CivilityIt can be a bit old hat to bang on about the decline of manners. I maintain that we can learn a lot from the Japanese.

I recorded this essay at the ABC’s Ultimo studios in Sydney about a year ago. It went to air on  ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor series in May 2015:

Excerpt: Listen or read HERE.

Complete audio and transcript: Listen and read HERE.

tropeland live


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My Radio Adelaide interview with Alicia Moraw. I perform ‘surprises’, ‘the girl on the train to Shikama’, ‘lines written in himeji’, ‘haru/ spring’ , ‘termites’, ‘If I were a subjunctive clause’ and ‘seeing it all clearly while my glasses are being repaired’ and chat about the little moments which inspired the poems:

a short story and 7 haiku

HopeI forgot to mention on the blog that I had these published in Transnational Literature (based at Flinders University) last November. “Cigarette” began in Himeji in 2008 but took another six years to end up in this short form:

Seven haiku appeared in the same publication:

the garron readings

GarronLogoWhat a privilege it was yesterday to perform a few of my poems with some of Adelaide’s best poets. At Wakefield Press, Mile End, Garron Publishing celebrated its fabulous chapbooks with readings from Mike Ladd, Rachael Mead, Jules Leigh Koch, Aidan Coleman, Louise Nicholas, Jelena Dinic, Helen Lindstrom, Sharon Kernot, Gary MacRae, Steve Evans, Jude Aquilina….. and David Adés in absentia (David currently lives and works in Pittsburgh so Rachael and I read his two poems from War Music.) I read my Albert’s Armistice and ANZACS from the War Music chap and radiology (a collaboration with Maggie Ball) and resolution/D-generation from Policies & Procedures which will be out around September.

Thanks to Michael Bollen and Margot Lloyd from Wakefield Press and Gary MacRae and Sharon Kernot from Garron for the opportunity to be on the same stage (well, 3 trucking pallets really) and appreciate once again how much poetic talent we have in this modest city!



Garon Readings Mike Ladd, Rob Walker, Jules Leigh Koch Rob@Wakefield

thanks julie maclean

water-dropsJulie Maclean is a great poet with a great blog. Reading her website has introduced me to both her work and a lot of interesting journals and websites that have published her work. This month she’s kindly featuring me and some poems from tropeland. I appreciate your generosity Julie! Please have a look at