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.
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.
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.
I had a blast putting this playlist together.
‘GLASSHOUSES: Songs from the poetry collection and then some’, featuring The Cure, Nick Drake, Ofra Haza, Abel Korzeniowski, Low, Pulp, Squarepusher, etc, is available now on Spotify.
Warm thanks to Joseph Schreiber for writing about Glasshouses so thoughtfully:
[This] is a collection that feels intensely intimate and personal, in the sense that Barnes seems to be engaging directly with his reader, sharing his love of the poets who have guided him, directly or through his careful reading, drawing inspiration from his family and from his own experience as a gay man, and openly riffing on the influence of music and pop culture. The wide range of voices that emerge, together with the variety afforded by his delight in structure and form, allows for a reading experience that never falls into tired and predictable patterns.
And here’s Joe on the cento (my book includes five):
If a line that catches me short in a cento actually originates from another work, who owns the power? The poet who crystalized the image, or the poet who re-envisions it, a jewel among other salvaged (and fully credited) jewels? Or—and I should hope this is correct—both but in different ways?
You can read Joe’s full review here and buy a copy of Glasshouses here (use promo code CELEBRATE at checkout to receive free shipping, Australian and New Zealand shipping addresses only, offer ends midnight January 10).
I’ve two newish poems in Glasgow Review of Books. ‘Glasshouses Redux’ was influenced in part by Golden Boy with Miss Kittin’s ‘Rippin Kittin (Glove Tension Dub)’, while ‘namesakes’ responds to 2017’s Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Thanks to poetry editor Samuel Tongue.
I’ve a cento about kindness (with lines from joanne burns, Jill Jones, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Dorothy Porter et al) in Overland 229, out this week, alongside many of my favourite writers. Thanks to editors Toby Fitch and Jacinda Woodhead. You can pre-order a copy here.