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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Poet Jacob Polley wins 2016 TS Eliot Prize for Jackself, 'a firework of a book'



Join Rita Tognini, Meryl Manoy, Sally Gaunt, Carol Millner, Jan Napier, Mina Wallis, Andrew Levett, Coral Carter, Ros Franklin, Hessom Razavi, Derek Fenton, Mike Pedrana, Mike T, Jackson, Danny Gunzburg, Christine Della Vedova, Gary De Piazzi, Steve Finch and SPM for an evening of poetry and music with MC, Mar Bucknell.

Saturday 21st January
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Scarborough Library Amphitheatre
173 Gildercliffe St. Scarborough.

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Sunset Poetry is part of the Summerset Arts Festival and is supported by the City of Stirling

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Announcing the inaugural Australian Poetry & NAHR Eco-Poetry Award

                 In partnership with the Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR), Australian Poetry is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity available exclusively to Australian Poetry subscribers – the inaugural NAHR Eco-Poetry Award (July 2017).

This prize is to be conferred to a single Australian poet currently subscribed to Australian Poetry who is able to take up residency (alone, or with a companion) in the village of Sottochiesa, Taleggio Valley, northern Italy over the month of July 2017.

All residency fees are waived, however it remains the responsibility of the winner to make their own way to and from Taleggio.

Set in northern Italy and situated in the heart of the Orobie Alps, the NAHR program offers a lively space to think and create, collaborate and interact. Our residents take full advantage of the surrounding natural landscapes as well as Italy’s rich material culture, which combines vernacular traditions with innovative approaches to space and place, people and their communities.
Further information on the NAHR program can be obtained here.

Alongside a project proposal outlining creative activities to be undertaken during the month’s residency in Taleggio (no more than one page), those interested in applying for this award are requested to submit a folio of up to five poems (no more than 200 lines in total) relating to habitat, ecology, biodiversity, space and place, the Anthropocene, culture and identity.

Please note, in order to apply for the residency, applicants must be current subscribers to Australian Poetry. If you are not currently a subscriber, the easiest way to subscribe is online.
To apply, please complete an application form and submit (alongside your folio of work and a project proposal) by Friday 10th February 2016.

Find the form here: APPLICATION FORM

The award will be announced by Friday 17th March, and results are to be published on the Australian Poetry website and newsletter.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


clamoring geese--
over there is the year
ending too?
sawagu kari sokora mo toshi ga kururu ka yo

Sunday, December 18, 2016


There’s a dead dragonfly hanging
on to our car’s front number plate. One
fine wing blowing in the wind
stops me today as I grieve for Millie,
my faithful companion who died
quietly in my hands, her body
losing all the tension
of her final fevers. Death
is the last roll of life’s dice,
the final token we pay – yet
our greatest relief.

                                    I file this poem
I know it is for me, perhaps
for you, to lessen the sorrow, yet
to remember Millie. My bare feet
are cold as I type, cold where she
would lie across and keep them warm.