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/
“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 pre-purchase, visit Ginninderra Press: https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/store.php?product/page/2354/Magdalena+Ball+%2F+The+Density+of+Compact+Bone
Or, and for a very limited time, hit me up for an autographed copy at the pre-launch price of $20 and I’ll pay your postage.
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/
This gorgeous new anthology, Poetry for the Planet, edited by the wonderful Julia Kaylock and Denise O’Hagen, is being released on the 13th of October. 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.
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
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/
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
On Wednesday the 18th of August, 7pm AU EST I’ll be reading poetry with Damen O’Brien at the Sydney Poetry Lounge, live via Zoom (and I believe, recorded thereafter). I actually agreed to doing this gig in-person in Sydney at the usual venue The Friend In Hand Hotel Glebe some time ago when it looked like Covid-19 might be behind us, but alas, it’s with us still, so Zoom we must. On the upside it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, locked down or not, you are welcome! The details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1213559002390451/?ref=newsfeed
I’ve been invited by the wonderful Elizabeth Guyon Spennato to participate in a live, mostly French, Instagram poetry reading on Sunday 16th of May, 10pm AU EST (that’s 2pm Paris time). I’m normally barely conscious at 10, but the idea of connecting with a group of poets reading in other languages is too good to resist. I’ll post up the recording here, but otherwise, if you head over to Instagram and follow me https://www.instagram.com/maggieball1 you should be able to watch the whole live hour if you’d like. I’m up first.