Welcome to my poetry blog!
Go to INTERVIEWS to read samples of practising contemporary poets, updated monthly. Alexis Rhone Fancher up for August in her Laboutin heels.
Under ABOUT you can see where my poems have found homes and that can be useful when looking for homes for YOUR poems.
Under POETRY you will find samples of my work and where they’ve been published so you can get an idea of what style of poems suit which publications.
Under WHAT’S NEW I will post links that promote poetry and keep you updated on my own writing journey. I loved this latest Poetica on Irish poet the late Michael Hartnett and the difficulties of juggling art with family life and alcohol.
Very excited to let you know that Poetry Salzburg will publish my second collection, Kiss of the Viking, as one of its pamphlet series and is a collection that attempts to capture the genius loci and Noir underbelly of Scandinavia.
All set to be launched in October in the sunny and bright independent Patons Bookshop, Geelong. Cassandra Atherton has kindly agreed to launch it which is special because the collection came about after a research intensive in Scandinavia with Deakin University organised by Cassandra and Deakin staff.
Have enjoyed research Argentinian tango, Buenos Aries, South American myths and legends. How about a dolphin that puts on a white suit and fedora and tries to impregnate young girls? And, after seeing Borges poems in Spanish and English, I found a site that translated my poems into Spanish. It makes it interesting to see where the rhythm happens and I will investigate this further because it may throw up possibilities for publication in exotic places.
Been going to movement classes much like the creative Laban movement I studied in the 70s. It has brought so many poems to the page and I feel there must be a connection to body and mind in deeper ways than we know. And I’ve lost 2kg and still enjoying a glass of wine.
______________________________________________________ JUNE 15 This week I found Kim Moore’s essay on the writer’s journey in Just One Poem in Poetry School. It’s something I’m sure many of can relate to. http://campus.poetryschool.com/just-one-poem ______________________________________________________ June 8 It’s one year since Terry Quinn and I launched our debut collections so Happy Birthday to ‘When I saw Jimi’ and ‘The Amen of Knowledge.’
_______________________________________________________ June Last week I attended the Writing Tango Fiction workshop which involved sexy shoes as prompts, dancing demos and music. It was hands and feet on and fabulous. I am following up by running a Writing Tango Poetry workshop for Tango Australis. They run an annual national competition with generous prize money for poetry and fiction in an attempt to create a literature of tango outside Argentina. When looking for ideas I scour the net and my filing cabinet. Earlier this week I spent a couple of hours online with the lovely poet Diane Lockward. I subscribe to her monthly newsletter which is generous and useful in providing prompts, links, videos and selected poetry. She is a generous writer who loves to share her ideas. http://dianelockward.blogspot.com.au/ Another generous poet is Pascale Petit who runs workshops at the Tate and around the world. I don’t know how she finds time to write. She also keeps a detailed blog and documents her workshops. http://pascalepetit.blogspot.com.au/ I shall be posting some Tango writing soon for those interested in writing or entering the competition. Think melancholy, music, machismo and a little madness. Enrique Santos Discepolo, (1901-1951) is often credited with the quote “tango is a danced sad thought.”Irresistible. _______________________________________________________ May 25 I got back from the UK last week to a surprise and welcome package from Austria. It was copy of the latest Poetry Salzburg Review where I have three poems along with some familiar and not-so- familiar names. It is a beautifully produced journal and one I am particularly honoured to appear in.