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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Saturday 13th January     
The very entertaining Tony Curtis is back!!

Tony Curtis was born in Dublin in 1955.  An award-winning poet, Tony has published ten warmly received collections.  His most recent title are 'Folk' (Arc Publications, 2011) 'Pony' with drawings and painting by David Lilburn (Occasional Press, 2013) and 'Approximately in the Key of C' (Arc Publications, 2015).
He has been awarded the Irish National Poetry Prize and the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia.
Tony has read his poetry all over the world to great acclaim. He is a member of Aosdána, established in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art.
Please join us to hear Tony Curtis, plus Open-mike this Saturday afternoon 2pm-4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge.

Read our blog to get some background on our magnificent guests.


  Over the next few weeks, we have the following wonderful features, with open-mike:

27-Jan-18 Arad Niksefat
3-Feb-18 Alexis Dubus (UK) + Katie Bennett
10-Feb-18 Arran Lodge + Gabriela Antonini
17-Feb-18 Anne Elvey (Vic)
24-Feb-18 Peter Burges + Patch Miller
… All, not to be missed …


Voicebox on 29th January at a new venue! 
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Sandie Walker and Kate Wilson
Café at The Rose
78 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle, Western Australia.

Issa Haiku

the dog chewing
the shuttlecock
comes running along

Issa 1818
tsuku hane wo inu ga kuwaete mairi keri
Shinji Ogawa comments, "To play shuttlecock is one of the New Year traditions. It is regarded as a girl's game. Issa's simple depiction of the dog easily induces the scene which the dog created behind it: a big fuss by a group of angry little girls in Sunday clothes." Sakuo Nakamura reads mairi in its sense of "pilgrimage" and so conjures a different picture: a family on their way to a temple, their dog following behind, "carrying a hagoita[battledore, early form of badminton] birdie in his mouth. Does he also go to visit the temple? All the family are laughing. Happy, happy..."


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

INTENSE - poetry workshop with Les Wicks

- poetry workshop with Les Wicks -
6 hours plus substantial prior editorial work in an extraordinary locale.
Venue: Community Hall, Dangar Island 
Saturday 10 March 10.45 to 5.00 with a 30” break for lunch (vegetarian, included in price).
This template has been a complete charge for everyone. One of the country’s leading poetry facilitators will be giving a workshop in Sydney. 
This project will consist of three components.
Everyone gets in advance a strategy sheet on editing their work. Then, participants will send four poems (maximum 30 lines each) to 14 days prior to the workshop. The poems with commentary will be distributed to the participants four days prior to their workshop. Participants should bring a copy of the entire commentary document to the workshop.
On the day of the workshop we will work intensively through each participant’s poems building on prior suggestions and experiencing a dynamic interplay of ideas/insights. 
Should they so wish, participants will have a chance to have a piece published in the e-mag Australian Poetry Collaboration, which is widely read and archived by the National Library’s Pandora.
It is strictly limited to only 8 attendees. 
Bookings must be made by 17 February.
Cost $100. 
Getting there: train Hawkesbury River or drive Brooklyn. Ferry departs at 10am. Fares 7.80 or 3.90 Conc. each way. Arrive early/leave later - wander through this unique community, have a swim!                                                           Further details & booking:

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Animated Sheet Music: "Au Privave" by Charlie Parker

Free Poetry Workshop

Summer of Love: Smash the State
with Allan Boyd

Date and Time

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm AWST


South Perth Library
cnr South Tce & Sandgate St
South Perth, WA 6151
Smash the State! is part of Poetry d'Amour's "Summer of Love" in conjunction with WA Poets Inc.

An experimental writing and performance poetry workshop with Allan Boyd (the antipoet). Smash the State! asks

Is poetry dead? What is Performance Poetry? What is a Slam? What is the antipoet? What exactly does FSU mean? Why should I kill my poetry? Are adverbs fascist?
Find out all the answers to all of the things in this not-stop three hour workshop. Join Allan Boyd (the antipoet) in this experimental, innovative, hands-on, creative writing workshop. Learn how to write and perform poetry in the 21st Century. Discover ways to unleash the sound, shape and energy of your written words. Come and fall in love with the sound of your own voice!
Free workshop

Thursday, December 21, 2017

issa haiku

I'd like that little one
for my gate...
billowing clouds
ISSA 1811
chisai no wa kado ni hoshisa yo kumo no mine
Or: "I'd like those little ones..." Issa sees the little cloud (or clouds) as suitable for his small, humble hut. /new.html

