August

Things literary in August:

12th.  Jennifer Liston and I launch Epicurean, an ekphrastic collection of poems based on SALA artworks on the theme of food, @ Campbelltown ArtHouse. We hope to publish the collection early in 2019.

16 th.  I did my first public performance of my short memoir ‘Holding on’ at TenX9 Storytelling event, The Jade, Adelaide.

5th Guest reader at Southern Performers Interactive Network, to promote gods for a new world, Duke’s Café, Moana.

 

July

My July writerly events:

1st : Launch of Belinda Broughton’s book A Slip of the Tongue. From my blurb on the back cover: “This is distilled cartography of a woman’s life. From a child’s-eye view of drought and hardship in the outback to the pains and love of motherhood, Broughton turns her lens of brevity and poignancy on a rich life.” Beautiful poetry.

4th No Wave poetry featuring Michael Aitken, Dom Symes, Cary Hamlyn and Matthew Morison at the Wheatie.

7th: To celebrate its 40th anniversary and twenty years at Port Adelaide, Ginninderra Press had a weekend of celebrations. I was part of a panel discussion ‘What good does poetry do?’ at Tea Tree Gully Library.

8th. Launch of Ginninderra’s Wild Anthology at East Ave Books, Clarence Park. I performed my poem treecreeper from the book.

10th Launch of gods for a new world, my Ginninderra Press Pocket Poets chapbook at Halifax Café.

24th. I launched Ian Coull’s latest poetry book On the Road to Somewhere Else at Halifax Café

  

June

So here are the writerly things that happened in June:

12th. Caroline Reid’s excellent creative writing workshop at Once and Again Café, Plympton Park.

15th. Laurie Anderson performing and talking about her latest book ‘All the Things I Lost in the Flood’ Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Laurie’s essays HERE.

 

back online

This website has gone dark for a few months. No I’m not back in China. At the end of last year we left our home of thirty years in Cherry Gardens in the Adelaide Hills and moved to suburban Adelaide. Since then we’ve been renovating my wife’s childhood home for an average of 60 hours a week. There’s still been time at night to write and publish but the blog has been allowed to slide…

Over the next few weeks I’ll give a summary of what I’ve been up to each month…

process

The poem.
I wrote process poetry 2 while I was a resident artist at Adelaide City Library. The theme of the 4 week residency was ‘Lost & Found’ so I began by composing a found poem exploring the idea of lost and found and defining what a poem is. I often begin a poem by writing notes or a stream-of-consciousness, then remove unnecessary words. It occurred to me that the logical conclusion – and the perfect poem – might be the blank page you started with.
I guess it’s also a bit of a dig at the whole fad of ‘found poetry.’ There’s an awful lot of pretty bad poetry which consists of the random assemblage of lists and lines stolen from text books, newspapers and other people’s poems.

process poetry 2

start with a fragment.
or bruise.

words and phrases piled
like lost property

POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy)
is an endoscopic procedure used
to treat swallowing disorders.

writing poetry is no easy task.

Eran Hadas built a tool
that can read your brainwaves
and generate poetry
that reflects your thoughts.*

Remove unnecessary words
until you are left
with a blank page.

Marvel at its whiteness.

[* the stanza in italics is a quote from Wired Magazine. http://www.wired.co.uk/arti…

First published in malevolent soap Vol. 1 (ed. Felix Garner Davis)
ISBN 978-0-646-97882-6
October, 2017

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the music.

I remixed 3 works by Bluemillenium and merged it with my poem on ccmixter.org

LISTEN HERE