Pleased to have two poems — ‘Matrimonies’ (a Gwen Harwood cento) and ‘eggshells’ (i.m. Nancy Barnes) — in Backstory Journal’s #WeToo issue. Thanks to editors Anne Casey and Wendy Dunn. You can read the full issue, including Tom Meagher’s introduction, here.
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I have two poems about same-sex domestic violence, court process, and friendship in the latest issue of Southerly Journal. Thanks to poetry editor Kate Lilley.
My poem ‘Agave americana (A Decaying Sestina)’ (after Lawrence Schimel’s ‘Deleting Names (A Decaying Sestina)’; Lawrence invented this brilliant variation) has been planted in Red Room Company’s New Shoots garden. Thanks to editors Ameila Theodorakis and Tamryn Bennett.
My poem ‘The Being’—partly about a line from Paul Celan’s Collected Prose (‘Only one thing remained reachable, close and secure amid all losses: language’), partly about growing up gay in 1980s and 1990s Tasmania, the last Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality, and its infamously homophobic pollies, including former Ulverstone councillor Jack Breheny (a bit of his most bilious volley appears here)—in The Weekend Australian Review. Thanks to editors Jaya Savige and Stephen Romei, thanks to Felicity Plunkett for the photo.
I had fun juggling metaphors for wonderful Red Room Company’s Poetry Object 2019, which also includes poems by Claire G Coleman, Arielle Cottingham, Pola Fanous, Eleanor Jackson, Benjamin Laird, Jacqui Malins and Zech Soakai.
You can read my poem ‘You’re’ (thanks to Ben Dodds and Carlo for illuminations) and register your school for Poetry Object, which invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects, here.
My poem about a whale-shaped light is part of this year’s Red Room Company Poetry Object learning resource alongside writing by Claire G Coleman, Arielle Cottingham, Pola Fanous, Eleanor Jackson, Benjamin Laird, Jacqui Malins and Zech Soakai.
Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won, and will be judged in 2019 by Emilie Zoey Baker.
Poetry Object invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.
You can read more about Poetry Object and register your school here.