“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 – Zombie Renku – Room for Fresh Blood!

The zombie-themed renku has just hit halfway (18 verses to go) and we’ve got room for fresh blood!

So if you’re interested in learning about the amazing renku process of collaborative linked verse, then stumble over and join in! You don’t need to know a lot about renku, and so long as you’re aware of the basics of haiku, you’ll pick this up – it’s all about link and shift!

Here’s the intro/guide to the feature

And here’s the renku as it progresses

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