Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review of 'One Hour Seeds Another'

I am humbled by this review. It gives me new heart to push at the boundaries of poetry. Thank you for such a close reading, Nathan Hondros.

Available at Collected Works and 

West Coast news

Allan Padgett the larrikin poet can be heard 
at the Moon this Saturday 31st January, 2015
at Perth Poetry Club.
Perth Poetry Club is Perth's first weekly poetry and spoken word event. Saturdays 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Supported entirely by donations, organised by unpaid volunteers, since March 2009. Featured guests, open mike (up to 3 minutes: that's about 60 lines), professional sound. Everyone is welcome.

Have your say! Melbourne Writers Festival 2015


Happy New Year! This one is going to be big!
In 2015 we are celebrating 30 years of inspiring conversation at Melbourne Writers Festival. There have been thousands of thought-provoking discussions from a long list of brilliant Festival guests over the years. But each year it is our audience that brings the Festival to life by responding passionately to the writing and ideas at the heart of our events.
We want to share our anniversary with Melbourne’s readers, so this year we’re inviting you to play a part in shaping the Festival as an Audience Advocate.
We're appointing a committee of our audience members – Audience Advocates – who’ll have a say in the 2015 Festival program. Our Audience Advocates will work directly with me, helping the MWF programming team create a Festival that is interesting, innovative and relevant to Melbourne’s reading community. 
We’re looking for all kinds of readers and all kinds of ideas! So if you’re passionate about reading and love MWF, this is a great opportunity to get involved, come behind-the-scenes and contribute to the future direction of the Festival. Find out more and apply here.
If you have ideas you can’t wait to share, our new Digital Suggestion Box is now live! All ideas submitted here or via Facebook or Twitter will be reviewed and considered by our programming team, so don’t hold back!
I can’t wait to hear your ideas and to share our 30th Festival with you in 2015.

Lisa Dempster
Festival Director

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Literary Situations Vacant - at Drunken Boat



Drunken Boat [], one of the world’s oldest
electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web
Award, is adding to our staff. We¹ve been publishing an immense variety of
work, especially innovative and experimental literature and arts, since
1999. We are an entirely volunteer staff, dedicated to literature and art
and the internet (well, more like literature and the art on the internet,
but we¹re fans of the medium too). According to The Review Review:
³Drunken Boat is, or should be, central to any discussion of literature
online or online literature . . . Drunken Boat is a . . . beautifully
presented, carefully maintained space.²
Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing
are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be responsible with an
independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal
and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually
worldwide. If you¹re interested, please send a CV and a cover letter to
Managing Editor Erica Mena at
Managing Editor / co-Managing Editor
The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of
running an international magazine and press. Working with Executive
Director, Editors, Readers, Developers and Interns to help produce a
tri-annual magazine and one or two books annually. Overseeing the entirety
of the journal operations: including hiring, training, and supervising
staff; maintaining editorial and production workflows; setting issue and
project deadlines; scheduling staff meetings; overseeing publicity and
promotion; overseeing the grant application and reporting processes;
answering email queries; work with the developers and webmaster to design
the look for each new issue. Oversee and initiate new projects including a
book contest, AWP table and readings, and fundraising.
Strong organizational skills, comfort with the technology of web
publishing and virtual workspaces (Drupal, Google Drive, Domain and Apps,
Dropbox, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Submittable, WordPress (for the blog),
MailChimp), and exceptional communication skills essential. Ability to
work with minimal supervision. A familiarity or willingness to learn web
production in Drupal a must.
Attention to details, ability to meet deadlines, working under time
constraints, and manage multiple project elements simultaneously
important. Some experience with basic HTML / CSS highly valued. Experience
with design for print or web highly valued. Copyediting and proofreading
skills preferred.
The Managing Editor may work with a co-Managing Editor, or an Assistant
Managing Editor depending on experience.
Send a CV with cover letter to
Production Editor
The Production Editor is responsible for overseeing the production of
three issues of the online journal a year. Drunken Boat is produced in
Drupal, and has an ongoing relationship with a professional web developer.
The Production Editor oversees the production team, providing training and
assistance, setting the production schedule and communicating the schedule
to editors and the production team, and overseeing sending out author
proofs and making changes to the issue online prior to launch.
Familiarity or willingness to learn Drupal a must. Basic experience with
HTML / CSS important. Comfort communicating with both editors and
programmers/web developers essential. Ability to meet deadlines, work
under time constraints, and lead a team essential. Familiarity or
willingness to learn Submittable, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Google Drive, and
Dropbox. Strong attention to detail.
Send a CV with cover letter to

Monday, January 26, 2015

National Haiku Writing Month

Have you written a haiku yet today?

