page seventeen – issue 8 is out!

A big list of great pieces lurks beneath the leaves of this issue, much bigger than the one I’ve lazily copied from the web but nonetheless, inside you’ll find work by

Graham Nunn, Ivy Alvarez, David Prater, Amelia Walker, Matt Hetherington, Jane Williams, Graham Rowlands, Mark William Jackson, A. S Patric and Anna Ryan-Punch to name but a few.

It’s especially satisfying to receive this issue because, as I’ve mentioned, selecting the poetry for it was a blast, and seeing it all together is great. But better is the surprises, with the stories and competition entries, which I had yet to read, being revealed at last.

Enjoying having a good read.

Thanks again to Tiggy and to everyone who submitted!

“Loki” at Cordite #33 – Creative Commons

While I’ve been working on the Cordite zombie renga, a whole issue has come and gone, and now the new one is up, and it’s a danm exciting one. One of my poems, Loki is featured which is always a thrill – but the best bit with this issue, is that it’s remixable – much like the  Custom / Made issue a little while back.

This means, to quote:

Cordite 33: Creative Commons contains thirty-three poems (okay, thirty four, but one of them’s an image), plus a wealth of feature material. But that’s not the end of it. In the spirit of Creative Commons, we’ve decided to make the poems in the issue available as downloadable Word and text documents.

We ‘d therefore like to invite you to download the issue and start remixing. You don’t need two turntables or a microphone, just a text editing programme and sense of creativity. You can edit and re-arrange the poems in any way you see fit.

Perhaps you’d like to take a line from each poem and construct your own meta-poem. Perhaps you’d like to cut every second word and see what you’re left with. We could go on, but don’t want to pre-empt your remixes too much!

As there’s no sound in a vacuum, we’re very interested in seeing the results of your efforts. For this reason, we’re now accepting submissions for Cordite 33.1: The Remixes, which we hope will eventually contain a whole bunch of remixes, from both contributors to the issue and readers.

Please send your remixes to submissions@cordite.org.au with the word ‘Remix’ in the subject line. Remember to attach your submission as a Word or RTF document. We’ll be accepting submissions throughout the month of August – this means that the deadline for submissions is midnight on 31 August 2010.

So what are you waiting for? Download and get cracking!


David Prater and team have been busy pushing boundaries for a time now, certainly more than many publications, and in doing so, have been opening up poetry in satisfyingly collaborative ways. And why shouldn’t they? There should only be a certain amount of static elements to an online journal – new technology enbables too much potential for that that technology to go unexplored.

Can’t wait to see where they take it next!

Cordite, Zombies Launch! New Renku

With the launch of the new issue, Cordite is unleashing zombies across the land!

The issue, edited by Ivy Alvarez, features a wealth of material from a host of writers (I wonder if ‘host’ is the right collective noun for zombies?) and I’ve barely scratched the surface – and personally I’m pretty happy to announce the following 3 things: my poem man about town is featured, along with an article that I co-wrote with Graham Nunn The Death of Poetry in Australian Classrooms.

Lastly, I was lucky enough to be offered the role of ‘sabaki’ or leader by David Prater, for the new renku at Cordite, the Zombie Haikunaut Renga! If you like haiku and renga, please jump on over and submit, we’re open to all, and it’s going to be a really interesting, modern renku.

Here’s a link to some guidelines I set up, hope to see you there!

Zombie Renga Instructions

‘Sketch’ Issue 2 & ‘Miscellaneous Voices’ Vol 1

Recently I received my copies of two great Australian publications and although I’m nearly collapsing under dozens of obligations at the moment, I just wanted to quickly mention how much I enjoyed reading (and being a part) of them both.

Nicole Taylor & Christine de Saini of Sketch have just released their second issue of literature and art, and once again it’s a beautiful collection, it’s great to see a fine balance between image and text. Just a few favs, but I especially liked the photography of Annevi Petersson and the drawings of Janet Fletcher.

There was also an amazing piece ‘Bright and Pure’ from Les Wicks, which I loved, along with Jeff Klooger’s ‘Jade and Porcelain.’ My piece ‘Grass Seeds’ also appeared, and, in something rare for me, an article on Poetry & Participation in society.

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Karen Andrews of Miscellaneous Press has edited a broad and fascinating collection of articles, poetry, short fiction and pieces that are definitely somewhere in between, that first appeared on blogs. Released in just a few days (April 1) the issue is, like Sketch, beautifully presented and contains a great range of writing. What’s especially impressive, is that it collects work that, I do hope, will reach an audience who might not otherwise come across it.

Once again, just a couple of favs, of course, poetry from Mark, Maxine, Alec & Brad, also Stu Hatton, Cordite Editor David Prater and others, along with a great essay from Derek Motion on silverchair, poetry & pain, and an honest look at the writing process from ‘page seventeen‘ editor Tiggy Johnson, where she explores structuring time for writing and becoming aware of what it is that triggers her to what, what it is in life and writing that sets off the spark. My poem ‘Capture’ is also featured in the issue.