusion in The Best Australian Poems 2010 are:

Ali Alizadeh
Chris Andrews
Meera Atkinson
Luke Beesley
Judith Beveridge
Judith Bishop
Ken Bolton
Peter Boyle
Michael Brennan
David Brooks
Jen Jewel Brown
Pam Brown
Allison Browning
Joanne Burns
Elizabeth Campbell
Bonny Cassidy
Eileen Chong
Justin Clemens
Stuart Cooke
Nathan Curnow
Luke Davies
Bruce Dawe
Tricia Dearborn
B.R. Dionysius
Lucy Dougan
Laurie Duggan
Will Eaves
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Stephen Edgar
Chris Edwards
Anne Elvey
Brook Emery
Kate Fagan
Michael Farrell
Susan Fealy
Liam Ferney
S.J. Finn
Lionel Fogarty
Adam Ford
Adam Formosa
Angela Gardner
Claire Gaskin
Jane Gibian
Keri Glastonbury
Lisa Gorton
Robert Gray
Martin Harrison
Kevin Hart
Matt Hetherington
Barry Hill
Sarah Holland Batt
L.K. Holt
Duncan Hose
Lisa Jacobson
Carol Jenkins
A. Frances Johnson
Jill Jones
Frank Kellaway
Peter Kenneally
Graeme Kinross-Smith
John Kinsella
Andy Kissane
Anna Krien
Mike Ladd
Martin Langford
Anthony Lawrence
Michelle Leber
Geoffrey Lehmann
Kate Lilley
Debbie Lim
Astrid Lorange
Cameron Lowe
Roberta Lowing
Anthony Lynch
Jennifer Maiden
Rhyll McMaster
Kate Middleton
Peter Minter
Anne Morgan
Derek Motion
Les Murray
Jenni Nixon
Nguyen Tien Hoang
Geoff Page
Claire Potter
Peter Rose
Josephine Rowe
Robyn Rowland
Brendan Ryan
Gig Ryan
Jaya Savige
Thomas Shapcott
Craig Sherborn
Andrew Slattery
Vivian Smith
Peter Steele
James Stuart
Maria Takolander
Hugh Tolhurst
John Tranter
Mark Tredinnick
Louise Wakeling
Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Meredith Wattison
Petra White
Chloe Wilson
Fiona Wright
Ouyang Yu

What a good list! I look forward to it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Writing Marathon this Saturday 1pm @ Tom Collins House

This popular form of writing workshop is suitable for all career stages, so come along and enjoy writing in the company of others with prompts and themes set by your coordinator, ANDREW BURKE.

Four full hours! Good value at $22

Tom Collins House is the historic headquarters of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA division. It is nestled in by the ocean just a dune or two back from Swanbourne Beach at -

88 Wood Street
on the corner of Kirkwood Street

in among the trees
on the Campbell Barracks side
of Allen Park, Swanbourne

Email: Telephone: 08 9384 4771

Monday, September 27, 2010

'In Other Words' on SYNFM

Congratulations to Eliza Hull, Jorja Kelly and Florence Ay, who have been asked to produce another season of their poetry radio show, In Other Words, on SYNFM.
If you’re under 25 and would like to get involved with this show, please email

Good news from writingWA.


If you're wondering how to write your memoirs, would like to know more about self-publishing, want to have your manuscript assessed or send it to a literary agent, or hire a freelance book designer, then download the relevant topic below. (You will need Acrobat Reader to open them)

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review - Human Chain - By Seamus Heaney -

Book Review - Human Chain - By Seamus Heaney -

A positive review by William Logan. & a taste of the poems - absolutely worth reading.

Welcome back to Writing Marathon @ Tom Collins House

1 - 5pm SATURDAY 2nd October

This popular form of writing workshop is suitable for all career stages, so come along and enjoy writing in the company of others with prompts and themes set by your coordinator, ANDREW BURKE.

Good value at $22

Tom Collins House is the historic headquarters of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA division. It is nestled in by the ocean just a dune or two back from Swanbourne Beach at -

88 Wood Street
on the corner of Kirkwood Street
in among the trees
on the Campbell Barracks side
of Allen Park, Swanbourne

Email: Telephone: 08 9384 4771

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Poetry is ...

Metaphor ?
Better more ?
Better less ?
Less is more
more or less.
Better metaphor
is best.

Ken Speckle aka Ken Hudson

Dearest Scott from Zelda ...