Write one haiku a day for the month of February! Why February? Because it’s the shortest month—for the world’s shortest genre of poetry. Join poets around the world who pledge to write at least one haiku a day for National Haiku Writing Month during the year’s shortest month. Or write haiku every day of every month, all year round, on the NaHaiWriMo site on Facebook, with daily writing prompts to inspire you. Click the following links to find out more.

The full list of links is at

Celebrate Today

Australia Day -
cicadas sing 'Welcome
to Country'

Friday, January 23, 2015

Air New Zealand Safety Video! (4 mins viewing.....)

Now this is one airline safety-video that is NOT boring.  Enjoy.
For those who watched the Hobbit,  
Must have cost a fortune.

US Poetry Month Poster

poster gallery

Each April, the Academy of American Poets creates and distributes—for free—over 120,000 copies of the current National Poetry Month posters to U.S. schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers to help promote the month-long celebration.
Select National Poetry Month posters from previous years are available at the Poets Shop for $5 each while supplies last.
This year’s poster was designed by 2014 National Book Award finalist and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. It features a line of poetry from Mark Strand’s “Eating Poetry.” 

...and how many of their parts publish promote or recognize Poetry?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

$100 Cash Poetry Prize at The Dan

Competition Day@TheDan. 

Dan O'Connell Hotel  225 Canning St, Carlton, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053

Here is what you need to know:

One Winner, One Prize.
FREE entry

Time Limit is 5mins 
That's the limit, if your poems goes for less than the 5min LIMIT, that's ok


NO instruments, if lyrics are your thing, fine, read them as spoken word.

Reading a poem from paper is ok, most poets do this.

The open mic competition blackboard opens at 2pm,
the competition starts at 2.30pm

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Here's a home for yr Unusual Work

“unusual work” from collective effort press – edited by PiO, seeks submissions of experimental poetry, prose, pictures, paintings, photographs, sketches, sculpture, art, ideas, politics, and anything else starting with abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

works submitted must NOT appear on the internet and remain the copyright of the magazine. payment = one free copy per contributor.

a bi-annual A5 magazine, unusual work is available by subscription $30 for 3 issues. cheques, cash or money order payable to 

collective effort press
p.o. box 2430 
gpo melbourne 3001
Remember to enclose a stamped self addressed envelope with your submission. Think quirky, droll, or witty. Think experimental, think avant-garde, concrete or shape. Have some fun. The more “unusual” the better. 

Canberra Jazz News - The South African Project.

Hello Jazz in Concert at The Gods supporters

Welcome to 2015. It's just over a fortnight to the first concert of the year featuring Mark Ginsburg — The South African Project. It's a top line-up performing the music of the great South African jazz composers including Abdullah Ibrahim / Dollar Brand, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku, and the like. It features: Mark Ginsburg (saxophones) Eamon Dilworth  (trumpet / flugelhorn), Judy Campbell (voice), Ryan Grogan (piano), Brendan Clark Jr (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums). Not a night to be missed.

Bookings on 6248 5538 or email Jaye and Katie at
Dinner at new time of 6.00; music starts at 7.30; non-eating seats can be booked but eating keeps the Gods in business.

Owing to lack of artsACT support, admissions are now $22/$15 concessions.You'll be getting your money's worth, fear not!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


University of Toronto Quarterly

Vol. 47 (1977) through current issue
University of Toronto Press Quarterly publishes interdisciplinary articles and reviews of international repute in English and French. This interdisciplinary approach provides a depth and quality to the journal that attracts both general readers and specialists from across the humanities. The Letters in Canada issue, published each winter, contains reviews of the previous year s work in Canadian fiction, poetry, drama, translations, and works in the humanities. Many of the recent issues have included over 650 pages of the years work in creative writing and scholarship! Published quarterly.

