Poetry workshops with Les Wicks

INTENSE

— poetry workshop with Les Wicks —

solid block of hours, writing strategies plus substantial prior editorial work.

STEPPING OUT POST-COVID!

LET’S KICK-START A GREAT YEAR WITH SOME REAL INSPIRATION.

MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Venue: Sydney Scenic Berowra

Saturday 27 February 11.00 to 5.00 with a 30 minute break for bring-your-own lunch.

Venue: Melbourne, Brighton.

Sunday 7 March 10.00 to 4.30 with a 30 minute break for bring-your-own lunch.

Workshops are great, but the problem with online workshops is that they lack the face-to-face spontaneity & collective exploration. Face-to-face workshops are quick response processes that lack the benefits of a more considered edit. INTENSE workshops eliminate both shortcomings.

This project will consist of four components.

Everyone gets in advance a strategy sheet on editing their work.

Then, participants will send four poems (maximum 30 lines each) to leswicks@gmail.com at least 14 days prior to the workshop. The poems with commentary will be distributed to the participants four days prior to their workshop. Participants should bring a copy of the entire commentary document to the workshop.

On the day of the workshop we will work intensively through each participant’s poems building on prior suggestions and experiencing a dynamic interplay of ideas/insights.

Should they so wish, participants will have a chance to have a piece published in the e-mag Australian Poetry Collaboration, which is widely read and archived by the National Library’s Pandora.

It is strictly limited to only 7 attendees. 

 Bookings must be made by 14 February for Melbourne, 6 February for Sydney.

Cost $100.

Further details & booking: leswicks@gmail.com

 Any Covid restrictions in place at the time will be fully met. In the event of another Covid wave the live portion of the programme will be done online.

The new issue of ‘Otoliths’ is now live

Issue fifty-nine, the southern spring issue of Otoliths, is now live. It contains work by Ruggero Maggi, Lynn Strongin, Jim Leftwich, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Jim Meirose, John M. Bennett, Thomas M. Cassidy, osvaldo cibils, Sanjeev Sethi, Mark Pirie, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Jennifer Hambrick, Jen Schneider, Pete Spence, Heath Brougher, Rob Stuart, Ivan Klein, Jim McCrary, József Bíró, Jack Galmitz, Robert Ronnow, Kristin Garth, Scott MacLeod, Vaughan Rapatahana, Daniel de Culla, Adam Day, S. K. Kelen, Mike James, Texas Fontanella, Seth A. Howard, Serena Piccoli & William Allegrezza, Elaine Woo, Hugh Tribbey, Joanna Walkden Harris, Mike Harriden, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Mark DuCharme, hiromi suzuki, harry k stammer, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Bruno Neiva, Clara B. Jones, Eric Hoffman, J. D. Nelson, Sheila E. Murphy, Olivier Schopfer, Miriam Borgstrom, Jack Foley, Baron Geraldo & Associates, Pat Nolan, Adriána Kóbor, AG Davis, Volodymyr Bilyk, Andrew Brenza, red flea & old beetle, Joe Balaz, Kenneth Rexroth, Rosaire Appel, Jeff Harrison, Diana Magallón, Andrew Topel, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Christopher Barnes, Dave Read, Dale Jensen, Carol Stetser, Thomas Fink, dan raphael, Michael Farrell, Jessie Janeshek, T. W. Selvey, Chris Arnold & Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, Andrew Taylor, Zebulon Huset, Ramsay Randall, Kenneth Howard Doerr, Penelope Weiss, Gavin Lucky, David Lohrey, Khaloud Al-Muttalibi, Barbara Daniels, Doren Robbins, J. Crouse, Simon Perchik, Karl Bachmann, Jeff Bagato, Wes Lee, Judith Skillman, Roger Mitchell, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Tom Beckett, Charles Wilkinson, Michael Basinski, Stephen Nelson, Bob Lucky, Jude VC, Tony Beyer, Stuart Wheatley, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Christian ALLE, Stu Hatton, Nick Nelson, R L Swihart, Kathleen Reichelt & Rich Ferguson, Dah, Daniel f. Bradley, Michael Ruby, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Eileen R. Tabios, Michael Spring, Les Wicks, Susan Connolly, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Elmedin Kadric, Angela Costi, Pamela Miller, John Levy, Jay Buchanan, Keith Higginbotham, Douglas Barbour, Kathup Tsering, Jill Cameron, Peter Yovu, Marilyn Stablein, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Richard Kostelanetz, Michael Brandonisio, Katrinka Moore, Rosalinda Ruiz Scarfuto, Aurora Scott, Bob Heman, Keith Nunes, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Kristian Patruno, Chris Gutkind, Jane Simpson,  & M.J. Iuppa.

Andrew Burke — ‘New and Selected Poems 2020’

Andrew Burke launched his latest collection of poetry last week, ‘New and Selected Poems: 2020’.

Peter Holland performed the honours, an inspired choice — the intimacy of friends — given the pair have known each other since ‘fourteen or fifteen’ and remain close.

