Pushcart Prize nomination

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.

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.