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Sightlines – a collaboration between poets and artists

Sightlines was the name of an art exhibition held in April 2022 at the Small Works Gallery in Murwillumbah, NSW (Australia) – a unique collaboration between artists and poets, which was launched with a poetry reading.  Five local poets, including me, were invited to submit poems which might inspire 11 local artists.  This collaboration was very exciting for us all! I submitted haiku, for the directness and immediacy of the visual images. Three artists chose four – or five – of them. (In the transcribing, sending poems over the internet, two haiku managed to run together as one poem. And hey, it really worked! An artist responded to it as a whole.)  To read the haiku, see all the artwork they inspired, and read what the artists say about the experience, see here.   Image © Annique Goldenberg 2022, photographed by Rosemary Nissen-Wade .  
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Sucking Mangoes Naked

  This wonderful title and book cover belong to a new anthology in which I'm delighted to have several pieces included. Much gratitude to Tad Wojnicki for conceiving, compiling and editing the whole and seeing it through to publication. Here is the blurb from its Amazon listing: You love haiku. You’ve flipped the books, checked the sites, and scrolled the zines. But you’re left craving that special something… It may be something as obvious as love. Well, how about a book of erotic haiku?

 Sucking Mangoes Naked is a no-holds-barred look at the twists & turns of love, spiritual as well as physical, told in a “let’s sit down and chat over a cup of some exotic tea” manner. So brew a cup of Oolong, Yerba Mate, or Acai, and dig in! 

Like you, the poets included in the Sucking Mangoes Naked anthology have had their succinct, nut-shaped erotica scattered here and there – everywhere -- throughout the literary landscape without a tangible proof of their efforts. But starting today, the

Elevensies – a new poetic form

This unique, intriguing form is pioneered by Australian poet Kerri Shying (created by another Aussie poet, Kit Kelen , in conversation with Kerri). She is eager for other poets to try it. See my article about it at Poets and Storytellers United, with some examples of Kerri's elevensies,  here .  And for my own first attempts, click this link .

Poetry on Video

Oh,  how exciting that Poets Out Loud, our Murwillumbah group started by the enterprising performance poet Sarah Temporal , is now happening via Zoom. It's on the third Thursday of the month, 7-9pm Sydney time. Details at their facebook page . Tonight we not only had interstate poets as well as locals participating, we also had international poets, one from Sri Lanka and two from the USA. We get used to visual applause (waving our hands in the air) and having little chats via text behind the scenes. What we lose of the energy of a live performance – I mean with everyone at the same venue – we make up for in the intimacy of close-ups, and the convenience of being able to meet, and even travel far to do so, while staying in our own homes. Sarah is still doing the hosting, with her usual warmth and efficiency. At any event that she runs, you know instantly that you're among friends. We are allowed to include stories, so this time I read  a short piece of autobiography  tha

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 belong to several, specifically  haiku and tanka. 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.  And what about the 'real-life' writing workshops ? I'm planning to start conducting them via Zoom, which I'm told is easy – after

Poetry Movie: People in Performance

Created by Kenneth Smeaton, recording Melbourne poetry history. In this episode I'm featured, reading what was once my most famous (or notorious!) poem.

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. You can click the links for the individual poems, to read them on my poetry blogs,  The Passionate Crone  and Enheduanna's Dauggter . The Day We Lost the Volkswagen Vagabond Sonnet Written Upon a Tim Tam The Advantages of Poetry