Topic archives: poetry

Review of <i>:etchings 9 – Love & Something</i> on <i>Cordite</i>

Review of :etchings 9 – Love & Something on Cordite

September 6, 2011

I recently reviewed issue nine of the journal :etchings for Cordite Poetry Review. The focus of the review is the issue’s poetry, as that is Cordite‘s focus, but I mention the fiction and nonfiction also. It begins: ‘Love & Something is the sub-header of :etchings 9, and the something seems to stand for the multitudinous meanings the […]

Read just now: <i>Re: Reading the Dictionary</i> by Tim Sinclair

Read just now: Re: Reading the Dictionary by Tim Sinclair

September 1, 2011

Spent the morning writing and editing. Checked my email. Read a press release on Tim Sinclair’s new poetry book Re: Reading the Dictionary. Clicked the link. Bought it. Downloaded it. Read it from A to Z. Loved it. Wanted to tell you about it right away. Each piece from ‘Afflatus’ to ‘Zombie, Philosophical’ takes a […]

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on <i>The Geometry of Flight</i> by Angela Smith

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on The Geometry of Flight by Angela Smith

June 20, 2011

Pulse Publications, 2010, 9780646540443 In naming her poetry collection The Geometry of Flight Angela Smith, like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, ‘chose wisely’. More wisely, more selflessly, than perhaps she realised. She has given multiple doorways to her work with the single phrase: porticos that set the reader’s path through the work, paths that […]

I wrote a winning haiku

May 19, 2011 2

I’m very excited to announce that a little haiku I wrote one morning is the winner of Australian Poetry’s haiPhone competition. It goes: Potential faces In steamy bathroom mirrors Residue of stars I’ve been invited to read it out as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival on 1 June at the Poetry Cafe. G told me […]

<i>Ashes in the Air</i> by Ali Alizadeh

Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh

April 6, 2011

This review first appeared in the March 2011 issue of Bookseller+Publisher magazine. UQP, March 2011 (Aus) 9780702238727 What do we want from a book of poetry? We want each poem to paint a picture, to shake us up a little, and to ultimately reach down inside us and peel something back. Ali Alizadeh’s poems do all […]

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on John Mateer’s <i>The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009</i>

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on John Mateer’s The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009

December 21, 2010 2

Fremantle Press, 2010 (Aus, US, UK) 9781921361869 Remember that Renaissance sculpture you admired, briefly, in a Roman or Florentine church, cool and hard and chiselled and, perhaps a little too dramatically posed? Reading John Mateer’s collection of poems The West, gives an analogous sensation. The sculptors worked in marble that kept its material nature, the hardness […]

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s <i>First Taste</i>

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s First Taste

October 13, 2010 1

Page Seventeen, 2010 9780980813609 Reviewed by Derek Motion                 I often have to catch the bus out to the university, and from the stop near my house the journey takes around 15 minutes. This parcel of time is – if you get straight on to the task and don’t waste any time looking out the window […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on <i>harvest: issue 5</i>

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on harvest: issue 5

August 17, 2010 2

harvest: issue 5 reviewed by Raili Simojoki Harvest ’s gentle, reflective, sometimes anxious writing appeals to Gen Y romantics who, dissatisfied by the disconnected, disposable information generated by mass media, are drawn instead to the poetic, intricate, and meandering. Editor Davina Bell speaks directly to this audience in her essay ‘To my Generation of Precious […]

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on Maxine Clarke’s <i>Gil Scott Heron is on Parole</i>

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on Maxine Clarke’s Gil Scott Heron is on Parole

August 2, 2010

Gil Scott Heron is on Parole Maxine Beneba Clarke Picaro Press Reviewed by Greg Westenberg The rhythm: insistent, consistent, beat-heavy in places but with enough sunlight in the words to take us out of the club, into a community’s irregular syncopation; the rhythm, that I couldn’t always get (white boys, everybody knows it, can’t dance). […]

Adam Ford on life, superheroes, poetry, his Twitter novel and <i>The Third Fruit is a Bird</i>

Adam Ford on life, superheroes, poetry, his Twitter novel and The Third Fruit is a Bird

October 16, 2009 7

Who is your favourite superhero and why? I’d love to say it’s some less-well-known-to-the-general-public superhero like Machine Man or Metamorpho, but to be honest it’s a tie between Superman and Spider-Man, partly because their costumes are so striking and colourful, partly because they’re both nice-guy superheroes who always try to use their powers to help […]

Longing and the Aftermath of Something

September 12, 2009 5

Recorded during the event ‘See What I’m Talking About’, Overload Poetry Festival 2009. Response to Andrew Watson’s photograph (in background). Video by my lovely sister Sonja Meyer. Here’s a review of the whole event by Simonne Michelle Wells on the Overland blog.

