Harvard Review Online review of Glasshouses

‘The landscape of memory, as captured in Barnes’s collection, is not a flat surface on which easy markers are sprinkled, but a forested space with lush recollections that—in themselves—are mirrors of observed realities. … The poems in Glasshouses […] do not engage by way of commentary, but through a controlled formation of the environments that demand the reader’s intellectual investment.’

Warm thanks to Timothy Ogene—whose first novel The Day Ends Like Any Day launches 4 May, The Book Hive, Norwich—for this terrific, thoughtful review of Glasshouses.

Glasshouses shortlisted for 2017 Mary Gilmore Award

Delighted that Glasshouses has been shortlisted for the 2017 Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Mary Gilmore Award, to be given for the best first book of poetry published in the previous calendar year.

Congratulations to fellow shortlistees Carmine Frascarelli for Sydney Road Poems, Aden Rolfe for False Nostalgia, and Alison Whittaker for Lemons in the Chicken Wire, and thanks to the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award chair Michael Farrell and judges Ann Vickery and Justin Clemens.

The winner will be announced at the ASAL’s annual conference in Melbourne in July.

New poem and review of Glasshouses in StylusLit

My poem ‘Aerial’, a terminal from Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ (you can read more about the terminal, a poetic form created by John Tranter, here), has been published in StylusLit, edited by Rosanna Licari. The issue also includes Alison Clifton’s review of Glasshouses:

‘Barnes is a master of the recurring image … snakes, birds, eyes, the moon, glasshouses, and medication all resurface at different moments. … Images jump from the page like a rockstar leaping from the stage into the seething mosh pit below … Barnes’s lines at once seethe with the fire of passion and glow with the warmth of compassion. This is powerful poetry.’

Also in this issue are poems by Zenobia Frost, Stu Hatton and Jo Langdon, and reviews of Félix Calvino’s So Much Smoke, Carmen Leigh Keates’ Meteorites and Ellen van Neerven’s Comfort Food.

Thanks to Rosanna and Alison.


Glasshouses commended for 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award

Delighted that Glasshouses has been commended for the 2016 Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry.

Congratulations to Berndt Sellheim, winner for Awake at the Wheel, to my wonderful friend Lisa Brockwell, commended for Earth Girls, and to the other commended poets: Jennifer Crone for Our Lady of the Fence Post and Susan Varga for Rupture. Congrats, too, to Carmine Frascarelli, whose Sydney Road Poems received a special mention.

You can read the judges’ comments for all five collections here.

Brisbane readings

Excited about reading a few new poems and from Glasshouses at two events in Brisbane next week.

First up’s Riverbend Poetry Series 1 at Riverbend Books on Tuesday 28 February with Anisa Nandaula, Carmen Leigh Keates and Liam Fernery. Books available for sale at the event. Tickets $8, available online or by calling (07) 3899 8555. All welcome.

Then it’s COUPLET at Brisbane Square Library on Friday 3 March with Andrew Galan. Free event, all welcome.

Hope to see some of you there!