Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The VERSO Book Awards

Announcing the Inaugural 
The Verso Book Awards 2017
the book as a work of art  
at Kinross House, 603 Toorak Rd, Toorak, Melbourne, VIC 3142
1 to 16 July 2017 – and part of  Melbourne Rare Book Week
The Verso Book Awards are administered by the publisher of Verso Magazine and are devoted to The Book as a Work of Art in Australia and New Zealand. The Awards are open to all citizens and residents over the age of eighteen in both countries.
The Verso Book Awards carries a first prize of AUD $2500, with two second prizes, each receiving AUD $1000. The winners will be the subject of a special essay in Verso Magazine. All exhibitors will be featured in a full-colour catalog of the exhibition.

For full terms and conditions and Entry Forms, reply to this email.

Best wishes
Alan Loney, publisher

Monday, November 28, 2016


The sense of the world is short,—
Long and various the report,—
              To love and be beloved;
Men and gods have not outlearned it;
And, how oft soe’er they’ve turned it,
             ’Tis not to be improved.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Have fun! Make your own John-Cage type Poems

Have you visited ModPo's own "Mesostic Poem Generator"? Make your own quasi-unintentional poem. Try on some semi-unoriginality! Post to the Facebook group or to the forums!

Saturday, November 19, 2016


about the nape of
garden Buddha's sunburnt head
white daisies

(after Issa)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize NOW OPEN


Submissions for the 2016 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize are now open!

First Prize: $5000
Second Prize: $1500
Third Prize: $750

Judge: Ron Pretty
Opening Date: 15 July 2016
Closing Date: 22 November 2016

Enter Here .

Monday, November 07, 2016

Rimbaud still gets mail!

Although Rimbaud’s writing career lasted only five years, his influence stretches across the arts, from Picasso to Bob Dylan, who, when introduced to his writing, said that ‘the bells went off’.
Mr Tambourine Man alludes to Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat), often considered Rimbaud’s best work. 
Rimbaud stopped writing at 21, eventually becoming a trader in Ethiopia, but still people come to pay homage. We were, in a way, also doing that.