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The Best Australian Poems 2017
Edited by Sarah Holland-Batt

Mark Twain once wrote that when Benjamin Franklin wanted to fly his kite undisturbed on a Sunday, he used to hook a key on his kite string and tell any scandalised onlookers he wasn’t breaking the Sabbath, but rather ‘fishing for lightning.’ Reading for The Best Australian Poems 2017 feels very much like Franklin's fanciful hobby. You tell everyone how arduous and serious the job is, but secretly you spend your time joyously rummaging through journals, magazines, anthologies, individual books and submissions, compiling a long list of your favourites. Of course, the difficult part swiftly follows: you have to shave all those poems down to a tidy hundred. At the end of the process, though, I’m thrilled by this year’s haul. A few special highlights for me are Barry Hill’s moving elegy for the late great poet Fay Zwicky, which lands on the beautiful afterimage of Zwicky’s voice, ‘the old smoke still roiling in it’, Maria Takolander’s wonderfully spiky ‘Nox’, in which a wife composes a poem during a husband’s stint anaesthetised in the ER, and Jaya Savige’s exuberant echo-chamber ‘Fort Dada’, where language doubles in on itself in a serious of skilful refractions. There are more such favourites, of course – many more – and I hope readers will enjoy fishing for lightning in this year’s anthology themselves.
—Sarah Holland-Batt


Robert Adamson, Jordie Albiston, Cassandra Atherton, Luke Beesley, Judith Beveridge, Judith Bishop, Kim Cheng Boey, Ken Bolton, Peter Boyle, Margaret Bradstock, Lisa Brockwell, David Brooks, Pam Brown, Joanne Burns, Michelle Cahill, Lee Cataldi, Julie Chevalier, Eileen Chong, Jennifer Compton, Stuart Cooke, Shevaun Cooley, Judith Crispin, Sarah Day, Shastra Deo, B.R. Dionysius, Lucy Dougan, Laurie Duggan, Adrienne Eberhard, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Stephen Edgar, Anne Elvey, Russell Erwin, Diane Fahey, Michael Farrell, Susan Fealy, Liam Ferney, Luke Fischer, Toby Fitch, John Foulcher, William Fox, Angela Gardner, Lisa Gorton, Phillip Hall, Natalie Harkin, Jennifer Harrison, Dimitra Harvey, John Hawke, Dominique Hecq, Paul Hetherington, Barry Hill, Andy Jackson, Clive James, Carol Jenkins, A. Frances Johnson, Jill Jones, Rae Desmond Jones, Amanda Joy, Carmen Leigh Keates, Antigone Kefala, John Kinsella, Louis Klee, Mike Ladd, Anthony Lawrence, Bronwyn Lea, Jeanine Leane, Emma Lew, Cassie Lewis, Bella Li, Jennifer Maiden, Caitlin Maling, David McCooey, Peter Minter, Marjon Mossammaparast, Philip  Neilsen, Geoff Page, Claire Potter, Ron Pretty, Brendan Ryan,  Gig Ryan, Tracy Ryan, Philip Salom, Jaya Savige, Michael Sharkey, Melinda Smith, Vivian Smith, Maria Takolander, Heather Taylor Johnson, Andrew Taylor, Tim Thorne, Mark Tredinnick, Todd Turner, John Upton,  Chris Wallace-Crabbe, John Watson, Alan Wearne, Petra White, Jessica Wilkinson, Chloe Wilson, Fiona Wright and Fay Zwicky.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Anh Do wins the 2017 Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice Award


The painter, comedian and author has taken out the $3,500 prize for his portrait of actor Jack Charles.
Painter, comedian and author Anh Do has won the 2017 Archibald Prize ANZ People’s Choice Award for his portrait of Jack Charles. The artist interviewed and painted the actor – whose recent roles have included Uncle Jimmy in the ABC TV sci-fi series Cleverman and his stage production Jack Charles v the Crown – on his popular ABC show Anh’s Brush with Fame. The portrait is a vivid depiction of the actor, whose tumultuous life story was told in the 2008 documentary Bastardy, with hidden surprises – or Easter eggs – that reveal themselves on closer inspection.

“I feel very lucky that Jack let me paint his portrait for the Archibald prize. He’s an extraordinary Australian with a great face full of character. Jack has lived a big life and I enjoyed getting to know him and painting his portrait immensely,” Do said.

nb: I couldn't supply an image, and for this I apologise.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017