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Saturday, November 01, 2014


issue thirty-five

southern spring, 2014

Andrew Topel & Koji Nagai

Issue thirty-five of Otoliths, this year’s southern spring issue, has just gone live.
It contains, as usual, an astounding range of text & visuals from Bobbi Lurie, harry k stammer, Volodymyr Bilyk, Virginia Luck, Sarah James, Roger Mitchell, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Andrew Cantrell, Kyle Hemmings, Dennis Vannatta, Elizabeth Allen, Anders Enochsson, Marcia Arrieta, Seth Copeland, Craig Cotter, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Pete Spence, Jim Meirose, Philip Byron Oakes, Eric Hoffman, Raymond Farr, Richard Kostelanetz, Reed Altemus, John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & Diane Keys, John M. Bennett & Thomas M. Cassidy, Toby Fitch, Howie Good, Chris Brown, Jack Galmitz, Arpine Konyalian Grenier, Marco Giovenale, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Edewede Oriwoh, Texas Fontanella, John Martone, Mark Russell, Andrew Topel, Andrew Topel & Koji Nagai, William Allegrezza, Márton Koppány, Márton Koppány & Tamarin Norwood, Mary Cresswell, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Cecelia Chapman, Connor Stratman, Heath Brougher, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Simon Perchik, John Lowther, Joe Milford, Willie Smith, Michael Ruby, Joe Balaz, sean burn, Jeff Harrison, Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Sarah Edwards, Jeffrey Jullich, Anne-Marie JEANJEAN, bruno neiva, Ivars Balkits, Katrinka Moore, John Pursch, SS Prasad, John W. Sexton, Hazel Smith, Tony Beyer, Bob Heman, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Rosaire Appel, Angad Arora, Bogdan Puslenghea, Sabine Miller, Jake Goetz, Carla Bertola, Alberto Vitacchio, Tony Page, Michael Brandonisio, J. D. Nelson, Shokla Shankar, & Gian Luigi Braggio.
In addition there is a special feature, a portfolio entitled [6 x 1] + [1 x 6] made up of a poem from Eileen R. Tabios with responses to it from John Bloomberg-Rissman, Sheila E. Murphy, lars palm, Marthe Reed, Leny M. Strobel, & Anne Gorrick.
&, as usual, enjoy the variety.
Mark Young

Friday, October 31, 2014

Congratulations to all the prizewinners in the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize

Joint winners:
Debi Hamilton for 'Red Riding Hood Grows Old'
Anthony Lawrence for 'Itinerary'

3rd Prize:
Philip Radmall for 'The Difference of Distance'

Local Winner:
Steve Armstrong for 'Deadman'

Harri Jones Memorial Prize Winner
(for a poem by a poet under 35 years):
Caitlin Maling for 'Border Crossing'

Hunter Writers Centre Members' award:
Kathryn Fry for 'Green Point Bearings'

Jennifer Kornberger for 'The Twilight Observatory'
Lachlan Brown for 'Bracketing a Bursting House'

In addition to the above, the 2014 anthology features the following poets and their poems:

Vale, David Adès  David Adès
Uluru  Lisa Brockwell
The song of longing  Liana Joy Christensen
Lampedo    Rico Craig
Valour (Somme Sonnets)    Brett Dionysius
Il Voce    Joe Dolce
Rain Is Its Own Season   Diane Fahey
Deposition   Christine Fontana
Ned Kelly Dreaming   Hilary Gilmore
States of Grace   Patrick Gleadhill
Hell’s Bells   John Jenkins
Lost Geographies   Jill Jones
To the Picnic of Bears, a leg-up   Christopher Kelen
Earlier  Rosanna Licari
Houdini in Australia   David Lumsden
At River Bend   Frances Olive
The All Australian Girl  Ian Pettit
Glass Letters   Felicity Plunkett
Beethoven starts work on his great fugue Op.133  Derek Recsei
L Loy D    John Scott
Hex   Connor Strange
Horizons   Alison Thompson
Eloquent Assassin  Campbell Thomson
Walking the Undoing  Anne Walsh
Double Exposure    Chloe Wilson

