Poetry London, Magma, New Welsh Review, Two Ravens

Published : Monday, July 02, 2012 | Label:

There’s been small outbreak of my poetry in the UK.

Two poems, “WIth Sarasvati Tonight Under the Lemon Gum” and “Painted Honeyeater Against a Blue Field” appear in the summer issue of Poetry London, just launched at Poetry Parnassus in London: http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk/

“Late Mozart”, a poem I wrote for Canadian poet Jan Zwicky, appears in Magma 53, an issue on a musical theme: http://magmapoetry.com/.

And I have a long poem in Wales’ leading literary journal, New Welsh Review, issue 97, out in mid July: http://www.newwelshreview.com/.

In November, three poems,…


Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, 21–22 July 2012

Published : Monday, July 02, 2012 | Label:

Bowral, it turns out, is one of the world’s book towns. One of the few. Not before time, I guess, we’re holding our first literary festival, over the weekend of 21 to 22 July.

A lively program, dreamed up by Michaela Bolzan, who’s hatched the festival all on her own, showcases poets, playwrights, philosophers, comedians, novelists, journalists, and Amanda Hayward, e-publisher of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Guests include Kirsten Tranter, Katherine Thomson, Frank Moorhouse, Richard Glover, Sue Woolfe, Skye Rogers, Kate Forsyth, and Serge Dansereau, who’s cooking us all dinner.

I’m up…


Rhythm & Muse

Published : Saturday, June 02, 2012 | Label:

Poet Lizz Murphy sent me some smart questions recently—about poetry and the life that leads to it and the life that it leads to—and I answered them on a train in Canada in late April, and now she’s posted the Q & A on her blog, A Poet’s Slant: http://lizzmurphypoet.blogspot.com.au/


Poetic Manoeuvres in the Dark and on the Television

Published : Monday, May 28, 2012 | Label:

Tuesday 29 May, 11 am: ABC 1 (TV) Shortcuts samples a reading I gave in the Jenolan Caves on 13 May, at a Sydney Writers’ Festival event I shared with David Brooks, Brenda Saunders, David Malouf, and Judy Beveridge. Watch highlights and link to the full reading here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2012/05/28/3511401.htm

Here’s a direct link to my reading on Shortcuts: http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/22460

The full reading airs on Wednesday 6 June.

“Poetry, like jazz, works best/ too late and in the dark.”

The opening lines of my poem “Jazz; or, every poem is a…


The Weather of Who We Are

Published : Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Label:

A talk I crafted from Australia’s Wild Weather, “The Weather of Who We Are”, aired on Radio National (Ockham’s Razor) at 9:45 am, Sunday 20 May 2012.

Here’s the link:

At which you can hear a podcast and download the transcript.

A second piece, “A Poet’s Guide to Climate Change:, will air later this year.


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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