Swim Back Home To Me

Dearest: I am always grateful to all the loyalties you gave me, and I am always loyal to the concepts that held us together so long: the belief that life is tragic, that man's spiritual reward is the keeping of his faith: that we shouldn't hurt each other. And I love, always your fine writing talent, your tolerance and generosity; and all your happy endowments. Nothing could have survived our life.

Zelda Fitzgerald

The full story at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Did Milton really write this bawdy verse?

An EXTEMPORE upon a Faggot

Have you not in a Chimney seen
A Faggot which is moist and green;
How coyly it receives the Heat,
And at both ends do’s weep and sweat?
So fares it with a tender Maid,
When first upon her Back she’s laid;
But like dry Wood th’ experienc’d Dame
Cracks and rejoices in the Flame.

by Milton (maybe)

Follow the discussion here:

(Thanks for the address, Max Richards)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crowded by Beauty; A Biography of Poet and Zen Teacher Philip Whalen, by David Schneider, forthcoming from University of California Press.

If you're a fan of Philip Whalen and Gary Snyder, take a look at this pdf file: It is generously put online by Coyote's Journal.


Poems now up for viewing at Landscapes magazine,

'Famous' writes on! Heaney and the 'Human Chain'

This review is a bit of a back-handed compliment - the reviewer speaks somewhat as if Seamus Heaney is losing his great powers because he is 70. Seventy ain't that old for a poet, you know. This romantic idea of the poet as blazing youth should be put to bed, along with its supporters. Les Murray must be 70 by now, and he's still going strong. Andrew Taylor and Fay Zwicky, among the poets of this town, are still writing poems as good as their best.

'Heaney has become something else: a personification of an idea of poetry, a squint-eyed, white-shocked sage. With one foot still squat in the peat bog and the other crossed comfortably in an endowed university chair, Heaney can speak the language of each place with similar and unrivaled eloquence.'

Have a read of this: It will be interesting to purchase 'Human Chain' and read it. Maybe I'll agree with the reviewer - but somehow I doubt it. We simply gain a different view point as we grow older. Some of this could be seen as a rich vein to be added to our youthful hijinks.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Perth Poetry Club back this Saturday 2pm

This Saturday 25 September: The Moon is open, Perth Poetry Club is back in action, all's right with the world.

Join us for the words of great local poets DICK ALDERSON & SIMON COX at The Moon, 323 William Street, Northbridge, 2 - 4 pm. Plus open mike.

FREE - but donations graciously accepted to pay the costs of the professional sound gear and the guest poets.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New and On View: Mudlark Flash No. 58 - Janlori Goldman

Washing Dishes in Evergreen, Colorado,
and End of the World

Janlori Goldman received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, The Mom Egg, For the Crowns of Your Heads: Poems for Haiti, and are forthcoming in The Sow's Ear and Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. She teaches at Columbia University's School of Public Health and lives in New York City with her daughter and sweetheart.

Cover art: David Swoyer

Spread the word. Far and wide,

William Slaughter (editor)


An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics
Never in and never out of print...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hold the Line

Some days
I measure things out,
more Mondrian than Pollock.
If I let my line out, say,
for a walk with Paul Klee, I do it
with a ruler and eraser
at the ready.
Other days I say,
Fuck that! and throw words around
more Pollock than Mondrian.
Looking back, I see
metaphors of fishing and knitting
rise up, reef rocks between
lounge rooms of doilies,
and running away from them all—
organic, natural as breath—
an umbilical line
heading straight for
my mother.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"I've seen the best minds of my generation ..." Howl: Coming to a Cinema near you

"Considered one of the most influential and bold works of writing from the twentieth century, Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” is being translated into a film version starring James Franco and is set to hit theaters on September 24, 2010.

“Howl,” written in 1956 as part of Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” publication, was highly criticized for containing obscene language. Consisting of many real life experiences of Ginsberg’s, the poem thrives on sexuality both homo and hetero, drugs, jazz music, poets, artists and psychiatric destruction.

The movie’s essence captures the truth behind Ginsberg’s logic and the court battle of 1957 that tried to rule the poem obscene. Upon publication, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books Publishing Company was arrested and charged with allowing the obscenity that fueled the court case to be published."

More to read at

Lots of clips on YouTube - Here's one:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Poems on line ...

