Shaping the Fractured Self reviewed in Southerly Journal

‘Is it strange that these poems, while often devastating, don’t fill me with sadness? Reading stories of illness, this is what it is to be (un)seen. The collection shows the duality of being cast out and cut free.’

From Katerina Bryant’s review of Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (ed. Heather Taylor Johnson), which includes poems and essays by me, David Brooks, Beth Spencer, Quinn Eades, Ian Gibbins, Andy Jackson, Rachael Wenona Guy, Rachael Mead and Leah Kaminsky, among others.

This anthology’s available from UWA Publishing and elsewhere.


Going Postal: More than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Very pleased to have a poem in Going Postal: More than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, an important collection of work published in the lead-up to last year’s marriage equality postal survey, edited generously by Quinn Eades and Son Vivienne, published by Brow Books.

Going Postal also includes pieces by Dennis Altman, Fury, Rebecca Jessen, Amy K Middleton, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Candy Royalle and Omar J. Sakr.

Out November 15, 2018, but you can pre-order now.

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!