We went to see my daughter Amy in Melbourne for a few days. In a nice piece of serendipity I was able to stay an extra day and accept the invitation to the launch of Rabbit Poetry’s 7th edition The Sound Issue which includes my poem the girl on the train to Shikama. The poem appears as text in the substantial 176 page book as well as an audio version which was a collaboration with ccmixter’s Melody Romancito (aka Calling Sister Midnight.) Thanks to organiser/ editor-in-chief Jessica Wilkinson for inviting me to perform the poem live at the launch last night. It was also a pleasure to hear and meet π.O. , Ania Walwicz, Tim Grey, Autumn Royal and Susan Hawthorne as well as Jess herself. And thanks to π.O. for generously giving me a copy of his latest experimental magazine UNUSUAL WORK.
I was pleased to see that both Max and Jacqui Merckenschlager have a song and poems on the 25 track CD. Max magnanimously gave me a copy of his Sorry Day Song some years ago and I played it to my music students at Woodcroft Primary. It’s great to see this beautifully-produced song getting exposure at a national level.
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