I have a couple of poems up at LANDSCAPES 'Peripatetitca'

Lots of other notable poets, too, many of them friends of mine - so I'm happy in their company.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Writers go online in a bid to get noticed - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Writers go online in a bid to get noticed - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A new magazine for students to get published in Western Australia starts in November. Read all about it!

Cartoon from today's Eureka Street

Fiona Katauskas is New Matilda's former political cartoonist. Her work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Monday, September 13, 2010

From Pi O - UNUSUAL WORK, a new mag in which to read the richness of Oz poetry

I haven't seen it either, but if Pi O's got anything to do with it, it will be imgainative, lively and worth the price. Besides, it's always good to support a new Aussie mag trying to survive in a hostile marketplace.

Subscribe now to


(please tick relevant copies --- present issue No.9)

1 o, 2 o,3 o,4 o,5 o,6 o,7 o, 8 o,9 o,10 o,11 o,12 o,13 o,14 o

i.e. $30 for 3 issues (postage paid!)

Send your name and address, plus cheque or money order to

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p.o. box 2430 GPO Melb Vic 3001



'The Death of the Author' by Roland Barthes

If you have never read it, here's your chance. A good translation by Richard Howard is available at

Friday, September 10, 2010


"I never set out to write a poem. I will jot things down in my notebook, sometimes ideational, sometimes not, sometimes from the environment, or misheard, or from a dream, and occasionally a phrase will have a rhythmic urgency that compels me to jot something further, and then I'm lost in process and have no idea where I or the poem is going. This is a liminal state fraught with both joy and terror, and it is processual. The process may extend over few or many lines and take a few moments or days and months. It lasts until one emerges at the other end, back into the everyday, arrival signaled by the loss of urgency.

"And then one cleans up the mess of blind alleys, dishonesties and false starts. What’s left is the record of the process. in which the poet is reinvented and the poem discovered." Mark Weiss

Read more, plus some poems, at

Buy As Landscape by Mark Weiss at Chax Press

Submit poems to COOKING WITH FIRE ...

Every day poets across the world scribble on napkins or snack at their computers, and the Cafe Poet program has poets writing every week in cafes across Australia, in an environment that is all about food.

Words brewed in this atmosphere are bound to be heavily spiced with foodie metaphor, so I’m putting together a hybrid recipe/poetry book to celebrate the word/food joy that is poetry.

Cooking With Fire will be a small chapbook disguised as a recipe book. Poets will be "paid" in copies of the book, which they can then sell on at any price they like. The launch will take place at BookTalk Cafe in Richmond.

I’m seeking:

a) poems that are themed around food, eating, cooking, growing, and
b) recipes that are inherently poetic.

Poems that are 30 lines or less would be ideal, but longer poems will be accepted if they are wonderful.

The submission deadline is the 20th of September 2010.

Submissions should be sent to cookingwithfire (at), and you can also email if you have enquiries.



City of Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre invites you to
Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2010 supported by Little Creatures Brewing

James Dodd: Boab Inscriptions
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger: Watercolour Paintings
on the Pavement from the City of Fremantle Art Collection

Exhibitions Opening 6:30pm Friday 24 September 2010

Winners of FACPA10 Awards announced at the opening

To be opened by Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle

Bar + Timothy Nelson & The Infidels + DJ Jens

Exhibition continue to Sunday 21 November

RSVP by Wednesday 22 September to

Thursday, September 09, 2010


From the Director of the International Centre for Lanscape and Language, Dr Glen Phillips:

Dear ICLL Members and Friends:

There are still a few spaces left...please reply soon to reserve your place (email to jryan9(at)


October 2-3, 2010.

Wave Rock is the final granite monolith in the field trip program of the International Centre for Landscape and Language plan to study three major rock domes, monadnocks or bornhardts in the WA Wheatbelt. The first two were Yorkrakine Rock near Tammin and Boyagin Rock near Brookton.

The trip will commence early on Saturday 2nd of October and reach Hyden by lunchtime. In the afternoon we will briefly visit Wave Rock and then proceed to the Humps to see cave paintings, gnamma holes and granite formations dominating the countryside. Later we will return to Wave Rock for walks around the rocks and to Hippo's Yawn followed by sunset photography.

The evening meal will be in the Hyden Wave Rock Motel complex where we will be accommodated in twin rooms.

On the Sunday 3rd October we will allow for a further session of photography at Wave Rock before breakfast to catch the dawn light.

