I have been out and about with my poetry lately, thanks to good friends who are happy to share my work. In the last few weeks I have been to the Mt Lawley Learning Centre, a book club and a Year 11 Lit class. I enjoy the opportunity to read my work aloud, because I write it as much for the sound of it as the shape of it. It is also a thrill to bring poems to people who may not otherwise pick up a book of poetry when they want something to read.
Thank you to the students of Aranmore Catholic College for a deeply engaged conversation. The level of interest, understanding and inquiry was impressive. It is evident that the class is tuned-in to literature and they even enjoy it! Special thanks to Donna Dennis for stirring the love of literature in young adults.
From writingWA’s e-newsletter, Love to Read Local.
“between white”, Josephine Clarke
Mulla Mulla Press
The second poem in this debut collection from Josephine Clarke concludes with the lines: Don’t let in / any forgetting. This may well be the poet’s credo. Her poems are rich with remembrance and detail. While her simpler pieces are observational, setting out scenes much as a painter might, others wade into the swamplands of family and relationships. Here Clarke’s artistry is most in evidence. Candour and raw emotion are delivered with startling economy in the title poem, a mother-daughter piece (we rub scars into each other) and the equally naked work ‘This Smile’. In twenty poems, Clarke reveals herself as a poet to watch.
I have had a new poem included in this very fine online production which, in the words of the editors, “showcases the talent developing within local university programmes as well as the broader West Australian writing community.” There is a wonderful array of styles and voices in this edition. It is well worth a read.
Westerly New Creatives.
Beneath the beautiful clerestory of Bar Orient in Fremantle, Jennifer Kornberger launched my chapbook, between white, on Sunday, August 14th, 2016. Four guests from the Perth Poetry Festival – Matt Hetherington, Dora Smith, Robbie Coburn and Jennifer Kornberger herself also read creating a wonderful space for words – spoken and sung. It was a joy to be surrounded by so many of my friends from Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group and the wider poetry community. Sarah Leighton had prepared a beautiful book table, helped by Marlish Glorie, and Liana Joy Christensen tied everything together as MC. Magically, my three sisters were able to attend, and one of them, Alma, joined me to read ‘In the Kitchen of our Growing Up’. Pretty perfect really.
The event was part of the Perth Poetry Festival and was hosted by Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group. Jennifer’s launch speech can be found here.
I’m very excited to have my first chapbook available in time for the festival. Thank you Varuna, the Writers’ House; Deb Westbury and Mulla Mulla Press.
Beautifully illustrated by Sara Clarke, and designed by Libby Parker, I am very pleased with how the book appears and feels. Available for $15 online soon. Or from Perth Poetry Festival events.
I am delighted to be a featured guest at the 2016 Perth Poetry Festival to be held from 6-14th August. Isn’t this a beautiful poster?
this wet wind throws
tears at my throat whispers
plosives on the roof
makes a diphthong in the down pipe
without subtitles I can only guess
at the sky’s message
the trees know what to do
I stand still long enough
for the light to go off
something about skin
something about yesterday