Andrew Burke has described himself as being a child of the “confessional” poets of the fifties and sixties, poets like Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath, and certainly in this book he has given us the story of his life. In a sense, I suppose, it is an autobiography, but that’s only a fringe benefit, an incidental dividend. It’s far more than that, far more interesting than that, far more significant than that.

It’s a fucking HUGE collection of what John Kinsella described as “sociable poetry, of day to day, but hard-backed by nature”.

Peter’s launch speech appears online at ‘Rochford Street Review’ along with several of Andrew’s poems.

You can get hold of a copy of the book from Andrew directly. Email him at burkeandre@gmail.com (he receives a couple of hundred emails a day, from poetry friends, jazz lovers, cricket acquaintances, so pls include the words ‘BOOK PURCHASE’ in your header for easier identification). Or pick it up online at Walleah Press (196 pp, $20, includes postage within Australia).

Ralph

Andrew Burke - cover, 'New and Selected'

Journal ‘Plumwood Mountain’: Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team

‘Plumwood Mountain’, an important and classy Australian journal working within the boundaries of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, is seeking a Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team.

This is interesting news on a number of levels, not least for the journal’s transparency and its openness to change…

It’s also interesting to read poet Peter Boyle’s response to the question —

‘…  in the current climate of ecological crisis and political wrangling over funding to the arts, what role do you feel poetry does, or could, play in our society?

— posed by Denise O’Hagan, in an interview published in ‘The Nib’ (Sept 2020):

As far as the ecological crisis goes, it is part of our consciousness. It infuses the world we live in, so the sense of living in dark times inevitably comes into the poetry any open, receptive poet writes. There is a strong eco-poetics movement in Australia and a journal like Plumwood Mountain features a lot of it. Many people write directly about environmental and social issues, and much very accomplished, very interesting poetry is written that way, but I think poetry can also operate more indirectly, in a subtler way. Personally, the poetry that speaks to me most can be about anything, or it might start with one thing and then slide into being about something else. I especially like poems that look for the spaces between things, sidestep and swerve, and end up taking me somewhere new.

Ralph


Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team – Call for Expressions of Interest

Journal ‘Plumwood Mountain’ is in a time of transition.

After 7 years, Managing Editor Anne Elvey will be stepping down at the end of 2020. At the same time the Editorial Board intends to deepen its commitments to decentring or deemphasising the human in ecopoetics while holding this vision in a wider frame of cultural responsibility both in Australia and internationally.

“As part of our continuing affirmation of more-than-human agencies, of intersections between environmental activism and cultures of poetry, and of the complex entanglements of race, gender, sexuality, location and class in an emerging ecopoetics, the journal wants to expand its editorial board to reflect these commitments. As part of this development, the new Managing Editor has the option to find a new name for the journal.”

Expressions of interest are called for a Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team that would with an Editorial Board shape the future of the journal and undertake the tasks of bringing it to publication. These are voluntary positions.

Three kinds of Expression of Interest are invited

From an individual who would become managing editor and who would build an editorial administration team; or

From a team of three or four who would take on the roles of managing editor and editorial administration team between them; or

From an existing journal in the fields of environmental humanities or literature which would incorporate, as a significant component, an ecological poetry and poetics section/corner as a successor to ‘Plumwood Mountain journal’ with a suitable dedicated editor.

The preference is for Indigenous leadership in the management and editorship of the journal, and diversity in the editorial administration teams and editorial boards that adds to existing diversities of representation on the board.

The incoming Managing Editor will be strongly encouraged and supported to explore funding opportunities to pay contributors to the journal and to cover administrative and management costs.

More at ‘Plumwood Mountain’.

Launch: Andrew Burke’s ‘New and Selected Poems 2020’

The launch of Andrew Burke’s new poetry collection ‘New and Selected’ takes place at 7pm 20th September.  Peter Holland will perform the honours — at Moana Hall, upstairs of 618 Hay Street Mall in Perth, Western Australia.

The launch event is free with a cash bar. ‘And my book is a bargain at $20 (cash),’ Andrew says. He adds ‘I don’t have a credit card machine so cash would do nicely, thank you.’

The book is also for sale (at a cost of $20, including free postage within Australia) — online, from Walleah Press, as well as directly from Andrew: you can email him at burkeandre@gmail.com (please add BOOK SALE within your email header).

And remember to pay him a visit at Hi Spirits, particularly if you’re a jazz buff!

Kris Hemensley: a review of ‘Your Scratch Entourage’ by Rebecca Law

Rebecca Law reviews Kris Hemensley’s 2016 poetry collection, ‘Your Scratch Entourage’, in a recent addition to ‘Communion Arts Journal # 14’.

Perhaps we begin with Ted Hughes and “The Thought Fox”; and then take that starless night, the steady assured tread of “something … alive” and “more near/ …/ the loneliness” – a foxes paws across snow, the “neat” but inevitably sooty footprints left behind “now/ and again now, and now, and now” – to read again, the brilliance of the darkness that is poetry.

For more,  visit ‘Communion Arts Journal’.