fourW 25 & Writ. Poetry Review

Recently I’ve had a couple of poems appear in two great Australian publications – fourW and Writ. Poetry Review, both jam-packed full of great poetry!

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You can read my poem destined for mud in issue 2 of Writ. Poetry Review, who have what I feel is hands down the best presented online poetry publication I’ve come across in ages. Check it out and see if you agree, I really like the ’tiles’ page. In the issue too, is a heap of other great poets, many of whom I’m proud to call friends (or at the very least co-conspirators in poetry), check out poems by Mark William Jackson, Stuart Barnes, Michele Seminara, Robbie Coburn and Stu Hatton to name but a few!

Subs are open right now for the next issue – you can check out the details right here.

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fourW is celebrating their 25th issue, which is an awesome milestone in and of itself, but it’s also another fantastic one aside from that and I’m particularly happy to be in the journal again this year (check out Tiggy Johnson’s awesome piece in it!)

In fact, I’m especially honoured because editor David Gilbey and the selection panel published each pale song which is a long poem – something rare for me – and what makes their choice of a long poem noteworthy is that for me to have each pale song in the issue, you could say I effectively block two other (single page) poems from appearing in fourW. And I’ve no doubt the editors would have had more great material than they could fit in to #25.

So to publish my three page poem is a great vote of confidence and I really appreciate it!

 

Tiggy Johnson – First Taste

(Semi-recently) I was lucky enough to be involved with the publication of page seventeen editor Tiggy Johnson‘s first poetry collection, quite fittingly entitled ‘First Taste.’

It was fantastic to be involved with these poems, with a collection Graham Nunn says is ‘brimming with domestic luminosity‘ and I do agree. The poems in First Place reveal an unapologetic struggle with motherhood, a forthright engagement with the issues around parenthood and a powerful directness. Just check out ‘The Facts’ or ‘Shopping for Girls’ at Verity La.

In other instances the collection shows real tenderness in ‘Solitaire‘ and in ‘Concluding,’ or takes a sly look at the past.  There’s much more to enjoy, right down to a brilliant cover design by Jenny Chapman.

If you’re around Brisbane this Sunday, visit her at the Speedpoets gig:

SpeedPoets, Sunday September 5, 2:00pm – 5:30pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End

featuring:

Tiggy Johnson, Randall Stephens & Andy White

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2010 SpeedPoets Open Mic Competition

Entry is a gold coin donation

quick page seventeen wrap up

Easily the toughest part about editing any journal, is the amount of great work you have to send back. At the end of every submission period, I have to return poetry that I wanted to have in whatever publication I’m working on at the time.

For issue 8 of p17, I was flooded with some quality work indeed. (And I hear it was the same with the SS too) It made me sad to send so much back. If I am a fisherman, than I did not over-fish, even though I wanted to. The nature of the print journal is like that however, we have only so much space…

Thanks to Tiggy for inviting me in the first place (and more about Tiggy’s new book soon) and to Vicki for doing such an awesome job running the ship while I tried my best not to rock it! Really looking forward to seeing what Vicki, Peter and Laurie have selected for the short stories.

More rambling to follow!

Poetry Editor for ‘page seventeen’ 2010

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Very, very excited to share some more news – this year I’ll be serving as Poetry Editor for the upcoming issue of page seventeen!

Working with some great people, and looking forward to sinking my teeth into some equally great poetry – and submissions are open, so get cracking folks! (They close June 30th)

Thank you, Tiggy!

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Here’s a link to the full team and announcement at Tiggy’s blog, words in progress and visit the p17 link above to find full submission guidelines.

‘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.