Wangaratta Jazz & Blues 25th Anniversary on ABC Jazz

Jeff Tain OB
ABC Jazz has a packed radio schedule at Wangaratta 2014 with live broadcasts of Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Enrico Rava and the National Jazz Awards.
If you're unable to make it to the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival this year, you can still catch the headline acts right here on ABC Jazz. We will be broadcasting three performances, direct from the stage to the radio. On Saturday, November 1, we will be airing Enrico Rava's Quintet live from the WPAC Theatre. That broadcast will begin at 11am eastern. Also on November 1 at 10:30pm eastern, you can catch the Jeff "Tain" Watts Quartet, again live from the WPAC Theatre.
As per tradition, Mal Stanley from Jazztrack will be presenting the National Jazz Awards on Sunday, November 2 from 5-7pm eastern on both ABC Jazz and Classic FM. The Sunday broadcast will feature the three guitar finalists for this year's National Jazz Awards.
We will also be recording a number of other acts for later broadcasts on Mal Stanley's Jazztrack.

2014 live broadcasts on ABC Jazz

Enrico Rava Quintet - Presented by Gerry Koster
11am - 12pm (AEDT): Saturday, November 1
Featuring Enrico Rava, Mirko Guerrini, Paul Grabowsky, Frank Di Sario and Niko Schauble
Jeff 'Tain' Watts Quartet - Presented by Gerry Koster
10:30pm - 11:30pm (AEDT): Saturday, November 1
Featuring Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Troy Roberts, Osmany Paredes and Chris Smith
National Jazz Awards Finals - Presented by Mal Stanley
5pm - 7pm (AEDT): Sunday, November 2

Hear ABC JazzIn Australia:  Digital TV (Channel 201), Online(, ABC Radio Mobile App, on Digital Radio (in Capital Cities)
Internationally: Online (

Keep in touch with news and coverage from Wangaratta on the ABC Jazz Facebook and Twitterfeeds - updating all weekend.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Social Alternatives Journal Call for Poetry Submissions

Social Alternatives Call for Submissions – Poetry
Social Alternatives is looking for submissions of poetry for its next issue. The theme of the issue is 'Revisiting the cosmopolitan ideal' and while you are free to interpret this any way you want I am also happy to consider work that is not obviously linked to the theme. In general I am looking for work up tot 25 lines – but if think you have great poem which is longer I'm happy to have a look but be aware it is more difficult to place longer pieces.
Submissions can be sent by email to Mark Roberts, Poetry Editor: or mailed to (please include a SSAE) to:
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
The University of the Sunshine Coast,
Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia

La Mama's FREE Script Appraisal Service wants YOUR SCRIPT

For almost ten years La Mama has offered playwrights a free assessment service. We'll give detailed feedback on any play, regardless of the writer's level of experience. 

We understand it's no easy life or process writing for theatre, we seek to give an honest but constructive response, with the intention of assisting development of both the script and the writer's skills.

Currently, the assessor is Graham Downey.

All we require is your postal address and one copy of your script. We won't send assessments via email. We also won't normally return scripts, if you'd like a script returned, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We're happy to receive scripts by email:

We aim for a turnaround time of less than two months between our receiving your script and our mailing out an assessment. If you haven't received anything beyond two months please contact La Mama. Occasionally, pressure of work may impact turnaround time.

Our mailing address is: 
La Mama
205 Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Carlton, VIC 3053

Add us to your address book

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Poetry Brothels Rule!


The house was packed at the most recent New York event on Sunday, and satellites have sprung up in Barcelona, Paris, London, Caracas and Auckland. Featured readers like Paul Muldoon (the New Yorker poetry editor and Pulitzer prize winner) and Deborah Landau (director of creative writing at NYU) have moonlighted as poetry whores, lending the enterprise legitimacy and gravitas.

