New poems in Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians

A privilege to be a part of Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours, which ‘shares and celebrates the fascinating life stories of everyday Australians, including First Nations elders and migrants, and is based on one-on-one interviews with over forty participants’. The anthology is edited by Jessica L. Wilkinson and Cassandra Atherton, with Preface by Sarah Holland-Batt.

For this project I drank cuppas and chatted with two dear friends, Noel and Vallis, who live in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, then wrote the poems ‘NO-VA-MA-LE-A’ and ‘Just Between You and Me’. Thrilled these appear alongside poems by Carolyn Abbs, Ali Alizadeh, Cassandra Atherton, Lachlan Brown, Eileen Chong, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Aidan Coleman, Paul Hetherington, Siobhan Hodge, Jeanine Leane, Leni Shilton, Ben Walter, Nick Whittock and Jess Wilkinson.

You can order your copy of Memory Book here.

APJ 11.1 ‘local, attention’ out now

Loved guest-editing Australian Poetry Journal 11.1 ‘local, attention’ with the wonderful Claire Gaskin (whose latest collection, Ismene’s Survivable Resistance, is also out now, through Puncher & Wattmann).

This issue of APJ includes poems by Merlinda Bobis, Lachlan Brown, Gavin Yuan Gao, Keri Glastonbury, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Kristin Hannaford, Dominique Hecq, Matt Hetherington, Jill Jones, Felicity Plunkett, Beth Spencer, Prithvi Varatharajan, Dženana Vucic, Rae White and Jessica L. Wilkinson etc.

You can read the full Contents and our Foreword here and order your copy here.

New poem in Poetry Wales

So pleased my poem ‘Duplex’ (HIV Used to Be a Death Sentence) is in the summer issue of Poetry Wales, which you can pre-order here, alongside writing by Mary Jean Chan, Kate Clanchy, Hannah Lowe, Helen Mort and Marvin Thompson et al.

Thanks to editor Zoë Brigley for including this one, which takes its first line from an article published in TIME on World AIDS Day 2016.

The duplex is a wonderful form—‘a ghazal that is also a sonnet that is also a blues poem’—invented by American poet Jericho Brown. Jericho says more about the duplex here. You can read his ‘Duplex’ (A poem is a gesture toward home) here.

Island Magazine launches new website

Island Magazine recently launched a fab new website. I’m delighted my poem ‘Sonnet 29’, for dear Sandy Mitchell, is a part of the relaunch, alongside wonderful poems by Felicity Plunkett, Jill Jones, Cassandra Atherton, Jo Langdon, Ellen van Neerven, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Anne Kellas, Pete Hay, Sarah Day, Eileen Chong, Toby Fitch, Gavin Yates, A Frances Johnson, Yaaran Ellis, Chloe Wilson, Judith Beveridge, Graham Akhurst, Damen O’Brien, Jake Goetz, Belinda Rule, Ouyang Yu and Stephen Edgar + fiction, nonfiction and arts features.

You can read ‘Sonnet 29’ here and explore Island’s new website here.

New poems in foam:e

Marie Ponsot, who invented the tritina, described the small form as ‘the square root of the sestina’.

Thanks to editors Angela Gardner, Carmen Leigh Keates and Kerry Kilner for including my poems ‘Tritina after Sartre’ and ‘Bone Scan’ (a blackout poem after Gwen Harwood’s ‘Bone Scan’) in foam:e Issue 17, alongside writing by Jennifer Compton, Jake Goetz, Stu Hatton, Rose Hunter, A. Frances Johnson, Anthony Lynch, Thuy On, Shane Strange and Janet Jiahui Wiu, among others.

You can read the full issue here.

Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry 32: FORM out now!

I loved guest co-editing Rabbit 32: FORM with Charmaine Papertalk Green. Thanks to everyone who sent poems (1100!). Hope you’ll enjoy the 30 we selected (for full list of contributors click here). Huge thanks to Jessica Wilkinson and Team Rabbit.

This issue features artwork by Brendan Fitzpatrick and includes First Nations Poetry selected by Jeanine Leane, interviews with Ebony Stewart and Elena Gomez, essays by Derek Beaulieu, Josie/Jocelyn Deane and Antonia Pont & Oliver Driscoll, reviews, Rabbit homework with Dave Drayton and more!

Order your copy here.