Lucy’s Story — the chimp, the poet, and the interspecies experiment that went weird

Fascinating conversation between Benjamin Dodds and Natasha Mitchell about Lucy the chimpanzee and Ben’s new poetry collection, Airplane Baby Banana Blanket, which reimagines Lucy’s extraordinary true story. You can listen to this Radio National Science Friction episode here.

You can register for the October 28, 2020 Zoom launch of Airplane Baby Banana Blanket here.

Launch of Benjamin Dodds’s Airplane Baby Banana Blanket

VERY excited about launching dear friend Benjamin Dodds’s second poetry collection Airplane Baby Banana Blanket on October 28, 7:30–9pm. Special guest Judith Beveridge will read selected poems from both Airplane Baby Banana Blanket and her own work. Join us by registering here (a Zoom link will be sent prior to the launch).

Airplane Baby Banana Blanket is out October 1 through Recent Work Press.

Airplane Baby Banana Blanket is as strange as it is compelling. Dodds raises essential questions about human responsibility. His vernacular immediacy and musical freshness charge every page, his narrative and lyrical strategies are exemplary. Long after I finished it, this book’s contrapuntal tensions made it unforgettable. —Judith Beveridge

Lost to history are the countless species we have hurtled into space,​ experimented with, or severed from their own kin and instincts. Viscerally, Dodds gives them back their agency in the most lyrical and poignant of ways. Lucy [Temerlin, Airplane Baby Banana Blanket’s protagonist] will never leave you. —Natasha Mitchell

New poem in The Moth

Happy to have a poem about surviving trauma in The Moth Magazine’s Autumn 2020 issue, alongside writing by Tusiata Avia, Sharon Black, Guy Gunaratne and Roger Robinson.

Thanks to guest editor David Stavanger for selecting ‘Sestina: Rape’ (dedicated to the memory of Anita Cobby, with a nod to Jonah Winter and A.E. Stallings) and to Moth editor Rebecca O’Connor for terrific edits. The issue’s out early September, but you can pre-order now.

The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry

Delighted to have an Elizabeth Bishop-tinged poem, ‘Hamlet without the Prince’, in The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, alongside writing by Jordie Albiston, joanne burns, Gary Catalano, Anna Couani, Alex Skovron, Samuel Wagan Watson, Ania Walwicz and many more.

The anthology’s edited by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington, published by Melbourne University Press and released on September 29, 2020, but you can pre-order your copy here.

Rabbit Issue 32: The FORM Issue is open for submissions of nonfiction poetry

Charmaine Papertalk Green (Nganajungu Yagu, Cordite Books, 2019) and I are guest co-editing Rabbit Issue 32: The FORM Issue, which seeks nonfiction poetry in any shape or form, which may be informed by, but not limited to, ideas relating to the body/bodies, configurations, structure, documents, appearance, architecture, ceremony, language, landforms, movement, philosophy and/or visibility.

What is nonfiction poetry? You can read founding editor Jessica L. Wilkinson’s ‘What is Nonfiction Poetry? Reflecting on Rabbit’s 30 issues’ here.

Submissions for Issue 32: The FORM Issue close midnight September 30, 2020.  

New poem in The Suburban Review

Thanks to guest editor Holly Isemonger for including my poem ‘Rockhampton (a sestina):’ in The Suburban Review Issue #18: REGIONAL VOICES alongside poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, illustrations and art by Faith Eadie, Nick Whittock, Lachlan Brown, Dan Hogan, Joshua Santospirito, Susie Anderson, Claire Collie, Tony Thorne, Brenton E McKenna and Stephani Beck.

You can order a copy here.

New poem in Rabbit

Happy to have hopped into Rabbit 30: The Long Poem (II), edited by Jessica Wilkinson.

My poem ‘C (note)’, a cento about length, longing, oblongs and so on, appears alongside poems by Adam Aitken, Jarad Bruinstroop, Anne Elvey, Toby Fitch, Lou Garcia-Dolnik, Gavin Yuan Gao, Claire Gaskin, Anna Jacobson, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Anders Villani and Ania Walwicz, among others.

The issue’s for sale here.