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
With the outbreak of Covid-19, many poets were left without the opportunity to showcase their new work at launches, readings and festivals. Red Room Poetry has stepped into the breach by publishing In Your Hands: A poetry collection for isolated times – a free digital anthology of 80 poems by Australian poets whose recent or forthcoming books have been affected by the pandemic. My poem ‘Brag or Bait’ is included in the anthology, which you can download HERE.
I’m delighted to feature in Australian Book Review’s ‘More Poetry for Troubled Times’ podcast. The podcast includes readings of poems by the likes of WB Yeats, Henry Lawson, Kenneth Slessor, Gwen Harwood, Bruce Dawe, Eavan Boland, Charles Simic, Czesław Miłosz, Denise Levertov, Emily Dickinson, and my selection, AR Ammons. The podcast is available via iTunes, Google and Spotify.
A few photos from the launch of my debut book of poems ‘Carte Blanche’ (Vagabond Press, 2019) and Aidan Coleman’s book of poems ‘Mount Sumptuous’ (Wakefield Press, 2020) on 12 February 2020, at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Thebarton. The launch was hosted by NO WAVE, in conjunction with Wakefield Press and Vagabond Press. Many thanks to Olivia de Zilva of NO WAVE for the photos.