Brilliant poet and close friend Matt Hetherington and I co-wrote ‘extract absism’ for Rabbit COLLABORATIONS. Thanks to Jess Wilkinson and Jacqui Malins for including it in this issue which features poetic cooperations by Anna Jacobson and Pascalle Burton, Caren Florence and Melinda Smith, Miriam Wei Wei Lo and Jenny Potts Barr, Pooja Mittal Biswah and Joseph Jude, Quinn Eades and Francesca Rendle-Short and many more. You can order a copy here.
And thanks to Nat O’Reilly for including my poem ‘Duplex’ in Antipodes 35 which features beauties by David Adès, Joel Deane, Rosanne E. Licari, Felicity Plunkett, Brendan Ryan, Feana Tu’akoi and Ouyang Yu, among others. You can read the issue here.
Thanks to Nadia Rhook and Caitlin Maling for including my poem ‘Cranes’ — a terse-set, a form I invented; ‘terse-set’ is my pun on ‘tercet’ — in Cordite NO THEME 12. You can read the full issue, with poems by Manisha Anjali, Bron Bateman, Michelle Cahill, Luoyang Chen, Eileen Chong, Lisa Collyer, Liam Ferney, Jill Jones, Jo Langdon, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, KA Rees, Alicia Sometimes, Andrew Sutherland, Anders Villani, Becca Wang and many more, here.
And thanks to Angela Gardner and Carmen Keates for including three poems first published in Like to the Lark in foam:e Issue 20 which features beauties by Steph Amir, Steve Brock, Luoyang Chen, Emilie Collyer, Jane Downing, Jill Jones, Ella Kurz, Jo Langdon, Alyson Miller, Sam Morley, Isabella G. Mead, Terry Nguyen, Keith Nunes, Damen O’Brien, Kristian Radford, Caroline Reid, Nathan Shepherdson, Emma Simington, Beth Spencer, Jen Webb, Sean West and Janet Jiahui Wu.
Can’t wait to catch up with friends and family at Opening Night: Thursday April 20 7:00pm Auditorium 2 State Library of Queensland A free event, but bookings are required.
And I’m really looking forward to listening/talking/reading from my latest collection, Like to the Lark (Upswell Publishing, 2023), at these events:
Playing With Poetry with Dan Hogan and Huda the Goddess, hosted by Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Friday April 21 12:30–1:30pm Auditorium 2 State Library of Queensland. Book your tickets here.
The Reading Room — Evenings with Pooja Mittal Biswas and Dan Hogan. Friday April 21 5:30–6:30pm Auditorium 2 State Library of Queensland. Book your tickets here.
The QPF2023 line-up includes Cassandra Atherton, Jarad Bruinstroop, Pascalle Burton, Shastra Deo, Jane Frank, Angela Gardner, Rebecca Jessen, Kent MacCarter, Janaka Malwatta, Nathan Shepherdson, Anders Villani, Samuel Watson and Jessica Wilkinson. Read about all the poets and performers here.
Really lovely to wake, yesterday, to Maggie Ball’s generous, moving, eloquent review of Like to the Lark. (Maggie’s latest collection Bobish is out now with Puncher & Wattmann.)
Here’s a excerpt:
‘Like to the Lark is a fantastic primer for anyone looking to learn more about poetic forms such as sonnets, sestinas, tritinas, duplexes, pantoums, ghazals, prose poems and villanelles. However, the forms never feel constrained or overt. They feel integral, fresh and natural to the work. In many ways the book charts a coming of age: growing up gay in a small Tasmanian town, memories of the past, rape, drug use, love and loss mingling with climate anxiety, recovery and emotional growth. There is such exuberance in these poems—delight in language and what it’s capable of, and subversive trickery that is somehow both charmingly naughty and reverent at the same time. Like to the Lark is a rich and pleasurable book, each poem revealing its many layers on re-reading.’
Delighted to announce Like to the Lark and Willo Drummond’s stunning debut poetry collection Moon Wrasse (Puncher & Wattmann) will be launched on Thursday 16th March at Marrickville Pavilion by award-winning poet and critic (and close friend) Felicity Plunkett, whose most recent collection is A Kinder Sea (UQP, 2020).
Really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and reading some of these poems!
Thanks to Prue Gibson and Amanda Lucas-Frith for including my poem ‘Wuray’ in The Herbarium Tales, a special issue of Plumwood Mountain, alongside beauties by Samuel Wagan Watson, Felicity Plunkett, Dakota Feirer, Michelle Cahill and Luke Patterson. This project ‘seeks to find out how plant-human connections have changed and asks what relevance herbarium collections hold in a changing world.’
You can read ‘Wuray’ here and the full issue here.
I’ve a duplex about the emu bush from its own point of view in Mascara Literary Review Issue 28 (thanks to eds Michelle Cahill, Anthea Yang, Monique Nair) and another, about trauma, The Tempest and transformation (tw: rape), in Antipodes 35.1 (thanks to ed Nathanael O’Reilly).
Both poems also appear in Like to the Lark, out soon with Upswell Publishing. You can pre-order a copy here.
What does an eight word story look like? What would an old church say if it could speak? How do you be a good gay in a small town?
In Part 2 of Like to the Lark’s podcast episode (tw: sexual violence) Meesha Williams and I also talk about queering and querying language, perspectives on the moon, and how being a poet might affect your dating life. And I read another poem — ‘Moon’s Étude’ — from the collection.
Loved chatting with the brilliant Meesha Williams for the brand-new Upswell Podcast series.
In Part 1 we talk about Like to the Lark‘s origins, forms, experiments, subversions and queerings plus I read some poems — ‘In Heaven I‘ll be quite normal (or, Pentina to Doone Kennedy, after The Smiths)‘ and ‘Duplex‘ (In the beginning I was a house).
At the end of Like to the Lark is Notes on Form in which I write about music, sound, form and transformation, all of which underpin the collection. Thanks to Felicity Plunkett for suggesting and editing the piece and to Terri-ann White for supporting and reproducing it at Upswell‘s website.