New poems in Stilts Journal & Writ Poetry Review

Thanks to Emily O’Grady and Ella Jeffery for including my ‘Abecedarian on tension’ in Stilts Issue 7 alongside poems by Luke Best, Anne Elvey, Gavin Yuan Gao, Dženana Vucic and Rae White, and to Siobhan Hodge and Alexis Lateef for including ‘The morning fog (A Golden Shovel after Kate Bush)’ in Writ Issue 4 alongside poems by David Adès, Zenobia Frost, Rozanna Lilley, Felicity Plunkett and Michele Seminara.

New poem in the No News anthology

On 18 April, 1930, at 8.45pm, the BBC announced: ‘There is no news.’ Piano music played for the rest of the 15-minute bulletin.

So the story goes.

Happy to have a new poem, ‘Liebestod’, in Recent Work Press’ No News: 90 Poets Reflect On A Unique BBC Broadcast (eds Paul Munden, Alvin Pang, Shane Strange) alongside writing by Cassandra Atherton, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Lisa Brockwell, Tricia Dearborn, Tishani Doshi, Ranjit Hoskote, Joshua Ip, Helen Ivory, Andy Jackson, Jill Jones, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Helen Mort, Nathanael O’Reilly, Jessica Wilkinson and Yeow Kai Chai and plenty more.

You can watch my recording of ‘Liebestod’ here and buy a copy of No News here.


Readings for Queensland Poetry Festival and Newcastle Writers Festival

Queensland Poetry Festival’s administering a new series of readings called Panacea Poets, which appears twice-weekly at their YouTube channel. You can watch my reading of four poems — a Sugarcubes-sampling pantoum, a Martin Harrison cento, a Nigel Featherstone remix and a sonnet about ‘adapting proverbs’ (Stephen Guy-Bray) — here.

Twenty-five of the forty authors published in Scars: An anthology of microlit (edited by Cassandra Atherton and published by Spineless Wonders) recorded readings for Newcastle Writers Festival’s joanne burns Microlit Award event. You can watch the readings here and buy a copy of the anthology here.

Thanks to all at QPF and NWF, especially Zenobia Frost, Bronwyn Mehan and Cassandra Atherton.


New poem in Impossible Archetype

Thanks to Mark Ward for including my cento ‘couple(t)s’ in Issue 7 of Impossible Archetype alongside poems by Carole Anzovin, Maura Beste, Erica Gillingham, Jee Leong Koh, Travis Chi Wing Lau, Richard Leis, Jeff Mann, Stephen S. Mills, Eric Norris, Liz Quirke and Cyril Wong et al.

You can read the full issue here.

New poem in Plumwood Mountain

‘How does knowledge intersect with intuition, sensation and emotion to shape writings about plants?’ asks guest editor John Charles Ryan in his Editorial to Plumwood Mountain’s Plant Poetics issue. ‘How might poetry trouble the dominant perceptions of flora as beautiful objects, pleasing scenery or exploitable resources? How can we learn to approach the biosphere from an emplanted perspective—one recognising plant wisdom—rather than consigning the botanical to the background?’

Pleased to have a poem, ‘Call me Rose Dorothea. I prefer the word / for the thing to the thing itself.’, in this issue alongside beauties by Magdalena Ball, Michelle Cahill, Stuart Cooke, Jane Gibian, Tim Heffernan, John Kinsella, Vanessa Page, Anita Patel, Tracy Ryan, Brenda Saunders and Ben Walter et al. Thanks to John and Managing Editor Anne Elvey.

You can read the full issue here.

New poem in Australian Poetry Journal 9.2 ‘DIS—’

My poem ‘From The Morning’, about life after rape and some of the songs, poems, novels and landscapes that make it a mostly good one, appears in APJ 9.2 ‘DIS—’, guest-edited by Jennifer Harrison and Andy Jackson.

Dis–,’ writes Jackson in his foreword, ‘is the prefix that is pre-fix, before a broken situation or body is repaired. These poems capture and convey the tension and potency of such unresolved states.’

This issue also includes poetry by J V Birch, David Brooks, Quinn Eades, Gavin Yuan Gao, Anna Jacobson, Heather Taylor Johnson, Elif Sezen, Emily Sun, Saba Vasefi, Samuel Wagan Watson and Rae White.

If you’re an Australian Poetry subscriber you get a copy of ‘DIS—’ sent to you, or you can buy a copy here.

New work in Spineless Wonders’ SCARS anthology

Happy to have a short piece, ‘Old Habits Die Hard’, in Spineless Wonders’ SCARS anthology, which includes the winners and other finalists of the 2019 NWF/joanne burns Microlit Award, as well as writing commissioned by judge and editor Cassandra Atherton.

Congratulations to all, especially National Winner Kate Rees and Hunter Region Winner Shaynah Andrews, and thanks to Cassandra Atherton and to publishers Bronwyn Mehan and Spineless Wonders. 

You can order a copy of SCARS, which includes writing by Magdalena Ball, Jen Craig, Susan Francis, Benjamin Laird, Raelee Lancaster, Samuel Wagan Watson and Jessica Wilkinson, here.

New poem in Southerly 80! (exclamation mark Southerly’s)

Southerly Journal’s 80th (!) issue is out now and includes my poem ‘Pork Chops’, a prime sestina, my variation of the sestina in which the number of syllables in the title and in every line and in the poem (including the title) is a prime number.

This issue also includes poetry from joanne burns, Jocelyn Deane, Dave Drayton, Jonathan Dunk, Anne Elvey, Toby Fitch, Jane Gibian, Bronwyn Lovell, Beth Spencer, Gavin Yates and Grace Yee.

You can buy print and digital copies here and read free content (poetry, non-fiction/memoir/essays, fiction, reviews, and Jack Cameron Stanton’s interview with Michelle de Kretser) at the Long Paddock