Published : Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | Label:

Sharon Blackie and David Knowles of Two Ravens Press in the UK have just published Entanglements: New Ecopoetry. I’m delighted to have three poems in this lovely anthology: “Owls”, “Dress Rehearsal”, and “Reading the Gita Again in Early Spring”, all unpublished work.

The editors describe Entanglements as “an anthology of new poetry driven by the joy of our intimate entanglement with life—set against the spectacle of a planet-wide ecological catastrophe of our own making.” It contains some wonderful work. My favourite is Alice Oswald’s poem “Sharpham House”, which closes the book. Jorie Graham’s in here; so, too, Les…


Four Feathers on the Breath of God: Some Poems in Eureka Street

Published : Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Label:

I have four poems in the online journal Eureka Street today (Tuesday 18 September 2012): http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=33210

The poems are “Transit of Venus”, “Overgrown Wisteria Haiku”, “The Drama of Survival”, “The News (Poetry Tells)”.

It happens that the first literary work I ever had published appeared in Eureka Street, way back when it used to be printed on paper: a review essay of Barbara Blackman’s memoir, Glass After Glass.

So it’s feels good to have some work in there again.

Here’s the link to Eureka Street’s home page, a journal of news,…


Bluewrens, Post-pastorals and Musical Justice: An interview in New Welsh Review (online) 97

Published : Tuesday, September 04, 2012 | Label:

New Welsh Review has just posted a long Q & A I did with poet Kath Stansfield: http://www.newwelshreview.com/article.php?id=344#pagetop

Starting with “Margaret River Sestets"—a West Australian poem by an East Coast Australian, which recently won the Cardiff Prize—we range wide and dive deep: metaphor, eros and play in lyric poetry; the wild music of poetry and places; how one catches the lyric, joins the jazz, of places, and why that still (more than ever maybe) matters; pastorals and post-pastorals and odes; the ethics and aesthetics and politics of writing the betrayal of nature we have all been…


Opening Lines

Published : Thursday, August 16, 2012 | Label:

I’m reading this Sunday with Lizz Murphy in Yass (NSW).

Lizz—fine poet, indefatigable and visionary poetry entrepreneur—has organised the gig, “Opening Lines”, the first in a series, I think, featuring local Southern Tablelands poets.

The event, at The Oddfellows’ Hall (which seems a good name), 67 Comur Street, Yass, is supported by Poetry Australia, STARTS and the ACT Writers’ Centre. IT starts at 2 pm and includes an open mike.

Inquiries: 02 6226 5806.

I’m going to read some brand new poems I’m excited about, along with some older favourites. Come along.…


“Margaret River Sestets” wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012

Published : Thursday, July 19, 2012 | Label:

Literature Wales has just announced that my poem “Margaret River Sestets” has won the Cardiff International Poetry Prize for 2012


The prize attracts entries from all over the world, and it carries prize money of 5000 pounds.

My poem, written a little while ago in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, will appear in the New Welsh Review in September, along with the poems that placed second and third.

Australian poet Rhiannon Hall has posted her reading of my poem on her blog: http://rhiannonhall.blogspot.com.au


What’s Writing For

What makes writing worth writing—and reading—is what the story or the poem achieves beyond the tale it tells: its music, its wisdom, its form, the way it makes the ordinary world beautifully strange. A good tale is only good, in other words, if the telling is sound and memorable. It’s the voice and mood, the arc and flow, the poetry of the writing that endure when the storyline fades.


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