I’m happy that five poems, all forthcoming in Glasshouses (UQP, August 2016), have been published at Australian Book Review as part of States of Poetry, ‘a major new project highlighting the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry’.
Queensland’s Editor is the lovely and talented poet and critic Felicity Plunkett (I highly recommend her debut collection Vanishing Point, which won the 2008 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize). You can read Felicity’s thoughtful introduction to States of Poetry – Queensland here.
There’s vibrant writing from fellow Queensland poets MTC Cronin, Lionel Fogarty, Sarah Holland-Batt, Ellen van Neerven (whose debut poetry collection Comfort Food is out now through UQP) and Nathan Shepherdson.
Also online are the poems from ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.
In other news, I’m currently reading Jordie Albiston’s extraordinary Jack & Mollie (& Her) (also out now through UQP). Poet, novelist and critic Geoff Page had this to say about Jack & Mollie (& Her): ‘Jordie Albiston’s new ‘long poem’ or ‘verse novel’ (call it what you will) is triumphantly experimental in both technique and content.’ Huzzah! Read Geoff’s ABR review in full here [$].