Some exciting updates in the last few weeks. No, I have not written a poem a day. Vision Australia is making an audio book of Kiss of the Viking, my pamphlet of Scandi Noir published by Poetry Salzburg last year. I’ve been in the studio with professional actors in the last two weeks guiding the process gently. It’s been a good lesson in forensically analysing my work, which I felt needed tweaking here and there, so I did.
The IOWA online poetry workshop is a great trigger for poetry. This week Robert Haas told us to write every day on a kind of scroll, read poetry that knock our socks off and then write. There was also some concentration on the line break which reminds me of something someone said at Pascale Petit’s workshop a couple of years ago when we were talking about the same thing. This very proper lady said, when sharing her own experiences, ‘I sometimes feel like I’m disappearing up my own line-break.’ I know what she means. I go with a gut instinct, then tweak but try not to dwell too long on it. This week there was also a master class in using the page which has encouraged me to try the more Whitmanesque approach of the long line. I’ve been avoiding it as it didn’t seem to suit my style but since trying it, I feel liberated and am on a bit of a roll.
I come back to the UK every year to visit my mum who’s 88 and not that well and like to get a writerly thing in at the same time. This year I’ve had a hankering for Wales or Ireland so when I saw that Helen Mort was running a week’s residency at Ty Newydd in North Wales I was taken back to a family holiday in Snowdonia and booked immediately even though it is pricey. Life is also short.
This week I’ve been asked to host an interview with Graeme Simsion of The Rosie Project fame in November.
Continuing to work on a book of reply poems with a UK poet after an idea by Judy Brown. We’re half way through and a great exercise it is for writing.
The autumn crops are in storage and beds are being prepared for the winter lot. I think I love these the most-cabbage, sprouts, broccoli and parsnip.
I submitted a novella this week among poetry submissions within Oz, to the UK and US. Canada and India next.
Where to get published.
I’m often interested to see where poets are getting their work published. If you’d like to see which journals and anthologies have published my work recently I’ve listed publications in Australia, UK, Europe and the US including The Ofi Press out of Mexico City, edited by Jack Little. If you have time please check out my books under ABOUT , GUEST poets like Pascale Petit, Maria Takolander and Alexis Fancher, and my published POETRY. Thanks for dropping in. AUSTRALIA The Age, Australian Poetry Journal and Anthology, Avant, Blue Pepper, OzBurp, Cordite (39, 46, 46.1), Divan, 8d Erotica, ETZ 7, 8 and 9, Famous Reporter 44, foam:e 9 &10, Gangway, Hecate, LiNQ, Overland, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Southerly, Stylus, Tango Australis, The Best Australian Poetry (UQP), The Paradise Anthology, The Red Room Company, Verity La, Wet Ink, Windmills. Forthcoming in Australian Poetry Journal, Rabbit, Regime and Tincture.
UK/ Europe And Other Poems, Angle Poetry Journal, Antiphon, , BODYLit, The Emma Press anthology (Motherhood), Eunoia Review, Flash, Gangway, Indigo Dreams, Heartshoots anthology, Ink, Sweat and Tears (including 12 Days of Christmas 14/15), Kumquat Poetry, The Lake, Mslexia, Obsessed with Pipework, New Linear Perspectives, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, Flarestack Poets anthology: Sylvia is Missing, Shadowtrain, Shearsman (93/94, 101/102) Under the Radar, Wandering Words, Sensing Spaces Pamphlet (edited by Abegail Morley, Emer Gillespie and Catherine Smith). Forthcoming in The Emma Press anthology on Dance and The Interpreters House.
US/Mexico Cultural Weekly, LA (Feature poet), ‘Dogzplot, B’, (Barbie anthology) Kind of a Hurricane Press, Sundress Blog, Best Dressed feature collection for Kiss of the Viking, The Ofi Press, Penduline, Poetry (Chicago), The Bond Street Review, The Nassau Review.