Leaving Hyden by 8.30am we will drive south west to Lake Toolibin to inspect the freshwater retention program and the swamp biology before continuing via Wickepin (home town of Albert Facey and Dorothy Hewett) to the Dryandra Forest near Cuballing and from there back to the City via Popanyinning and the Brookton Highway. We expect to be back in Perth just after sunset.

Details of share room cost and dinner at Hyden will be available shortly and transport by Edith Cowan University vehicle will be provided. Accommodation on Saturday night will be available at Wave Rock Motel.

Glen Phillips,

Director, International Centre for Landscape and Language.

International Centre for Landscape and Language

Landscapes Journal

Toolibin Lake is a seasonal wetland about 200 kilometres south east of Perth, in the headwaters of the Blackwood River.

A woodland of Sheoaks and Paperbarks grow across the lake floor. When flooded this habitat supports a high diversity of waterbirds, many of which use the lake to breed.

Toolibin Lake’s conservation values are based on its comparatively good water quality. Toolibin is now the largest remaining wetland representing a habitat that was once widespread across the Western Australian wheatbelt.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Lifted from Eureka Street

Fiona Katauskas is New Matilda's former political cartoonist. Her work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies

Kenyon Review Reading Period Begins September 15

The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions through its online submissions site on September 15, 2010 and the submissions period will continue through January 15, 2011. Short fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and translations will be accepted for both the magazine and KROnline from a single pool of submissions.

KR Editor David Lynn writes:

Reading submissions is the most important work that we do. We receive thousands of submissions over the course of our reading period, and we give each of them careful consideration. Our standards are high. We ask, “Does this poem or story or essay offer surprise and delight? Does it seem fresh, necessary, startling? Does the author—young or not so young, someone of established distinction or a talent as yet undiscovered—display a mastery of language, especially as necessary to this particular piece?”

What we publish in print in The Kenyon Review, on the one hand, and electronically in KROnline, on the other, will be different in tone and timeliness, and will probably speak to different audiences as well. Nevertheless, it’s our mission to offer a great variety of literature all held to the highest of standards.

How does this process of evaluation work? KR’s offices are in Gambier, Ohio, a lovely wooded village, but very far from any graduate program in creative writing which would allow us to draw readers from among the advanced students and faculty. Instead, we have a tree of readers, beginning with our Kenyon Review Associates, who are themselves carefully selected from a highly competitive pool of student applicants. Before the Associates even begin to read new work, they spend time with our editors, discussing the skill and the art of evaluating stories and poems and essays that are fresh, sometimes rough, but very different from what they usually find in their textbooks for classes.

As part of this training process, we work together through a number of samples. Once they are assigned a set of manuscripts, Associates work in teams of two, and if one reader feels a manuscript warrants further consideration, it will be passed up to a higher branch of the tree, where one of our consulting editors will evaluate it in turn. All of this sharing, collaboration, and discussion is aided by our online submission process—it would be almost impossible were we still slinging about shipping boxes full of paper manuscripts.

The point here is not merely that we pay individual attention to the precious creations of writers from around the world. We do so because we know that amidst these thousands of unsolicited submissions lie the gems that will make up the bulk of The Kenyon Review and KROnline. It’s the labor necessary to fulfill our mission. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

Submission information at

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Kleinzahler's Workshop at MWF ...

At the Melbourne Writers Festival yesterday, August Kleinzahler conducted a workshop. This was the blurb for the event:

'This workshop will concentrate on the role of ‘voice’ in poetic practice. We all sound different from one another: background, family, place, education, reading and temperament all play significant roles in determining individual voice. The emphasis will be on locating or finding one’s way to one’s own poetic voice, exploring dramatic monologue, song, extemporaneous rant, personal argot, daily experience and the beat of what goes on in one’s own head. Please bring two poems that sound distinctly like you and no one else.'

Now, isn't that an element to aim at in every poem you write? I'm wondering which of my poems I would bring ... Hmmm, I'll post 'em here when I've thought about it long enough.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

"Dodgy Dealings continue in the Uranium Industry"

by Mia Pepper, Nuclear Free Campaigner with the Conservation Council of WA

"This week the Barnett Government announced that the Australian Centre for Geomechanics has won a tender to form an ‘independent panel on uranium mining regulations’. Sitting on the panel are pro-nuclear lobbyists and behind the scenes are corporate sponsors including some that are anything but independent. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are two of the sponsors − companies with operating uranium mines in Australia and uranium interests in WA.