Current Issue: Volume 83, Number 4, Fall 2014

University of Toronto Quarterly archive - 1977-2015 - available on Project

— 39 volumes, 150+ issues and more than 1200 articles and reviews —


Friday, January 16, 2015


unpowered site
newspaper pages
fill the sky

- Jade Pisani

BONES Haiku submission now open

BONES' submission period starting:
January 15 - February 15, 2015
in the meantime enjoy one by Colin Stewart Jones from no 2
See the particulars at:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Uneven Floor wants poems (and readers!)

Uneven Floor, an independent poetry blogzine, is looking for poems, readers and social media supporters. 

It publishes poems in text, audio, video and image format. 

Previously published poems are more than welcome. 

Read it at, follow@unevenfloor_po on Twitter, and like Please watch your step. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rae Armantrout: Four New Poems | Jacket2

I am such a fan! How it is writ is so much a part of what is said. 

'pomenvylopes' and 'Selected Poems' by Nicholas Moore

One of Nicholas Moore’s ‘pomenvylopes’
In addition to the poems I have cited, Selected Poems contains three examples of his ‘pomenvylopes,’ which are poems and commentary Moore typed onto envelopes and sent to friends and acquaintances. In one of the “pomenvylopes” reproduced in Selected Poems, he writes, among other things:
“We also listen to The Supremes and we sure
do think Mary Wilson characteristic
soul bon-femme of the Noo World.”
Mike and Boris Pasternak
Who knows how many of these exist? According to Rudolf, “Over the years Nicholas Moore sent me 100 ‘pomenvylopes,’ which sometimes contained letters, sometimes were the letter. These cherished envelopes are covered with poems, jokes, quotes, etc.” I imagine that Peter Riley also received a large number of “pomenvylopes.” In these works, Moore shares something with another inveterate correspondent and isolate, the mail artist and collagist, Ray Johnson.
This is the first stanza of Moore’s late poem, “A House of Words”:
The words themselves have taken on
Their own personalities, like bricks or slates,
Or the quiet roofs of the villages,
So far Moore’s Selected Poems is the best record of the remarkable journey undertaken by this poet in words, and, during the last twenty years of his life, about words, growing old, and much else.
Selected Poems (2014) is published by Shoestring Press, and available on Amazon and other online booksellers.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Frederick Pollack Publishes New Poetry Collection

GW Creative Writing and English
Professor Frederick Pollack
Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press.   GW English is happy to announce that his collection of shorter poems, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press), will appear in a few weeks. Many other poems of his have appeared in print and online journals.  He is an adjunct professor of Creative Writing at GW.

A Poverty of Words contains 92 poems written between 2010 and 2013. Its themes combine politics and metaphysics. Stylistically it is neither mainstream nor postmodernist. At various times Pollack has described himself as a “Beat classicist” and as “redoing Stevens along Marxist lines.”

A poem from A Poverty of Words, "In the Hallway," is included below.  You can also read a few more poems by Pollack, published in the Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, here.

In the Hallway

A girl pressing her cheek against a door,
doorjamb, or wall beside a door.
Crying probably, possibly
mumbling. That’s it.
Her face is turned away,
you can’t see if she’s pretty.
Which would make a difference
in your quotient of empathy
divided by reluctance
to get involved plus eventual impatience.
And if and how quickly
you escaped the sense
of not being a plausible
savior (someone she’d find
attractive when this is over), or –
long-cherished, firmly-held –
of helplessness. A novelist
cases the hallway, the smells and light,
social class as revealed
by her dress. Or should.
For my part, I (not making this
about me) check
the decaying file, the yellowed partial volume
of memory. Not finding her.
But she exists now, therefore always did
and will, and is both punishment and forgiveness.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Joni Mitchell lucks out ...

Ecopoetics - Hopkins

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wildness yet.

