Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hello Poetry Lovers
Come, Eat, Drink and Listen to Poetry,
put your feet up,
re-boot yourself with poetry
Read your poetry on the Open Mic.

Up Coming Features@THE DAN

Joe Dolce& Lin van Hek feb 25th
Kevin Brophy March 4th
Adrienne & Dragonfly March 11th (Chicago)
Sasha Cuha March 18th
Jeltje Fanoy & Friends March 25th

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SATURDAY Feb 25th                                

Dan Poets presents 
Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek

with libby charlton as mc 

JOE DOLCE. Writer and performer of the most successful Australian song in history Shaddap You Face, a title held for 37 years straight. Poetry published in Best Australian Poems 2015 & 2014 and shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize and Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. Winner of the 25th Launceston Poetry Cup. Recipient of the Advance Australia Award. Presently on staff of the Australian Institute of Music, teaching Composition, Ensemble and setting poetry to music. Ginninderra Press is publishing his second poetry collection, ‘On Murray’s Run’, selected by Les Murray, in Oct, on his 70th birthday.

LIN VAN HEK. Published in Best Australian Poems 2015, Winner of the The Age Short Story Contest, founding member of the literary-music group DIFFICULT WOMEN. Writer of three novels: The Ballad of Siddy Church, Katherine Mansfield's Black Paper Fan and The Hanging Girl and two books of short stories: The Slain Lamb and Anna's Box. Co-writer, and lead singer, of the song, INTIMACY, included in the classic US sci-fi film, THE TERMINATOR one of 25 movies listed for preservation, by the US Library of Congress. In the last five years, she has been a prolific and successful painter, exhibiting at her gallery, Poet House, in Thornbury. Tomorrow, she is one of the guest readers at the 66th Women of Letters event at the Thornbury Theatre, at 2:30 pm

Dan Poets, every Saturday, 2-5pm.
Free Entry
Includes open mic.

Rotating MCs Anne, Libby, Norman and Steve.

Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St Carlton.

Licensed premises. Kids welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dear Poets, Academics, Artists, Friends,

You are warmly invited to the launch of my new book of poems A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry) on Saturday 11 March at Gleebooks. Peter Boyle will be giving the launch speech, I’ll read some poems, and there will be a panel discussion on themes connected to the book with Brook Emery, Deborah Bird Rose, and Peter Boyle. The event is free but please RSVP through Gleebooks at the following webpage (or phone 9660 2333): http://www.gleebooks.com.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=279101  

Time: 3.30 pm for 4 pm start

Address: 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037
Please feel free to pass on the invitation to anyone who might be interested in this event.
I hope to see you there!
Best wishes,
Luke Fischer 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Publishing opportunity for poets at Uneven Floor

Uneven Floor publishes a poem or two most weeks, and needs more well-written poems from published and unpublished poets. Previously published poems are welcome, as are poems in text, video, audio or image format. Read the editorial, poems and submission guidelines at unevenfloorpoetry.blogspot.com. Follow @unevenfloor_po on Twitter. Like facebook.com/unevenfloor. Please watch your step.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Issa Haiku

tucking in
the blind priest...
winter rain

Issa - 1814
zato no bônaka ni tsutsunde shigure keri
Issa implies that the blind priest is a beggar, and his "house" (bônaka) is the street. Literally, bônaka can be the inside of a temple, but it can also signify the streets. Shinji Ogawa notes that naka ni tsutsunde means "holding or hugging, inside." He adds, "Though the phrase is used as a gentle expression, the haiku is one of harsh reality." The poem has one of Issa's most dramatic surprise endings. One expects a cozy, warm quilt to be the final image, going along with "tucking in," but instead he gives us winter rain, and, as Shinji puts it, "harsh reality."