There are now over 140 companies with uranium interests operating in WA, three proposed mines in the environmental approvals process, and many more companies exploring, negotiating and sometimes even fighting over uranium deposits. But the industry’s record in Australia should give us pause for thought.

BHP Billiton is proposing the Yeelirrie uranium mine in WA. BHP Billiton also operates the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia and enjoys a raft of indefensible exemptions from the SA Environment Protection Act, the Natural Resources Act, the Aboriginal Heritage Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Photos taken by an Olympic Dam mine worker in December 2008 show radioactive tailings liquid leaking from the ‘retention’ system. The company’s response to the whistleblower’s evidence was to threaten “disciplinary action” against any mine worker caught taking photos of the mine site. Last year, a whistleblower released documents which suggest that the company uses manipulated averages of workers’ radiation exposures and distorts sampling to ensure its ‘official’ figures slip under the maximum radiation exposure levels set by government. There is still no National Radiation Dose Register for uranium mine workers in Australia despite promises from federal Labor that the Register would be in place by the end of 2009.

Rio Tinto owns the Ranger uranium mine bordering the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. There have been well over 100 leaks and spills at the mine. The independence and track record of the mine’s regulator − the Office of the Supervising Scientist − has been hotly contested for many years. One incident which attracted widespread attention occurred in 2004, with 150 workers exposed to drinking water containing uranium levels 400 times greater than the Australian safety standard. ERA (a Rio subsidiary) was fined $150,000 − a rare example of a uranium mining company being prosecuted for breaching operating conditions.

The pattern of secrecy, poor performance and inadequate regulation is all too evident in the 2003 report by federal parliament’s Senate References and Legislation Committee. The Committee found “a pattern of under-performance and non-compliance” in the uranium mining industry, it identified many gaps in knowledge and found an absence of reliable data on which to measure the extent of industry’s environmental impacts.

Already problems are evident in WA. There have been many complaints made by pastoralists and Traditional Owners who have not been informed about uranium projects on their country. Traditional Owners who are connected to specific areas have been left out of heritage surveys; pastoralists have been ignored by companies and not informed about projects that affect their property and water supplies.

Environmentalists, unions, Indigenous and public health groups have been calling on the Barnett Government to hold an open and transparent public inquiry into uranium mining. To date the government has refused that request and the prevailing culture of secrecy is further evident with the refusal by the Department of Mines and Petroleum to publicly release the full terms of reference for the newly-formed ‘independent’ panel.

We still do not know whether or how key issues − such as workers’ health and safety, tailings rehabilitation, transport, and groundwater impacts − will be addressed by the panel. We fear that crucial issues – such as impacts on workers health and communities and nuclear weapons proliferation − will not be addressed at all. The panel excludes experts in relevant areas such as occupational health and safety, transport, Aboriginal heritage and native title, non-proliferation and safeguards."

Mia Pepper is the Nuclear Free Campaigner with the Conservation Council of WA.


Special guest poets of the 2010 QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL - Jon Paul Fiorentino (Canada), August Kleinzahler (USA), Ken Babstock (Canadian)

Now, I would have supplied a lot more photos but after the first events at Judith Wright Arts Centre, I was unceremoniously reprimanded for taking photos (even with the flash turned off and the permission of the subjects). Being a well behaved, quiet visitor, I obeyed their rules, even though I disagreed with them absolutely.

For more on August Kleinzahler, see a very personal take by Jeremy Balius at

Some of the Australian poets at QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL 2010: Andrew Taylor, Angela Gardner, Martin Langford, Jean Kent.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Saturday 2-4pm SUE CLENNELL and PHIL McNAMARA at Perth Poetry Club

This Saturday 4 September at Perth Poetry Club hear local poets and guests of the WA Poetry Festival, SUE CLENNELL and PHIL McNAMARA.
Sue has just released a CD; Phil has just published a book. Check them out 2-4pm at The Moon, 323 William Street, Northbridge.

Plus open mike. All welcome. Come and listen.

NEXT WEEK 11 September
there will be no Perth Poetry Club, as The Moon will be closed for maintenance.
18 September there will be open mike if the Moon is open again.
25 September? We'll be back!

Info, contact info & artist bios:

10 Tips for Writing A Short Story by Amanda Lohrey

Author Amanda Lohrey shares her tips for writing a great short story at Black Inc's blog at