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.

New poem in Marrickville Pause

Pleased to have a new poem, ‘Chalicento’ (a cento from Ern Malley), in Marrickville Pause Issue 3: Spiel, edited by Jake Goetz. Jake’s also included two poems that were first published in Glasshouses: ‘ENDONE® Oxycodone hydrochloride 5 mg’ (a remix of ENDONE Oxycodone hydrochloride’s CMI) and ‘The Rabbit Catcher’ (a remix of Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Rabbit Catcher’).

You can read all three, plus writing by Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, Nick Chlopicki, Toby Fitch, Walter Gabriel, Duncan Hose, Cath Kenneally, Melody Paloma, Eva Philips and Kelly Poole, here.

New poems in Plumwood Mountain, Cordite, Overland

Three new poems have recently gone online:

‘senescencento’, at Plumwood Mountain, guest edited by Michael Farrell;

‘Double Acrostic’, at Cordite, guest edited by Lachlan Brown and Nathanael O’Reilly;

‘From Nonets’, at Overland, edited by Toby Fitch.

These issues also include poems by Lisa Brockwell, Eileen Chong, Carmine Frascarelli, Jill Jones, Chris Lynch, Alvin Pang, Jonno Revanche, Michele Seminara and Jessica L Wilkinson.

Glasshouses reviewed by Magdalena Ball

Warm thanks to Magdalena Ball for reviewing Glasshouses so generously:

a powerful debut full of tight craftsmanship, and decentred, multi-vocalled poems that combine a temporal urgency and emotional drama with rhythm, form, structure and a creative ‘uncreativity’ that is both delicate and powerful. Sonnets, villanelle, sestina, found poems, acrostics, and remixes all reference one another and themselves, shifting through an unreliable lens of memory, self-awareness, changing identity, and a progression that works not so much from youth to age but from naivety to understanding.

You can read Magdalena’s full review here.

Perth Festival Writers Week 2018

I’m delighted to be appearing in two events at Perth Festival Writers Week 2018: GLASSHOUSES (a conversation with Vivienne Glance about my poetry collection Glasshouses and borrowed word-worlds) and POETRY LAND I (a reading with Charmaine Papertalk-Green, Caroline Abbs, Tineke Van der Eecken and Corey Wakeling).

Tickets for these and other Perth Festival Writers Week 2018 events are on sale now.

Huge thanks to guest curator William Yeoman and to everyone at University of Queensland Press.