Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A bit of good news for the end of the year.



It's been a shit year for a lot of people in my circles (writing and arts) so it's with no small feeling of joy that I can pass on the good news that Verity La has been able to raise funds to pay its contributors next year.

They have been running since 2010 as a free to read, on-line, no profit, creative arts journal, publishing short fiction and poetry, cultural comment, photo-media, reviews, and interviews.

In a month or so they managed to raise $5592 with the help of the Australian Cultural Fund and generous supporters. 

So here's to a great 2017 with the Verity La crew. 

And if you haven't read them, check out the website or listen to one of their great podcasts

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Month 12

This last week nearly killed me (shakes fist at 2016).  But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Spring turned on its charm for my writing day, unfortunately most of that day saw me lending moral support to my other half as she volunteered at a local gallery.

I nursed a headache and put up with visitors who seem to have no understanding that writing and reading are activities which should not be interrupted (Barbarians!).

Somehow I managed to get in 3 hours work.

Only a month to go in the year of poetry and thankfully I will have some time to sit down and do some serious reflecting.



The Writing...

was short and painful.  I reworked a poem for most of that time, experimenting with structure mostly.

The Study...
was more of a refresher. I read the Frances Mayes' Chapters on Metrical and Free Verse in  The Discovery of Poetry - A field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems

Close Reading...

I began Naomi Shihab Nye's, The Books We Haven't Touched in Years.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 3:12 (433:13) hrs


poem writing = 1:00 (200:25) hrs

close reading =0:27(83:36) hrs

technique/theory 1:20 (102:17) hrs

reflection = 0:25(37:04) hrs



Poetry written:

0(41) poems completed


0(19)poems in draft


Poems Submitted:


0(25 in total) poems



Poems Published:


0(9) poem



Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:

0(1)


Rejections:

0(12) poems

Me attempting Sonnet 116 in Original Pronunciation

I decided to have a little pre-christmas fun and attempt to read Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 in Original Pronunciation.

The first performance is me attempting to channel a Bad Devon Farmer (I have no idea if it is actually a Devon accent) accent and the second is me reading using my natural accent with the OP pronunciations.

Hope I give you a giggle.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Unguarded Recording Live

Just released my poem Unguarded (previously published on Bluepepper) in Audio Format at Soundcloud.  You can play the link below or it will sit in the Poetry Readings column on the RHS of the blog(not view-able on mobile).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Week 47

New Arrival 
And 2016 continues to be one of those years: Cohen, Castro, Mrs Brady (Florence Henderson) being just the latest departures and we are left with a growing populist/fascists/racist chancers.

Still the weather is nice. Spring almost through the door and we haven't got close to forty degrees here.  Perfect writing weather if it wasn't for the day job and report writing.

My copy of wasting the milk in summer by Sara Saleh arrived and I am looking forward to reading this NSW Slam Poetry 2015 State finalist's work during my break.  Check her out, an inspiring young Australian.

No submissions or rejections this week.



The Writing...

was good when I could get down to it.  Report writing, marking, the extra hours that you don't get paid for but do because sometimes you are the only stable thing in a young person's life. Managed the two hours poetry writing last Sunday, but it was hard work.

The Study...

wasn't as enjoyable this week, the second half of  Longenbach's chapter on Ending the Line in The Art of the Poetic Line seemed to hold less value for me and continuing into the next chapter
 on prose poetry admittedly nearly put my to sleep. I'm not convinced prose poetry's for me.

Close Reading...

None done this week.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 3:37(430:01) hrs


poem writing = 2:
00 (199:25) hrs

close reading =0:00(83:09) hrs

technique/theory 1:22 (100:57) hrs

reflection = 0:15(36:39) hrs



Poetry written:


0(41) poems completed


0(19)poems in draft


Poems Submitted:


0(25 in total) poems



Poems Published:


0(9) poem



Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:
0(1)


Rejections:


0(12) poems

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Week 46

Spring has arrived

Spring showed up for the first time this week with temperatures in the high thirties. Following from last week's calamities this week was significantly better in terms of health and output. Hours were up - I managed just over 4 hours in total and two poems solidified into good first drafts.

I recieved Racing Hummingbirds by Jeanann Verlee from my digital library and The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation by David Crystal, through interlibrary loan.

My copy of Best Australian Poems 2016 also arrived and it's good to see work by poets I am now more familiar with.

I have had a good run and it had to happen sooner or later - this week saw two rejections.  Those rejections came at the same time as a job contract for 12 months landed in my inbox, so I can't complain.

The sting of rejection continues to pack less venom each time.



The Writing...

was exceptional. I managed, as mentioned above, to get two poems completed, at least to the first draft/tinkering stage.  A combination of dragging myself out of bed earlier and getting shit done and not having a throat full of razor blades.


The Study...

Was surprisingly enjoyable considering the density of the text and the lateness of the day when I sat down to note Longenbach's chapter on Ending the Line in The Art of the Poetic Line.  I would have finished the notation today if I hadn't been distracted by David Alpaugh's essay on the Professionalisation of Poetry. It's well worth a read.  

As an exercise I examined the latest Best Australian Poems to determine how many contributors worked as professional creative writers, teachers of writing or had MA or PHD's in those fields.  As far as I could tell only about 40% did, which I think strikes a reasonable balance.

Close Reading...

I finished reading and noting Rin Ishigaki's Moving on.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 4:07(426:14) hrs


poem writing = 2:15 (197:25) hrs

close reading =0:30(83:09) hrs

technique/theory 1:10(99:35) hrs

reflection = 0:32(36:24) hrs



Poetry written:

2(41) poems completed


0(19)poems in draft


Poems Submitted:


0(25 in total) poems



Poems Published:


0(9) poem


Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:
0(1)


Rejections:


2(12) poems

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Boy" by Gretchen Marquette

Came across this courtesy of CBS. Gretchen Marquette's Boy.

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