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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Australian Poetry: ‘Work’ for issue 7.2

Australian Poetry is looking for poems focused on the theme ‘work’ for issue 7.2, guest edited by Benjamin Laird and Cassandra Atherton.

Poems can also be selected from submissions outside this focus; that is, you can also submit poems on any theme. The theme of ‘work’ is broad – please be inspired to address it curiously! Work can be seen to connect to the work-place, employment, work-place issues etc.

Submissions for 7.2 can be sent to and closes midnight, 1 October 2017.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


in the big rain
gushing down
little butterfly
ISSA 1814
ôame no futte waitaru ko chô kana
Issa can imagine and empathize with the reality of tiny creatures. For this intrepid little butterfly, for example, raindrops are crashing down like bombs.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Hello Poetry at the House (ANU Canberra) supporters
It's just a week to the next reading featuring John Stokes (Canberra), Merlinda Bobis (Canberra and the Philippines) and Andrew Burke (Perth). It's on Wed Aug 9 at 7.30 in the Fellows Bar at University House. At the moment there are only nine people coming!
Andrew Burke's latest book is a small pocket-sized book in English and Mandarin entitled The Line is Busy (Flying Islands Press). Before this he has had a baker's dozen books published and countless book reviews. He holds a doctorate in Writing from Edith Cowan University where he used to lecture. He will have flown all the way from Perth on the 'Red-eye Special'! Don't miss him.

After four novels, Merlinda Bobis has returned to poetry with Accidents of Composition (Spinifex Press 2017). In 2016 her novel, Locust Girl. A Lovesong, received the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. In 1998 her Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. She's a dramatic performer of her own work.
In a long career John Stokes has published widely worldwide; won or been short or long-listed for many major prizes, and represented his country internationally. His latest book, Fire in the Afternoon (Halstead Press, 2015), won the ACT National Writing & Publishing Award for best poetry book for 2015.

Admission$10 waged, $5 unwaged.
Parking at ANU University House is best from Garran Road and on Balmain Lane off Balmain Crescent.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Winner of the 2017 ARCHIBALD PRIZE

Mitch Cairns has taken out the Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.
Mitch Cairns has won the 2017 Archibald Prize for his portrait of his partner, artist Agatha Gothe-Snape, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Board of Trustees' David Gonski announced at the Gallery today. Cairns will carry away a cash prize of $100,000 for the poplar portraiture prize, which is awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Issa Haiku - just right for today!

on this lawn, that lawn
just a cup's worth

yûdachi ya shiba kara shiba e ko sakazuki
Shinji Ogawa translates the phrase, shiba kara shiba e, "from the lawn here to the lawn there." The word, ko sakazuki literally means "small sake cup," but here, Shinji believes, it is more likely being used metaphorically to denote "a small amount of rain."

Friday, July 21, 2017

TOM WAITS: Q: What’s wrong with the world?

 A: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Leona Helmsley’s dog made 12 million last year… and Dean McLaine, a farmer in Ohio made $30,000. It’s just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns.

 -May 20, 2008 (Glitter and Doom promo, Tom Waits interviews himself)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Giacometti Exhibition

Seeing Beyond Alberto Giacometti’s Bronzes

Tate Modern’s retrospective of the Swiss sculptor, which gathers some 250 pieces, highlights his multi-pronged process and sustained work in plaster, wood, terracotta, oil paint, and more.