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Poets Out Loud

They started with me! (Pardon my excitement.)

Enterprising young poet Sarah Temporal has just organised a new series of monthly poetry readings in Murwillumbah NSW where I live (and she lives). They began last Thursday with a varied and exciting program of two featured readers (me and Matt Hetherington) and lots of brilliance in the open sections. Here I am in full emote on the night:



And these are the poems I read, the first two from my book Secret Leopard, the second two much more recent, from my blog The Passionate Crone:


The Day We Lost the Volkswagen
During a momentary lull in her head, the poor old thing lost her grip. The boat she was towing towed her instead ponderously down the slip. backwards into the water.
For a swirling moment she almost floated, she thought of setting sail. But her bum tilted, her britches bloated — she was heavy in the tail — and the sly seaweed caught her.
I thought even then she might make a try (she seemed to be righting her flank) but she spun gravely, one eye on t…

A Poet in the Pandemic

Luckily I'm mostly an online poet. Social distancing is not required on social media.

All the usual poetry groups and communities are still operating. Currently I'm mostly at Poets and Storytellers United, for the very good reason that I'm officially its Coordinator these days – albeit with a wonderful, smooth-running, no-fuss team who don't need a lot of coordinating. I occasionally look at what's happening at dVerse; and I'm thrilled that the archived imaginary garden with real toads is reactivating temporarily, with daily prompts for the 'poetry month' of April.

Then there are the facebook groups. I'm the admin of Haiku on Friday and Tanka on Tuesday (not that they need much administration) and I sometimes look in on Found Haiku,Erotic Haiku, and NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month).

Above all there are my own poetry blogs where I share the latest work – which you'll find under the tab My Poetry Blogs at the top of the page. I'm in t…