On the 4th of November, I was one of 20 poets invited to read at Manly Art Gallery. All of the poems responded to images from The Natural Collection, an exhibition of prints showing at the Manly Art Gallery from 19 October 2018 – 17 March 2019. My poem titled “orchid inventory” responded to Rebecca Baird’s Bauer’s ‘Midge Orchid’, pictured left. My piece was also selected to be one of 3 poets from the reading published at Verity La. You can read the poem, along with gorgeous poems written by Judy Johnson and Justine Poon here: https://verityla.com/2018/11/16/the-spirit-of-nature-2018-manly-art-gallery-poetry-alive-reading/ The full suite of poems performed can be found at this month’s Australian Poetry Collective, issue #29: http://meusepress.tripod.com/apc.htm
A new(ish) poem of mine, “Carbon Black”, was featured in The Canberra Times’ Panorama arts section this weekend (November 10, 2018). Editor Lizz Murphy was kind enough to send me a copy. Lizz does a brilliant editing job and I’ve always admired the poems she has selected, so pleased she picked one of mine this weekend.
I’m delighted that a poem of mine has been published in a new anthology To End All Wars, published by Puncher & Wattmann and edited by Dael Allison, Anna Couani, Kit Kelen, and Les Wicks. The book explores the centenary of Armistice, and will be launched 3pm Saturday 27 October at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW. An Earshot programme based on the anthology will air on Radio National Mon 5th November 11am on Radio National, repeated Sat 10th November 1.30pm.
A collaboration titled “Decisiveness & Pleasure” which I did with Annelyse Gelman for the Digital Writers Festival 2017 has been chosen as a Curator’s Choice and Showcase Feature in the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival. The film features vocals from Jason Grier, words by Annelyse and visuals from me (including a few in-person cameos). Very excited that this piece will be getting another outing.
My poem “Cartouche”, an ekphrasis based on the print ‘Frosty Night Cartouche’ by Jock Clutterbuck has been awarded ‘Open Highly Commended’ and published in the Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2018. Of the poem, judge Helen Lucas said “The commended poem, Cartouche, makes the most of the limited lines – it is well edited and feels complete. The poet has clearly taken joy working with this abstract image to construct a narrative.” I did enjoyed the writing of this poem and as ‘Frosty Night Cartouche’ is one of eight prints in the ‘Baldessin & Friends commemorative folio which was conceived as a way to honour George Baldessin’s memory, I explored the notions of the friendship, loss, and the celebration of Baldessin’s life that Clutterbuck would have been working with in his painting.
Plumwood Mountain hasn’t been operating for a long time, but it is fast becoming known as one of the most inspiring websites for eco-poetics in Australia. This is primarily due to the quality of its publications, which includes the marvellous (and free) Hope for Whole e-book, as well as interviews, book reviews, essays, photography and bi-annual issues, guest-edited by some of the most exciting names in Australian poetry. I’m very pleased to have a poem in the latest issue, guest edited by Bonny Cassidy, whose editorial alone is worth clicking for. Check it out here: https://plumwoodmountain.com/2018/08/01/plumwood-mountain-volume-5-number-2-is-now-live/
I’m very pleased to have 4 poems in the new issue of the fantastic, hand-crafted zine Have Your Chill published by Pete Spence’s Donnithorne Street Press, and includes some gorgeous work by the likes of Anne Elvey, Jo Langdon, Pam Bronw, Linda Stevenson, Michele Seminara, Kate Lilley and many others. Copies are available from Collected Works bookshop in Melbourne.
I’m delighted that one of my poems, “Riparian Zone” has been selected for inclusion in Ginninderra Press’ Wild anthology. The anthology has been edited by Joan Fenny, and contains 159 poets from across Australia, exploring the many facets of ‘wild’ – human, animal, environmental and metaphorical and will be launched on the 8th of July as part of Ginninderra Press’s 10 year celebrations in Port Adelaide.
Carol Smallwood asked me a bunch of questions over at The Bookends Review including such things as where my interest in books first materialised (in the womb?), on Compulsive Reader, and Unmaking Atoms including a sample poem, “Redhead Beach” which was highly commended in the Morisset show (a show poem!). Check it out here: http://thebookendsreview.com/2018/05/16/interview-w-magadalena-ball/