Had a wonderful time reading with Benjamin Dodds and open micers at Sydney Poetry Lounge last night. Missed the live stream? You can watch the recording here. Thanks to Daragh Byrne and everyone who zoomed in.
Happy my poem ‘I really hope you’re doing okay (A decaying sestina for & after Benjamin Dodds)’ hopped into Rabbit’s SCIENCE issue alongside writing by Aidan Coleman, Benjamin Dodds, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, Angelica Esquivel, Gavin Yuan Gao, Dominique Hecq, Eric Jiang, Damen O’Brien and Alison Zheng et al. Thanks to guest-editor Tricia Dearborn and Editor-in-Chief Jess Wilkinson.
You can order a copy here.
Valued at $10,000, the Red Room Poetry Fellowship encourages Australian poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publication outcomes.
I’m honoured to be judging this year’s fellowship alongside Jessica Alice and Tony Birch.
Applications close 5:00pm, Monday 22 February 2021.
On Wednesday February 17 from 7:30pm I’ll Zoom-read poems from Glasshouses and dear friend Benjamin Dodds poems from his brilliant second collection Airplane Baby Banana Blanket — we’ll read other poems too — for Sydney Poetry Lounge. Online only free event. Details and Zoom link here. Hope to see you!
Two bits of very lovely news!
My ‘Sestina: Rape’, first published in The Moth Issue 42, was included in Banshee Lit’s Best of 2020 reading list by Irish poet Mark Ward and will be presented alongside American poet Patricia Smith’s ‘Ethel’s Sestina’ by professor of poetry and queer theory Stephen Guy-Bray in his book on line endings in Renaissance poetry, which will end with a discussion of contemporary poems.
My ‘Little Gilt’, a queer retelling/mash-up of Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and Marelle’s ‘The True History of Little Golden-Hood’, is a finalist in the 2021 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award and will be published in its Pulped Fiction anthology. The shortlist and winners and details of the awards ceremony and book launch will be announced in early 2021.
Wishing everyone a peaceful end of the year! x
Some very lovely news — my ‘Triolet: Cerberus and Eros’ has been nominated by The Night Heron Barks for a Pushcart Prize. Thanks to wonderful Rogan Kelly and NHB’s wonderful editorial team and congratulations to fellow poets Lauren Camp, Jennifer Franklin, Airea D. Matthews, E.C. Messer and Chael Needle! Honoured to be included.
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.
My cento ‘Shy Riot’ appears in Marrickville Pause’s History issue alongside writing by Claire Albrecht, Gayelene Carbis, Jennifer Compton, Jocelyn Deane, Dave Drayton, Joel Ephraims, Liam Ferney, Chris Holdaway, Mitchell Ryan and Jaya Savige. Thanks to editor Jake Goetz.
You can read the issue here.
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