I’m pleased to announce that Concise Delight have selected three of my poems for publication in their inaugural issue!
Specifically two haiku and a recent rework of one of the first poems I wrote.
Check out the Concise Delight website. Looking forward to ordering a copy or three!
I’m in the same journal as Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. Happy? Pleased? Thrilled? Am I what?
I had the good fortune to attend the kick off for 2009 of Wordplay, the monthly gig hosted by Geoff Lemon which has now moved to the more spacious surrounds of the Dan O’Connell in Carlton. Given recent sad events it was also turned into a fundraiser for a poet who had suffered and lost in the recent bushfires.
We were entertained by the spiritual and thoughtful Simon Cox, Joelistics (musician and rap artist with TZU) got us moving, we were blown away by the picturesque story telling of Eleanor Jackson and beguiled at the end by the work of Kevin Brophy.
Go check out their website, listen to the mp3s of previous gigs, download a copy of the Wordplay mag that they’ve just launched. It’s all worth your time.
The theme of “Secrets” sees my poem “Mokita” somewhere in the middle, go to EclecticZine now and download the PDF file of Issue #2! Following the link will open it in a new window.
Reading: T.S. Eliot – Preludes
Listening: The Doves – Black And White Town
On Tuesday I skived off work to make my merry way down to Flinders St. for the Moving Galleries launch. I bumped into a bunch of fellow poets, some who I’d not seen in a long time, some I only knew by name and reputation.
The project organisers and Lynn Kosky (State Minister for Transport and the Arts, a fortuitous combo of portfolios, no?) made with the speeches. I was pleased to hear this project will have funding to run bi-annually for the next three years.
Speeches over, we were shepherded down to Platform 14 to wander along the length of one of forty trains that will be bedecked in artwork and poetry. Naturally, every one went hunting for their part of the whole. Cameras were brandished as people posed beside their work (see right).
You Melbournians who catch the train on a regular basis, keep an eye out for the Moving Galleries project. Lots of lovely stuff to read and look at. If you happen to see my work on your train, please comment here, I’d love to know who sees it and when! Everyone received a copy of their artwork (text or visual), mine is sitting coiled in its cardboard tube, waiting for a trip to the framers.
Reading: Ian McBryde – The Shade of Angels
Listening: Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Looking forward to the launch of the Moving Galleries project for 2007/8. Appropriately enough, it will be taking place at Flinders St. Station.
Very tickled by the idea that I might see my work in a train while on my way to work. Hopefully I shall have photos to share as well!
Reading: Roger McGough – Collected Poems
Listening: Something For Kate – Pinstripe
It would seem my decision to make a whole bunch of submissions at once was a good move, I’ve been accepted by the Moving Galleries project. Any good public transport suffering Melbournian would have had a chance to see the poetry published in trains over the last few years. Well, my work will be part of the next wave of train travelling poetry!
Currently reading: “If I Can Dream” – The Blackeyed Susans
So, the fine folk at Eclecticism will be releasing issue 2 of their online ‘zine in October. Working with the theme of “Secrets”, yours truly has a poem in there entitled “Mokita”. Issue one is currently available for download from the front page of their site.
Listening to: “Cloud On My Tongue” – Tori Amos
I’m pleased to say I’ve had work accepted for publication! After years of procrastination and then a sudden flurry of “Oh sod it, let’s just fire five or six off hither and yon and see what eventuates”, I scored a hit, a palpable hit!
I have that delightful taste of “Well, there’s one success, where’s the next one then?”
Listening: “Diamond Dogs” – David Bowie
Reading: “Selected Works of Shelley”