Reading at Ross House – Jane Williams Launch

I’ll be reading from ‘Stepping Over Seasons’ at Ross House on Flinders Lane in Melbourne this Saturday afternoon (23rd July) and would love to see you there if you can come. My publisher, IP, has just released a fantastic book by one of my favourite Australian poets – Jane Williams.

Details about the event here

And City of Possibilities Jane’s newest collection here, well worth a look!

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Here’s a sample poem from the collection; ‘The art of being right’ which previously appeared in Page Seventeen Issue 8.

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The art of being right

there’s a block between the pub just closed
and the one still open a good hour left of
drinking if he walks ahead which he has to
because she can’t keep up in those heels
those tears unpredictable as backyard fireworks
shouting the third degree (something about why
can’t they just have a quiet drink at home)
raising his own voice now but only because
of growing distance patiently repeating himself
as if to a small but gifted child I told you
spacing words like footsteps through a dummy
minefield I just needed a spew temporal conditional
and as happy endings go more tragic than trite
so I had a spew and now I’m right

Them Crooked Vultures – Festival Hall (22nd of Jan I think)

Wow.

There’s a one word review. Basically, if you like rock, this was for you. From the audience, it felt like they were having a great time. And that’s a joy to watch. And they were pretty relentless. Here’s a bit of background. Supergroup indeed.

It’d been too long since I’d been to a gig. I’d forgotten the power a crowd with common (benign) purpose creates, it catches you up. It’s probably more or at least as powerful as the music itself, and this was a strong set. Dave especially, never let up on the kit. Awesome.

Wrote this a bit later, as a kinda tribute, kinda a little bit of a dig too.

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t-shirt wars

some parts of a gig
are always the same:

it’s easy to see them
preparing early,
flicking through a library of t-shirts
for the one that will ensure
maximum cred

and so for them crooked vultures
there was a range of t-shirts
to rival that of any pirate stall’s

from nirvana to kyuss, to qotsa
& zeppelin, and even one of
Hunter S Thompson’s
receding hairline & trusty
cigarette holder, or the ultimate
trump card, the zeppelin shirt so faded, so authentic
that it gave the wearer complete
superiority over the rest of us

but some of them made me proud too

these people either had no idea
about the standard of warfare
or were gleefully snubbing it
with flat, no name brands
or a polo from work,
complete with logo
and name sewn over the breast.

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(I know this is actually a studio mash, but I like the album too!)

Stepping Over Seasons – Launches!

I’ve got a busy few days ahead – two launches in Melbourne (sun & mon) and one in Bairnsdale (tues) – looking forward to seeing everyone and reading a few poems, so if you’re in the area, hope to see you there!

Sunday – IP Gala Event – featuring Ashley Capes (Stepping Over Seasons) Nadine Neumann (Wobbles: an Olympic Story) Josh Donellan (A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India) Lorraine McGuigan (Wings of the Same Bird) Tracy Woolley (Inspire Your Day ~ A Little Book of Inspiration) Rebecca Bloomer (Willow Farrington Bites Back) IP Director David Reiter (Primary Instinct)

Sunday, 6 December 2009, from 2 pm
The Ross House, Hayden Raysmith Room
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
Free, with refreshments.
Bookings essential. RSVP by 2 Dec to:
Ph/Fx: (07) 3324 9319
or sales@ipoz.biz

Monday – Ashley Capes & Lorraine McGuigan

Monday, 7 December 2009, 6 for 6:30 pm
Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, 37 Swanston Street
Melbourne
Free.
RSVP by 4 Dec to:
Ph: 9654 8873
or kris.hemensley@gmail.com

Tuesday – Ashley Capes & David Reiter

Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Bairnsdale Library
22 Service Street, Bairnsdale
from 5:30 pm. Free event.
Please RSVP by 7 December to:
P: 5152 4225