Poem published in Divan Poetry Journal

‘No Straight Lines in Nature’

My poem ‘No Straight Lines in Nature‘ was sucked into the space time vortex πŸ˜‰ and re-emerged twice for breath.

Well it took nearly three years but the poem was accepted for publication in the Divan Poetry Journal in 2010 (sent in November 2009), has finally seen the light of day in Edition 8 of Divan Poetry Journal!

I had given up hope of hearing from the editors of Divan and had an edited version of the poem (and new title) published in Verity La – you may remember.

The Divan Poetry Journal Issue 8 has suffered numerous delays according to Editor, Dr Earl Livings at Boxhill Institute of TAFE (including State government cuts to the TAFE system and software issues).

Never mind.

It’s here now and you can pop over and read the first version of the poem here.

I originally wrote the poem for Paul Squires (who often waxed lyrical about the non-linear nature of time) and it seems appropriate that the poem has been on such a convoluted trip to publication (and note the poem was published in Divan on the 26th of July – so close to the anniversary of his death on the 28th of July).

Divan has published some pretty famous poets in previous editions (eg., Pam Brown, Ali Alizadeh,Β  Chris Wallace-Crabbe) so I am honoured to be included in the contributors list.Β  A thankyou to Editor Earl Livings (and no thanks to the State Government cuts in funding πŸ˜‰ ).
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Cartoon Life (for Fortnight of Funnies)

Fortnight of Funnies

tintin-et-cie by Benedicte Delachanal

This is my second poem published in Rhyme & PUNishment: Comedic Verse as discussed yesterday :). The wonderful cartoon above is from French speaking Canadian artist Benedicte Delachanal who blogs at Carnet De Dessins.

Cartoon Life

I want to live a cartoon life.

Things are clean and crispy white
in cartoon land.
Tintin’s dog Snowy,
Casper the friendly ghost
and Snoopy breathe in
the illustrators oxygen.

Strong clear black lines,
simple forms.
Dirt, unpleasant odours and itchy orifices are found elsewhere.

Swift resurrection follows bomb blasts,
bloody severed heads and ruptured spleens
no-where to be found.

Cartoon cats are squished, splayed, spliced and stretched
into emaciated bubble gum shapes,
but no worries – they quickly
spring, re-inflate and snap back into shape.

Scientific principles, gravity, speed and such like, are flexible.

Daffy Duck steps off the cliff
suspended in mid-air, until realising
the jam he’s in and plummets to safety.

Bugs Bunny is catapulted out of a cannon,
speed unchanging until telephone poles get involved.

Cowardly cartoon characters exit buildings
via replica perforations in the walls.
The threat of marriage often the motivation.

Solid walls painted to resemble a tunnel
can be entered by some but not others.
Flattened bodies of rodents, rabbits and coyotes
are testament to this variability of access.

But best of all, bags possessed by cool characters
have the ability to hold any amount of stuff
with no changes in external dimensions
of the bag – just like the TARDIS in Dr Who.

Yes, I want to live a cartoon life.

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‘Werewolves and Other Bitches’

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to open my mail and my eyes to a print copy of ‘Werewolves and Other Bitches’ (Prospective: A Journal of Speculation) from the USA.

The journal is ‘a quarterly literary journal focused on speculative fiction in both prose and poetry. “Werewolves and Other Bitches” showcases 15 writers from around the globe.’

It can be purchased as an e-book from amazon.com.

I am over the moon (sound of werewolf howling πŸ˜‰ ) to have my poem ‘I will come back to haunt you’ included in this tasty smorgasbord of speculative fiction.

Thank you Lauren Stone (editor of Loyal Stone Press) for finding a home for my ghost poem.

ps. if you do read the journal, make sure you read the short story ‘shift’ by Sierra Patheal’ – awesome werewolf tale πŸ˜‰ that puts a spin on human mistreatment of animals.

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‘Making a Stand’ published in Poetry24

My poem ‘Making a Stand’ has been published in the UK-based online journal Poetry24, ‘where news is the muse’ πŸ™‚

Click on this link to have a looksee.

The poem is about the recent controversy over the T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry.

Here is a run-down:

Poets are rebelling!

Have you heard about the recent controversy over the T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry (Β£15,000 for the winner; Β£1,000 for those on the short-list) run by the UK based Poetry Book Society.

The prize is awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland each year.

The Poetry Book Society’s funding was reduced because of Government cutbacks. The Society needed to find money from elsewhere. They eventually attracted a three-year sponsorship deal from Aurum Funds Management.

Happy days! Think again.

British poet Alice Oswald (and past winner of the award) was so unhappy with the selection of the sponsor that she withdrew her nomination. Aurum Funds Management is, among other things, a hedge fund manager.

Australian poet John Kinsella also withdrew his nomination for the lucrative poetry prize. He describes hedge funds as the ‘pointy end of capitalism’.

Will anyone else jump ship?

You’ll have to pop over to Poetry24 if you want to know more πŸ˜‰

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Note: image from Microsoft images.

Poem published in Verity La

My poem What will it take? – a short commentary on the appalling lack of psychiatric services in Australia – has been published in the online journal Verity La, under the category – ‘heightened talk, poetry with gumption’.

Jump over for a look see by following this link.

Verity La is an exciting ‘on-line creative arts journal, publishing short fiction and poetry, cultural comment, photomedia, interviews and review (literature, film and contemporary music only).Β  As it says on the mast-head, bravery is essential in this neck of the woods, which means creative risk-taking, freedom, and – above all else – being no one but yourself.’

I would like to thank co-editors Nigel Featherstone and Alec Patric for including my poem.