7 October 2013

How to get rid of the layer of snow

Published in Rabbit #5 (Rabbit's a quarterly journal of non-fiction poetry)


Anne Kellas

1. First observe it.
Apply your cooling-glasses to it.
The pebble ones, rounded at the edge.
The snow will fall off.
If it doesn’t, see 2.

2. Shoot the snow, scatter it.
With your pellet gun.
The shards will break up and mix with the grey.

3. Poetry’s not allowed to have “shards” in it anymore.
(Ref. Twitter, yesterday, CA.)

4. I know the layer of snow is still there
because I saw it overnight
in its pale dressing-gown.

5. I wanted to say “moon” somewhere.
But the image would not fit with “a layer of snow”.
It’s hard to fit things to one dimension,
to a flat surface.

6. When the layer of snow is gone
it will appeal to you.
“Appeal”. Not pleading.
It will have a face as fresh
as a cloud.
I mean, child.
It will swim.

7. My Operas can’t Swim
(Manfred Jurgensen, via Val Vallis,
Brisbane flood, 1974, cf. Notes, p.79.)
Enough syllables per line/break?

8. As the layer of snow melts,
two things
or one of two things, will happen: your poems will get
shorter. No.
Your poems will get longer.

9. Once you’ve got rid of the layer of snow
you’ll be able to see your lyrical aura.
Then the circle will be complete.
You must, they say,
get rid of your lyrical aura.
Then you’ll be safe from the predatory black line
visible now the snow has melted.

Or perhaps,
safe from the predatory line break, visible now.

At least begin each line with a capital letter.

10. Write on the line.
And the thin black words will vanish.

26 August 2013

Reading for pleasure, reading for writing and reading for publication

Reading for pleasure, reading for writing and reading for publication

This brief article by David Musgrave about the poetry of J K Murphy, Les Murray and John Kinsella makes conscious the processes we as poets adopt when "reading" poetry.

"... where is the cutting edge? Where is the poetic wave breaking? There is no pat answer to this, but being at least aware of the question I try to read as widely as I can and (whether or not I like them) I am familiar with many different schools and styles of poetry. Having published on post-modernism, deconstruction and linguistic theory as well as having read widely in those areas, I am able to rely to a certain extent on some theoretical underpinnings to my judgements, but inevitably there will be gaps. Moreover, with two hundred or so books of poetry being published in Australia each year, it is nigh-on impossible for an individual to keep abreast of all developments in Australian, let alone English,language poetry. What would help?"
Musgrave's "notes" go a long way towards answering these and other questions. The article is at:

25 July 2013

'Poets and Painters: A Tribute to Dick Bett' opens at the Bett Gallery, 6pm Friday 2 August

'Poets and Painters: A Tribute to Dick Bett'
Bett Gallery, North Hobart
Opens 6pm on Friday 2 August.

The exhibition is a tribute to Dick Bett AM, who initiated and ran the Poets & Painters exhibitions as part of the Bett Gallery exhibition program for 25 years. The exhibitions united his love of the visual arts and poetry – they were "always very successful and positive events", writes Carol Bett.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM, Emeritus Professor in the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, will open the exhibition.

Poet/painter pairs featured:

Adrienne Eberhard & Sue Lovegrove
Alexander Okenyo & Heather B Swann
Andrew Harper & Julie Gough
Andrew Sant & Jane Burton
Anne Kellas & Pat Hall
Anne Morgan & Sally Rees
Arjun von Caemmerer & Tom Samek
Ben Walter & Richard Wastell
Cameron Hindrum & Philip Wolfhagen
Edith Speers & Ian Bonde
Gina Mercer & Barbie Kjar
Graeme Hetherington & David Keeling
James Charlton & Imants Tillers
Jane Williams & Pat Brassington
Jim Everett & Geoff Dyer
Karen Knight & Michael Schlitz
Katherine Lomer & Pat Grieve
Lindsay Pope (NZ) & Peter James Smith
Liz McQuilkin & Jonathan Kimberley
Louise Oxley & Troy Ruffels
Lyn Reeves & Helen Wright
Nancy Mauro-Flude & Joel Crosswell
Nick Whittock & Rob O’Connor
Pete Hay & Tom O’Hern
Raymond Arnold
Richard Flanagan & Kevin Perkins
Robyn Mathison & Irene Briant
Sarah Day & Stephanie Tabram
Sue Moss & Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
Susan Austin & Amanda Davies
Tim Thorne & Tim Burns

Accompanying the exhibition is an essay by Dr David Hansen, currently Senior Researcher at Sotherby's and a writer and curator of many significant exhibitions.

Proceedings will include readings by some of the featured poets. The exhibition art works and readings will spill over from the Bett Gallery into the North Hobart precinct.

Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Harper
Accompanying essay by Dr David Hansen
Exhibition continues to 23 August 2013

Friday 2 August from 6pm

Saturday 3 August from 3pm

6 July 2013

Aesthetica competition

Aesthetica Magazine's creative writing competition "offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience".

Now in its sixth year, the competition "celebrates and nurtures creative talent", inviting writers to submit imaginative and original work (in either the poetry or the short fiction category).

Prizes include £500 prize money, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and a selection of books from partner organisations.

Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. For more information, visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.

23 June 2013

Blogging with Paulo Freire

For those who blog or love blogs, "Blogging with Paulo Freire" is Steve Wheeler's interpretation of some of Paulo Freire's ideas, drawn from 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed'. Wheeler takes six key points from Freire to illustrate how they "might apply to the art of educational blogging" -- but to me they apply for anyone engaged in blogging.
(Photo by Steve Wheeler)

8 March 2013

Why poetry matters: A conversation between Rob Adamson and Tony Barnstone, 20/3/2013

Coming up: "Why Poetry Matters" -- A conversation between two multi award-winning poets, followed by readings from their latest books.

* Robert Adamson, UTS CAL Chair of Poetry and
* Tony Barnstone, the Albert Upton Professor and Chair of English at Whittier College, California.

Chair: Kate Middleton, the first City of Sydney Poet

Date: Wednesday, 20 March
Time: 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Building,
State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney

Presented by the UTS Centre for New Writing
RSVP: Veronica.Scicluna@uts.edu.au by 18 March 2013

(Source: Robert Adamson's Facebook page, viewed 8 March 2013)

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

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