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Rosemary Nissen-Wade, Aussie poet and teacher of metaphysics: a personal view
Includes some of the material also found at this website, plus a whole lot of other stuff, from book reviews to personal experiences and reflections.

On witchery, healing and shifting energy (the learning of DragonStar Rose) 
DragonStar Rose is my (public) magical name. (There are others, used more privately.) This blog includes a variety of material about all of the things mentioned in the subtitle – sometimes as teaching tools for those who would like to learn, sometimes as personal realisations which may also be of interest or use to others.

Rosemary's Roses
Not quite every day, but often, I post photos of roses on facebook, with some hopefully uplifting message which comes to me at the time (copying a tradition started by another poet for his followers). People love these posts and look for them, so I now copy them to this blog, for people who don't have access to my facebook timeline.

Shifting Fog: 
Dwelling with Dementia
A journal I kept during my husband Andrew's final years, 2009 - 2012, chronicling what it was like to live with his increasing dementia. Though actually the dementia, although distressing to both of us, remained mild and well controlled; his various physical ailments often caused greater problems. I wrote it as a kind of therapy for myself, also hoped it might be some use to others going through similar experiences. I'm now not sure about the latter idea – for myself, the last thing I ever want to read nowadays is anything to do with similar experiences. ('You'll love it,' people say of the latest affecting book or movie. No, I won't – it was quite enough to live it, thanks.) There were people who found it enthralling and moving while I was writing it; some have suggested I publish it as a memoir. I'm not sure about that either – perhaps too painful for me and not useful enough to others.  Anyway, it remains as an archive.

The Widowhood Chronicles
I did this one for similar reasons to Shifting Fog, to help myself through the first years of widowhood. That too had a number of readers who thought it would be a marvellous help to others if I were to publish it. Again, I rather doubt that, and also am reluctant to relive what I have already survived – so it too remains as an archive.

Blowing My Own Trumpet
People are always begging me to write my memoirs, and I have sometimes written pieces that could one day form part of such a project. At one point I joined an online course for interpreting one's life (in writing) through the stages of the hero's journey. This blog has both components. However I have decided that I'm not going to write a memoir. I don't really enjoy that kind of writing and have to force myself to do it. Again, readers are enthralled and beg for more – but if I myself am not engaged, I can't see it working. But here are some bits about me and my life – as an archive.

The Truth About Fairies
Written with my late husband Andrew, recording our research into psychic children.

Celebrating Daevid Allen
A tribute by myself and others to our late friend – musician,  poet, and founder member of Gong – consisting mainly of poetry, his and ours.

Poets United
The home of an active international community of blogging poets, active 2010-2019, now archived (and still accessible). I was one of the staff members and feature writers. The community itself never died, simply changed locations and continues to thrive at:

Poets and Storytellers United

This is what Poets United has evolved into, beginning January 2020. There are weekly prompts, one specific, one open, as well as regular articles on topics of interest to writers. Our prompts are now always open to (very short) stories as well as poems. I'm still on staff, as Coordinator and Feature Writer.

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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.

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 pag

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