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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Week 45

Well, a shit week in more ways than one.  Cohen died.  America elected Trump and I manged to catch a throat infection.  


The Writing...

was again difficult due to starting late Sunday afternoon.  Managed to scrape together about an hour and a half  and push another poem towards first draft status. But this was about the tiredest I have felt around writin poetry. 

I have also banned myself from reading Shakespeare's Sonnets as I subconciously managed to channel some rythm and rhyme into the aforementioned poem.

The Study...

None

Close Reading...

I started reading The Poems of Masayo Koike, Shuntaro Tanikawa and Rin Ishigaki by Vagabond Press.  Specificially Rin Ishigaki's Moving on. I think this is my first translated poem for the year.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 2:15 (422
:07) hrs


poem writing = 01.30 (195:10) hrs

close reading =0:30(82:39) hrs

technique/theory 0:00(98:25) hrs

reflection = 0:15
(35:52) hrs



Poetry written:

0(39) poems completed


1 (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(10) poems

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jeanann Verlee performs Almighty

I have been listening to the Poetry Gods Podcast.  And came across American Poet and Writer Jeanann Verlee.

Take a couple of minutes to watch or listen to her perform. Note her pacing and use of silence/ pause.

A Poetry Says Double

Forgive me. I have been remiss in my duties to inform you of some more quality podcasting.  Please find below two recent podcasts from Alice Allan of Poetry Says.

The first is Alice interrogating on of Jill Jones' poems the second is an interview with Sydney poet Rob Wilson.

Ep 23. Jill Jones gets back to work
Ep 24. Rob Wilson on poetically killing the PM

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Month 11

Available through
Booktopia
Can't complain, things went well in writing land.

Only one poetry collection arriving this week   but next week I think I will have some explaining to do - the "It's Christmas shopping" excuse has a limited lifespan. 

I snapped up a 50% off deal through UWAP for Bruce Dawe's Border Security ( I think they were testing their online shop) so I was happy to get the collection for about $10.

I also managed to splurge on a bundle from Vagabond Press, (sadly it was the last day for the specials but you should still check them out) specifically a set of 6 Asia Pacific 3Poet volumes and Watashi by ShuntarĊ Tanikawa.

While I'm spruiking, you should donate to the Verity La supporters drive through the Australian Cultural Fund - they are nearly fully funded but it would be kind to let Michelle and the team relax and do some planning around spending that money on the payment of contributors for 2017.


The Writing...


was hard this week, coutesy of a migraine on the morning of my writing day and a stomach bug that had me wanting to write an Ode to Triple Ply toilet paper.  Still, as a professional I turned up and did the work and consequently there's some ideas in devlopment for tomorrow.

Part of the writing also involved reworking last week's poem, submitting it to an overseas magazine and sending out a previously written poem to another market.  

Consequently I ended up getting published this week as followers and friends will have noticed.  This publication was additional to the acceptance I mentioned last week.  So while the writing was slow, earlier efforts paid off.

You can read Unguarded here at Bluepepper.


The Study...

I completed noting the chapter on rhyme and repetition in Frances Mayes', The Discovery of Poetry - A field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems and read Longenbach's chapter on Ending the Line in The Art of the Poetic Line.  I can't recommend these books enough especially if you have achived some level of poetic competance.

Close Reading...

None this week.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 4:09 (419:52) hrs


poem writing = 02.00 (193:40) hrs

close reading =0:00(82:09) hrs

technique/theory 1:31(98:25) hrs

reflection = 0:30(35:37) hrs



Poetry written:

1(39) poems completed


1 (18)poems in draft


Poems Submitted:


2(25 in total) poems



Poems Published:


1(9) poem


Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:
0(1)


Rejections:


0(10) poems

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Booktopia's last free shipping for the year

Nearly that time of the year again and my inbox informs me that Booktopia are having their last free shipping of the year.  There's a slight change this year with a minimum spend of $17  to receive your free shipping but considering its Christmas I don't think that's be a problem for most folks.

I thought I would make a few Christmas suggestions for those of you with a poet or potential poet in the family.

Two recent purchases of mine that I have found to be very good resources are:

The Discovery of Poetry - A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Frances Mayes.  This book does what it says on the box.  Good for adult beginners and those without a large poetry library.

The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach - a slight volume, but packed full of information about the Line, both in metered and free verse.  This book requires multiple readings to squeeze out all the insight.

I'd encourage you to checkout the Australian Individual Poets list and the New Poetry Releases category.






And as always at this time of the year get yourself a copy of the The Best Australian Poems

Click any of the links on this page and you'll give this poet a christmas present too - a commission at no cost to you.  Provided you bu poetry (or other stuff if you must).


The Deal:

Place an order and spend a minimum of $17 before midnight, Monday the 14th of November (AEST and NZST) with the promotion code SMART, and you will receive free shipping on your order. The promotion code can be used as many times as you, or your family and friends, want on any orders between now and then.


The promotion code field where you enter the word SMART is on the last page of the checkout just before you complete your order (Payment and Review). Under Order Summary, click the plus symbol to expand the section so you can enter the code.

Please note: You may need to click the word "Apply" next to the promotion code field to receive your free shipping discount if it has not automatically applied it.


This offer is only available to Australian and New Zealand shipping addresses. If you are overseas and want to ship to an Australian or New Zealand address then you can use this promotional code too.

It is not applicable for Australia Post Express Post, eBooks, gift certificates OR magazines. The discount code applies only to the shipping cost of standard delivery to Australia or New Zealand and not to the overall order.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Publication at Bluepepper - Unguarded

Justin Lowe over at Bluepepper has seen fit to publish my poem Unguarded today.

Please make your way over there to read it - Unguarded.
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