-Gerard Manley Hopkins

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Cummunion submissions open now


Communion is an online literary journal seeking original solicited and unsolicited essays/memoir (500 words and above), poetry and short fiction (under 1500 words). The journal will be published biannually, around June and December. We regret that Communion is unable to offer payment to its contributors.
Submissions are open year round. Please submit to communion at walleahpress dot com dot au
Up to three poems at a time with 50 word bio sent in the one Word file.
Pieces of 500 words and more with 50 word bio in the one Word file.
A single story (max 1,500 words each) at a time and 50 word bio sent in the one Word file
Communion does not accept work that has been previously published. (This includes works published in print and web journals but does not apply to material first published on personal blogs).
Simultaneous submissions are OK providing you let us know it is a simultaneous submission and let us know asap upon acceptance elsewhere.
No multiple submissions. Please wait until you’ve heard back from the first submission before sending another.
We regret we are unable to offer editorial feedback.
All rights revert to the authors upon publication. Please note that while authors do retain all rights to their work, we archive everything we publish so require Non-Exclusive Digital Rights.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

WLT's 6 Authors in Pushcart list

World Literature Today's 2014 Pushcart Nominees

The editors of WLT are delighted to announce that the following slate of six authors have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize XL anthology:


Julia Fiedorczuk Julia Fiedorczuk (Poland)
Lands and Oceans,” translated by Bill Johnston

Luljeta Lleshanaku Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania)
History Class,” translated by Ani Gjika
Mikeas Sanchez Mikeas Sánchez (Mexico)
Jesus Never Understood My Grandmother’s Prayers,” translated by David Shook


Cate Kennedy Cate Kennedy (Australia)


Kris Saknussemm Kris Saknussemm (US)
Andres Felipe Solano Andrés Felipe Solano (Colombia)
The Nameless Saints,” translated by Arthur Dixon
Please join us in congratulating, reading, and sharing this year’s nominated writers and translators!
Founded in 1976, the Pushcart Prize is an annual collection of poetry, short stories, and essays, nominated by little magazine and small book press editors throughout the world.

Quick Question(s) at Jacket2

QUICK QUESTION: If you could ask someone just one question, what would it be? 
Quick Question turns this game into a reality. Asking quick but pressing questions of poets, scholars, students, and artists, Quick Question will publish 500-word responses to some of modern and contemporary poetry's most basic, urgent, compelling, or difficult questions. Multiple answers to single questions will be posted on a rolling basis in order to make space for multiple points of view and continuing conversations. 
Quick Question welcomes inquiries and submissions. To propose a question, suggest a respondent, or submit a response, please email Katie Price at 
When new acquaintances ask what I study, I often tell them, "poetry that doesn't look like poetry." Though my response might seem glib, the sentiment is sincere: I find myself drawn to poetry that unshackles that same term from its traditional denotation. The field of modern and contemporary poetry is full of language that doesn't behave: fixed forms are abandoned for open fields, words are rendered illegible, standardized grammar is disrupted, letters stray from counterparts that would give them meaning, the page is replaced by the screen, and nonsemantic sounds fill basement bars. So why do we still call it poetry? — Katie L. Price


Monday, January 05, 2015

How to be a Happy Writer

e.rateo - new work galore ...

e·ratio poetry journal 20 · 2015, which has new work by: Elizabeth Robinson, Jennifer Firestone, Wendy Vardaman, Jeffrey Jullich, rob mclennan, Sean Howard, Jill Jones, Vanessa Couto Johnson, David Chikhladze, Claire Warren, Doris Neidl, Marilyn Stablein, Apryl Miller, Eileen R. Tabios, Linda Kemp, Jacqueline Winter Thomas, Lauren Marie Cappello, Mary-Marcia Casoly, Mark Lamoureux, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Jeremy Biles. Plus Yvan Goll translated by Donald Wellman, Xiao Kaiyu translated by Christopher Lupke. Visual poetry by Yakman K. Tsering, and “Ontologies of Lack and Excess in the Lyrical Poetics of Mark Strand and Rainer Maria Rilke” essay by Jacqueline Winter Thomas.

Le flashmob des Prodiges