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part five: words like triangles (a further experiment in the confessional)

August 25, 2009 8

This post is a creative, experimental mash-up of personal experience plus one of the poems Bernhard Schlink read on Sunday 23 August in RMIT Capitol Theatre, in a session called ‘Pleasure and Pain: Poetry and the Body’ at Melbourne Writers Festival. The poem is called ‘Ballad of the Outer Life’ or ‘Ballade des auBeren Lebens’, and is by […]

Queensland Poetry Festival special: Elizabeth Bachinsky

Queensland Poetry Festival special: Elizabeth Bachinsky

August 20, 2009 1

The Queensland Poetry Festival runs from 21 to 23 August. Graham Nunn has helped me to select three poets to feature on LiteraryMinded in the weeks leading up to the festival. Revisit number one, A.F. Harrold; or number two, Hinemoana Baker, if you like. Enjoy! Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio […]

Queensland Poetry Festival special: Hinemoana Baker

Queensland Poetry Festival special: Hinemoana Baker

August 13, 2009 1

The Queensland Poetry Festival runs from 21 to 23 August. Graham Nunn has helped me to select three poets to feature on LiteraryMinded in the weeks leading up to the festival. Hinemoana Baker is number two. Revisit number one, A.F. Harrold, if you like. Enjoy! Arts Queensland Poet in Residence 2009 Hinemoana Baker’s writings have […]

Queensland Poetry Festival special: A.F. Harrold

Queensland Poetry Festival special: A.F. Harrold

August 6, 2009 5

The Queensland Poetry Festival runs from 21 to 23 August. Graham Nunn has helped me to select three poets to feature on LiteraryMinded in the weeks leading up to the festival. A.F. Harrold is number one. Enjoy! A.F. Harrold is an English poet and performer who does things with words that aren’t always normal. Although, […]

They will give me new parts

They will give me new parts

July 26, 2009 4

part blog-post, part insight into current creative development I ate banana pancakes this morning. I saw an old man on a bike in matching denims and a stackhat. I looked into somebody’s eyes. There are nine paper tasks on the floor. They will give me new parts like Frankenstein’s monster. A producer this week told […]

<i>How to Eat a Wolf</i> by Sharanya Manivannan: a poem

How to Eat a Wolf by Sharanya Manivannan: a poem

July 16, 2009 4

Does all lust start and end like this? Don’t get me wrong. I loved my wolf. I held him tethered like a pussycat. I nursed the rumble in his belly with hands gentle as a burglar’s. He lived on milk and blood and ocean. He had violets for his furs. It’s just that he was […]

<i>Voiceworks: Budget</i>

Voiceworks: Budget

June 24, 2009 7

Voiceworks is an Australian journal publishing the work of writers under 25. Budget is the first issue under the editorial of Bel Monypenny does steer a less-showy ship, still understandably finding its path. The issue suits the theme design-wise – being lean, and mean (with a teeny-tiny font that didn’t make my eyes too happy), but content-wise the issue is still wealthy. The […]

<i>Notes for Somebody in Berlin</i>: a poem by Bel Schenk

Notes for Somebody in Berlin: a poem by Bel Schenk

May 14, 2009 1

1. You are worth keeping like the ticket stub for this museum. You are worth remembering like the catastrophe I am trying to understand.   2. I tell you about my school. Between the green glow of the exit light and the echoing sounds of Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum I look for families in the […]

South-west. A poem by Geoff Lemon

April 14, 2009

South-west By Geoff Lemon I’m driving south. Or roughly south I’m sure of that. The car’s a Mustang, 60s build rich with that old leather smell. Adam West is in the passenger seat, window halfway down. It’s night and warm outside. The air rolls in like oil. Adam West is smoking – Chesterfields. Somehow this […]