New poem in Impossible Archetype

My poem ‘In the House of Bluebird’ (a terminal from Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Rival’) appears in Impossible Archetype Issue 4, along with work by some of my favourite poets, including fellow Australians Rebecca Jessen and Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Thanks to editor Mark Ward.

You can read the full issue here.


Queensland Poetry Festival 2018

QPF2018 kicks off in a couple of weeks!

I’m looking forward to reading new poems (and a few from Glasshouses) at The Big Read, Saturday 25 August, 4.30–6pm, alongside Alison Whittaker, Tricia Dearborn, Fury the Poet, Laniyuk Garcon-Mills, Zenobia Frost and Rae White.

On the same day, from 6–7pm, Rae White will launch Milk Teeth (UQP), their Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize-winning debut collection, and be in conversation with R.A. Briggs, author of Free Logic (UQP) and Common Sexual Fantasies, Ruined (Cordite Books).

I’m keen to attend Lines of Faith, featuring Lachlan Brown, Sarah Saleh and Anna Jacobson; Alexis Lateef’s Both Sides Of Wellness; Rebecca Jessen and Zenobia Frost’s The Bachelorette: A Song Cycle; Scott-Patrick Mitchell’s Personal Mythologies as a Path to Healing; and Reading Queensland, featuring Shastra Deo, Graham Akhurst, Ella Jeffery and Jared Bruinstroop.

Borrowed Verse, featuring Tom Cooney, Pascalle Burton, Matt Hetherington, Nausicaa and Paul Bonetti, is on Sunday 26 August, 3–4pm.

On the same day, from 4–5pm, Matt Hetherington will launch The Love of the Sun (Recent Work Press).

Hope to see some of you there! Full program here.

New poems in Southerly Journal

Happy to have three new poems in Southerly Journal 77.3 Mixed Messages, alongside writing by Toby Fitch, Siobhan Hodge, S.K. Kelen, John Kinsella, Chris Lynch, Nasrin Mahoutchi and Shey Marque et al.

‘Ghazal for Tina’ and ‘from Binary Tree Poems’ are published in the journal, which can be purchased here; ‘cws’, an anti-Twitter villanelle, appears in the Long Paddock.

Thanks to editors Elizabeth McMahon, Michelle Hamadache and Kate Lilley.


Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER

I’m delighted to be guest co-editing Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER with Quinn Eades.

TRANSQUEER is a call for you to say something that maybe you haven’t been able to say before. It asks you to find poetry in / between lines, binaries and stultifying categorisations; from the life of flesh, from inside the bleating, many-chambered heart of gender and sexuality. We want transgressive poems, transonic poems, transmontane poems. We think of a few lines from Sylvia Plath, ‘Balloons’ – ‘Yellow cathead, blue fish— / Such queer moons we live with / Instead of dead furniture!’ – and of their elegant translucence. Come into being. Send us your gasps, your yells, your manifestos, your moments in the mirror – say something. Send us your work, and ask us to believe it, weeping. The time for TRANSQUEER poetry is here.

Submissions close 11.59pm Melbourne time on Sunday, 5 August.

Full guidelines here.

Rabbit 24: The LGBTQIA+ Issue

Happy to have a poem alongside new work by some of my favourite people and poets, including Jarad Bruinstroop, Quinn Eades, Zenobia Frost, Angela Gardner, Rebecca Jessen, Jill Jones, Kate Lilley, Antonia Pont and Stephen J. Williams et al., in the Michael Farrell-edited LGBTQIA+ Issue of Rabbit, to be launched by Michael on Friday 18 May, 6–8pm, Gleebooks, Glebe (RSVP here). Hope some of you Sydney folk can make it!


Happy World Poetry Day! New poem in Stilts Journal

Happy World Poetry Day!

I’ve a new poem, about growing up gay in 80s and 90s Tasmania, in Stilts Journal Issue 1, alongside work by R.A. Briggs, Lachlan Brown, Broede Carmody, Shastra Deo, Quinn Eades, Liam Ferney, Mindy Gill, Jill Jones, John Kinsella, Caitlin Maling, Ellen van Neerven, Damen O’Brien and Fiona Wright.

Congratulations to Stilts’ editors Ella Jeffery, Emily O’Grady and Zenobia Frost on the launch of this terrific new poetry journal and thanks for publishing ‘In Heaven I’ll be quite normal (, or Pentina to Doone Kennedy, after The Smiths)’.


New poems in foam:e and StylusLit

Three new poems have recently gone online:

‘Blindness’ and ‘In the navy’, at foam:e, edited by Angela Gardner and Carmen Leigh Keates;

‘The 52 Hertz Whale’, in StylusLit, edited by Rosanna Licari.

These journals also include poems by David Adès, Davina Allison, Natalie D-Napoleon, Rose Hunter, Andy Jackson, Rebecca Jessen, Heather Taylor Johnson, Jill Jones, Brenda Saunders, Ynes Sanz, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan, David Stavanger, Les Wicks and Jena Woodhouse.