5 poems in Live Encounters

Five of my poems have been published in the 12th Anniversary issue of Live Encounters.  These include “Kingfisher at Night”, “Tracks”, “Ultimate Grey”, “Hedy and Zebra” and “Crossroads”.  This is a bumper multi-part publication beautifully presented, with many wonderful poets, and I’m thrilled to be included.  To go directly to the journal click here

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Plumwood Mountain is a marvel – all of their issues are terrific and this latest, Embodied Belonging: Towards an Ecopoetic Lyric is no exception.  In addition to editor Sophie Findlay’s marvellous introduction, there are lots of gorgeous poems. I’m very happy to have a poem in this issue titled “Anatomy of a Lemon”.  You can check out the whole issue here

Plumwood Mountain Volume 8 Number 1


Or go straight to my poem: https://plumwoodmountain.com/anatomy-of-a-lemon/

I recommend you read the whole issue. There are amazing poems here.

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Me and Ricky in Plus 61J Media

The wonderful Miriam Hechtmann has written a piece on my uncle and me for Plus61j.  In it Ricky and I talk about each other, our shared history, how we support one another, our Judaism, our creative work and more. You can read the piece here: https://plus61j.net.au/australia/maggie-and-i-are-like-jewish-fugitives-walking-in-the-same-direction/

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New book is now out!

My new poetry book Density of Compact Bone is now out from Ginninderra Press.  Of the book, the wonderful Ivy Ireland says:

“The poems of Magdalena Ball’s The Density of Compact Bone are utterly visceral, sometimes temporal, but never quite ephemeral – lines will ring out in waves inside the mind long after the final page has been turned. These poems are not only haunting, but haunted: by the sense of something undetermined gone missing and also by what is known to be lost. These are poems explored through the body; internal, intimate and yet filled with paradigmatic shifts: from personal grief to global keening, from the blurred landscape of raw human feeling to the clear data of exacting scientific analysis. Apocalypse is rife here, but this collection moves beyond a dissection of our end times. These poems are intelligent – at times almost mordantly so – meticulously crafted and ontologically restless, yet somehow Ball’s humour, unassuming warmth, and varied musings on the movement of birds, the colour of planets or the buzzing of bees, leaves the reader feeling as though they have been gifted a potent balm for the relentless wounding ubiquitous here in the Anthropocene.”

To purchase, visit Ginninderra Press: https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/store.php?product/page/2354/Magdalena+Ball+%2F+The+Density+of+Compact+Bone

Or you can buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Density-Compact-Bone-Magdalena-Ball/dp/1761091867/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Or best of all, ask for it from your local bookshop.  They should be able to get it in for you (and save you postage!).  Ebooks or hardcopies are available from most online retailers.

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Not Very Quiet: The anthology

I’m pleased to have a poem, “Rhythmic Oscillations,” in the Not Very Quiet Anthology edited by Moya Pacey & Sandra Renew and published by Recent Work Press. The book will be launched on Thursday the 25th of November 7-830 AEST on Zoom by Anita Patel, [Guest Editor NVQ, Editorial Board Recent Work Press].  You can pre-order copies from the Recent Work Press website:  https://recentworkpress.com/product/not-very-quiet-the-anthology/

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Poetry for the Planet

This gorgeous new anthology, Poetry for the Planet, edited by the wonderful Julia Kaylock and Denise O’Hagen is now available.  The anthology contains eco-themed poems from poets around Australia and New Zealand, and I’m very pleased to have a poem of mine included. The anthology can be purchased from the publisher Litoria Press here: https://www.litoriapress.com/poetry-for-the-planet-anthology

All profits go to The Australian Conservation Foundation.

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New poem in Milestones Anthology

My poem “Local Becoming” has been published in Ginninderra Press’ new anthology Milestones edited by Stephen Matthews.  The book, which includes work from 160 Ginninderra poets, can be purchased directly from Ginninderra Press

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New poem in Burrow September 2021: non-human companions

I’ve been spending the morning reading through the fabulous latest issue of Burrow, which features many wonderful poems written around a provocation of ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of non-human companionship?’  The responses couldn’t be more varied, but I think, without exception, they are all excellent, thought-provoking, and moving.

You can check out the whole issue here: https://oldwaterratpublishing.com/3225-2/

and my poem “Kussmaul Breathing” specifically here: https://oldwaterratpublishing.com/2021/08/31/kussmaul-breathing/

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Sapphic Touch Anthology

I’m delighted to have several poems in the beautiful new anthology Sapphic Touch edited by Suman Lahiry and Heidi Chappelow, along with many other poets whose work I love. The book will be launched online at and with Poetry at The Pub (PaTP) on 20th September, Monday, commencing at 7PM (AU EST).  Join in here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357596546072055?ref=newsfeed

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Conversation and reading at Poetry Central

I’ll be joining Poetry Central and the lovely Ketaki Datta for a lively conversation and poetry reading this Sunday at 2pm AU EST (930am Kolkata time). Please come and join in: meet.google.com/ibd-vkdk-ruf

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