For the likes of Muldoon and Landau, the poetry brothel is something fun and different for a few hours. But for the lesser-known poets, there is real creative and financial benefit to a receptive listener who can provide feedback and monetary compensation. Private readings cost $10 ($20 for a featured reader) and tipping is common; a poet can make a few hundred dollars on a lucrative night.

(Thanks, Max Richards)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frank words

Poem - Sheila Murphy

A spindly and
transparent winter
parts from

the color snow,

of sticks
evening's pale

sky parted
from shared

- Sheila E. Murphy


Tim Minchin at the Theatre Walk, photo courtesy of Brett Hemmings

Tim Minchin the Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer, has been honoured with a bronze plaque on Arts NSW's Theatre Walk at Walsh Bay. 
Tim Minchin will join the 21 other theatre greats who have already been acknowledged through plaques set in bronze spotted around Pier 2/3, such as Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, John Bell AO OBE and Jack Weaver.
The Theatre Walk is a feature of the striking Walsh Bay Arts Precinct which accommodates the prestigious Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company

Monday, October 27, 2014

'Loose Change' open to your work now


Loose Change, a journal of new writing from the WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change in Atlanta, is relaunching in January with work by Charles Alexander, Eric Baus, Pam Brown, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin, Miranda Mellis, Simon Perchik, Deborah Poe, Joanna Ruocco, and Keith Waldrop, among others, and is still accepting submissions of previously unpublished work through November 15. 
We are especially interested in receiving more submissions of innovative prose and submissions in all categories (poetry, fiction, lyric essay, plays/libretti, and hybrid) for our special portfolio, “Sexted Up—Wording In—Gen(d)re Qweery,” to be included inside the general, non-themed issue.
We are interested in work that comes out of various traditions to move them forward, break them apart, reinvent or explode them. We want familiar modes made new and strange forms that renew us. Please review our submission guidelines before sending your work. We only accept electronic submissions through our submissions manager.

Loose Change on the Wor(l)d! Submit your challenging and ambitious best by November 15.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

John Berryman turns 100.

BY DANIEL SWIFT at click here

The Heart Is Strange

John Berryman saw birthdays as imaginative opportunities. Lecturing at Princeton in March 1951, he pictured Shakespeare on his 30th birthday. “Suppose with me a time, a place, a man who was waked, risen, washed, dressed, fed, congratulated, on a day in latter April long ago,” he began, “about April 22, say, of 1594, a Monday.” A birthday is a chance to greet across time: to hail a predecessor. In a late poem, Berryman addressed Emily Dickinson. It is December 10, 1970, and in “Your Birthday in Wisconsin You Are 140” he raises his glass to her. “Well. Thursday afternoon, I’m in W——,” he writes, “drinking your ditties, and (dear) they are alive.” A birthday is a moment of invention. The climax of his long poem “Homage to Mistress Bradstreet” is a violent, beautiful childbirth. “No. No. Yes! everything down / hardens I press with horrible joy down,” shouts Anne. “I did it with my body!” Close to the end of The Dream Songs, the cycle for which Berryman is best known, he writes: “Tomorrow is his birthday, makes you think.” John Berryman was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, on October 25, 1914, and this year marks his centenary.

Read on - a rich article all about Berryman and his major works - HERE

"Dream Song 76 (Henry's Confession)"

Nothin very bad happen to me lately.
How you explain that? —I explain that, Mr Bones,
terms o' your bafflin odd sobriety.
Sober as man can get, no girls, no telephones,
what could happen bad to Mr Bones?
—If life is a handkerchief sandwich,

in a modesty of death I join my father
who dared so long agone leave me.
A bullet on a concrete stoop
close by a smothering southern sea
spreadeagled on an island, by my knee.
—You is from hunger, Mr Bones,

I offers you this handkerchief, now set
your left foot by my right foot,
shoulder to shoulder, all that jazz,
arm in arm, by the beautiful sea,
hum a little, Mr Bones.
—I saw nobody coming, so I went instead.

- John Berryman