It’s 10 years this week since the culmination of a project Aidan Coleman and I ran in 2012, in which we invited South Australian poets to write about the renowned stained glass in St. Bart’s Church, Norwood, one of Adelaide’s oldest churches. Many of South Australia’s – and Australia’s – finest poets took up the challenge, 30 of them in all. The poems were showcased at a poetry reading at St. Bart’s in early November of that year, at which the poets read alongside the windows. A selection of the poems was anthologised in Light & Glorie (Pantaenus Press, 2012). The poems ranged from devotional to skeptical, from detailed to digressive, from the personal and aesthetic, to the historical. In the 10 years since, the newspaper articles about the project and two of the radio interviews have disappeared from their respective websites. But, happily, the Light & Glorie anthology is still available from Amazon, ABC Radio National’s hour-long podcast about the project is still online, and so are Robert Rath’s excellent photos of the poetry reading. Links below.
One of my poems is among 20 that have been tagged on the footpaths of Adelaide’s CBD, using invisible paint that appears only when it rains. My poem (‘To remember that a tree / is aired in sky as much / as it’s grounded in earth.’) can be found near the corner of Union and Grenfell Streets, opposite the Crown & Anchor Hotel. Many thanks to the Raining Poetry in Adelaide team, the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, and the City of Adelaide.
My poem ‘Dance of the Last Rhino’ has been published in Issue 2 of The Saltbush Review, an important new journal which focuses on connecting the South Australian literary community with readers and writing spaces across the world. Many thanks to Lyn, Gemma, Melanie, Clare, and Theodora of the editorial team.
My poem ‘Kinesis, Kenosis’ has been published in Social Alternatives’ ‘Poetry to the Rescue: Special Poetry Issue’, volume 40.3. Many thanks to the Poetry Editor, Aidan Coleman.
Many thanks to Anne Elvey, Managing Editor of Plumwood Mountain, for the opportunity to review two of John Kinsella’s recent books: Hollow Earth (Transit Lounge, 2019), his first science fiction novel, and Open Door (UWAP, 2018), the final book of poems in his Jam Tree Gully trilogy. Click here for the REVIEW of Hollow Earth. Click here for the REVIEW of Open Door.
One of my poems is among 20 that have been tagged on the footpaths of Adelaide’s CBD. The poems have been stencilled with invisible paint, and will only appear when it rains. Many thanks to Jill Jones (who selected the poems), the Raining Poetry in Adelaide team, and the City of Adelaide.
I’m delighted to say that Carte Blanche has been awarded the 2020 Mary Gilmore Award for the best first book of poetry published in Australia last year. I feel very honoured, particularly knowing what a great shortlist it was, and how many great books of Australian poetry have received the award in the past. Carte Blanche is available from Vagabond Press at www.vagabondpress.net