Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Anzac Day Aussie Rules Match

burke: FOOTY #116
'Hey, he was held on to, ump!' Again
my wife is telling them how to play -
'Ahh, shit! You bloody idiot!'
deep breath. 'Oh, I guess you'll learn ...'

I'm listening to poets read their own works
in one room - 'Oh, bastard, kick straight!
C'mon!' She interrupts William Carlos Williams
to tell me the pot plants in the sun need some water

then turns back to the telly - 'Keep at it! Keep at it!'
Cometti gets excited as the opposition kicks a goal.
'Oh, Jesus! You idiots! Have a go will ya!'
I go to water the plants in the fading sun.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sonnet 30: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan th' expense of many a vanish'd sight;
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd, and sorrows end.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Geelong Memoir Competition DUE 30TH aPRIL

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Reminder: Saturday 30th April Cut-off Date!

Geelong Writers Memoir Competition – 1500 words

DUE – April 30th, 2016.
Email entries to –
PRIZES: 1st Prize $ 100; 2nd Prize $ 80; 3rd Prize $ 60
&  7 Honourable mentions
All stories selected will be offered publication in the 2016 anthology. Some light editing may be applied.
No Entry Fee
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  1. Only 1 submission per author.
  2. Memoir writing genre (open theme)
  3. Suitable for any age group e.g. children, young adult, adult.
Guidelines for submission
  • Microsoft Word submission must not have any identifying features apart from the title.
  • Separate attachment for contact details page including email, address and phone number. OPTIONALTO INCLUDE - 120 word Biography. To be published in anthology if selected. Can include links.
Page Layout
Times New Roman; Size 12; Single Spacing
Word Limit
1500 words or as close to as possible. DO NOT GO OVER. You will void your submission. Word count does not include the title.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wishful Thinking (poem)

'journey of the fallen leaf back to the branch' - Franz Wright

After reading an elegy
which had me in tears
I came across these words.
Somehow they apply.
Maybe when we exit,
we meet our dead
gone before us - leaves
back on the branch. A lot
of maybe in my philosophy
And then the living
catch up with us.
Seems fair. I never met
Franz Wright but I'm
a fan. Maybe it is
wishful thinking. It's
autumn here and the leaves
are multi-coloured
on and off the trees.

- Andrew

Friday, April 15, 2016


wishbone drying
on a kitchen windowsill -
wow! all that money!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hear all of Shakespeare's Sonnets LIVE in Canberra


My thoughts and my discourse as madmen’s are,
At random from the truth vainly expressed:
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

The Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche over the last four hundred years and continue to be infinitely quotable popping up everywhere – in film, song, stories, and life!

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, join us for a complete reading of these much loved works by renowned Shakespearean actor William Zappa and outstanding vocalist actor Tobias Cole, with live accompaniment by Benn Sutcliffe, in an absorbing evening directed by Dianna Nixon.
A rare opportunity to enjoy a complete reading of every one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets,
to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


A Street Contemporary Drama Presentation
Saturday 30 April @ 7pm
FULL: $35
GROUP 4+: $25

Performance Length :
Part 1 : 7pm---8:30pm
Part 2 : 9pm---10:45pm 

Featuring William Zappa and  Tobias Cole                              Music  Benn Sutcliffe
Director Dianna Nixon                                                              Design Gillian Schwab                                                                                                     
Stage Manager  Ketura Budd


15 Childers St,
City West ACT 2601
Directions & Map

Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
+ 1.5 hours prior to performance

02 6247 1223

Thursday, April 07, 2016


Today she is wearing
her Rastafarian beanie
as she walks past
our house on her way
to meet her husband,
to walk him back
to their flat and
fuck him, feed him
and walk him back
to work. Such is
his lunch break.
it's a quiet street with
not much happening.

Monday, April 04, 2016

MEMORIES poem / 1st draft

On this warm autumn day
I remember my father, in
winter in the Fifties, driving
his shiny black V8 Pilot through
the overflowing Swan River
lapping over the Esplanade's
parameter road
and us kids - still
in shorts - riding barefoot on
the running boards. We were
having fun, such carefree fun
with our fun-loving father
at the wheel and our worried
mother beside him.


In the sailor's space of
my brother's VJ yacht

on blocks in our backyard
rain water gathered and

big leaves swam, life
rich with decay. I leant

over the edge, homework
done, parents absent, and dangled

a podgy hand into the shadows
in the waters, hoping, daring,

piranhas and leeches to
take my being away.

- Andrew Burke