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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

POETICA Around Australia - from ABC Radio National

mage: Before the continent was traversed by white explorers, there was a commonly held belief among Australia's early colonists that an inland sea must exist in such a large land mass. This map was created in 1827 by Thomas J Maslen.

For this show, producer Mike Ladd read his way through 95 new Australian poetry books published in the last year or so. He says, "I favoured poems that looked out as well as in, captured a time and a place, embraced a wider politics, gave you something to feel beyond the default melancholy mode, but also something to think about; poems with wit and social comment. Also, some very polished, even beautiful writing, remains a page phenomenon, but radio is a sound medium; the poems have to communicate on being heard, not by being studied on the page. This selection was made with that in mind."

Supporting Information

List of poems:
‘The Curtain’ by Nathan Curnow from Radar, Walleah Press
‘The Catch’ by Andy Kissane from Radiance, Puncher and Wattmann
‘Tinned Pears and Dove Soap’ by Susan Austin from Undertow, Walleah Press
‘Love on a Brick’ by Tim Thorne from The Unspeak Poems and other verses, Walleah Press 
‘Outhouse Haiku’ by Andrew Lansdown from Inadvertent Things, Walleah Press
‘At A Famine Graveyard’ by Diane Fahey from The Stone Garden, Clouds of Magellan
‘Welcome’ by Tony Lintermans from weather walks in, Hybrid Publishers
‘Baby’ and ‘Miscarriage’ by Lucy Williams from internal weather, Walleah Press
‘A Farm Gate’ by Paul Magee from Stone Postcard, John Leonard Press
‘Regulator’ by Benjamin Dodds from Regulator, Puncher and Wattmann
‘Wireless’ by Todd Turner from Woodsmoke, Black Pepper
‘Double Glaze’ by Steve Brock from Double Glaze, Five Islands Press
‘Julia Gillard Observes Christmas’ and ‘Just So’ by Sandra Thibodeaux from Dirty H2O,Mulla Mulla Press
‘Port’ by Sarah Day  from Tempo, Puncher and Wattmann
‘How to Stop Writing’ by Paul Mitchell from Standard Variation, Walleah Press
‘Jit’ by Benedict Andrews from lens flare, Pitt Street Poetry
‘Birthbed’ by Annamaria Weldon from The Lake’s Apprentice, UWA Publishing

Sydney launch of CONTRAPASSO Magazine 6

Brisbane launch of two Walleah Press titles

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Jamie Oehler's CD - 'PAPER TIGER'

Paper Tiger

by Magnusson/Oehlers/Vanderwal

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    Have the physical CD with free download at the same time!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Paper Tiger via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around 15 September 2014

      $20 AUD or more


  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $13 AUD

Signs of the Times

Thanks to Peter Holland for this sign, posted in response to the chalkboard sign of a couple of days back. He shot it
down south somewhere in USA.

Shortlist of the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize

Hunter Writers Centre and the University of Newcastle are thrilled to announce the 
Shortlist of the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize Competition. 

Vale, Bobby Davis  David Ad├Ęs
Deadman Steve Armstrong
Uluru  Lisa Brockwell
Bracketing a Bursting House  Lachlan Brown
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
Green Point Bearings    Kathryn Fry
Ned Kelly Dreaming   Hilary Gilmore
States of Grace   Patrick Gleadhill
Red Riding Hood Grows Old  Debi Hamilton
Hell’s Bells   John Jenkins
Lost Geographies   Jill Jones
To the Picnic of Bears, a leg-up   Christopher Kelen
The Twilight Observatory    Jennifer Kornberger
Itinerary     Anthony Lawrence
Earlier  Rosanna Licari
Houdini in Australia   David Lumsden
Border Crossing   Caitlin Maling
At River Bend   Frances Olive
The All Australian Girl  Ian Pettit
Glass Letters   Felicity Plunkett
The Difference of Distance   Philip Radmall
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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jackson Mac Low on Public Access Poetry, Jan. 26, 1978

Great performance. Listen to it ALL - the complete experience is rounded by the last versions.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Puna Wai Korero - first anthology of Maori poetry in English

An aspiring Maori poet is shocked to be included in a publication alongside some of New Zealand's leading Maori writers.

It includes poems from revered established writers as well as new voices who come from different walks of life including
Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera and Hone Tuwhare.

Puna Wai Korero is the first ever anthology of Maori poetry in English.
... read more HERE
Puna Wai Korero will be released on 20th September.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Tom Collins Poetry Prize now open


Opening Date: September 1st 2014
Closing Date: December 15th 2014
Winners Announced: 23rd February 2015 at VoiceBox in Fremantle
Prizes: First $1000, Second $400, 4x Highly Commended $150, 4x Commended (certificate only)
Entry Fee: $10 for one poem, $15 for two, $20 for three (limit of three per author)
Max of 60 lines per poem
Work must be previously unpublished.
If you have any questions go to our competitions page or contact The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA
Phone: 08 9384 4771
Or click HERE to download a submission form and send in with your poem (under a pen name) to:
Postal Address:
FAWWA Competitions Secretary
PO Box 6180
Swanbourne WA 6910
Subject: FAWWA Competitions Secretary

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

2014 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition RESULTS

Thanks to everyone who entered the 2014 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition. We received 51 entries from Australia and 21 entries from Overseas. Altogether 288 haiku were entered.
A very special thank you to Maureen Sexton, from HaikuOz, for judging the haiku again this year. It is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to all the winners !
1st Prize Jan Dobb, Mawson ACT
one lone cloud
a curl of duck –down
sails the lake
2nd Prize – Samar Ghose, Stoneville WA
morning fog
from dewdrop to dewdrop
the dawn light
3rd Prize – Vanessa Proctor, Pymble NSW
rain squalls
settling into the hush
of the library
Highly commended – Dawn Bruce, St Leonards NSW
reed bed
the egret’s feathers
blushed by sunset
Commended – Duncan Richardson, Corinda, QLD
walking frames
lined up
their shadows
Commended -Tash Adams Gooseberry Hill, WA
wattle blossom
her hair
in bunches