Tags: australian poetry, poetry, writing
The Architecture Of Water, a collection of poetry written and compiled by the late and great Brisbane poet Paul Squires, is now available for purchase.
Paul originally submitted this manuscript to the judges of the 2010 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript; the prize, had he been successful, $3000 and a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press. Sadly, Paul died a few weeks after submitting it, but not before indicating that he would like to self-publish it (or possibly an alternate version) if it proved unsuccessful with the judges.
For the many of us who were touched by the beauty and intelligence of Paul’s work, and by his generosity of spirit, The Architecture Of Water will be an essential purchase and the truth of this will be self-evident. For those who are newcomers you might be asking, “Why should I buy this book, and what’s in it for me?” The best answer, I believe, can be found within the archives of this blog – Gingatao, by Paul Squires. Gingatao is, in one word, his ‘masterwork’: it has been archived by The National Library of Australia and described as ‘a work of significance and long term research value.’ To own The Architecture of Water is to hold a particular manifestation of Gingatao in the form of a narrative, or a guided tour if you like; not so much a selection of highlights (though every selection is), but rather an example of just one of the many ways it is possible to grasp Paul’s non-linear work of art in a linear fashion.
The Architecture Of Water can be purchased, in hardcover format only, [here]
Paul’s first book, The Puzzle Box, is available in
Tags: australian poetry, performance poetry, poetry
Episode Two – Paul Squires poem “Three-legged Dog”
Tags: australian poetry, poetry
It is with tremendous pride that I announce the appearance of two of my poems in one of Australia’s oldest and most well-respected on-line poetry journals, Foam:e.
The two poems, “A Small Boy Holding Flowers” and “The Yellow Dress” are two of my favorites and I am glad they found a home in such a beautifully presented collection and in such excellent company. The journal also contains work by Stu Hatton, Jill Jones, Angela Gardner and Derek Motion.
Anyone with an interest in Australian contemporary poetry should pop over and spend an hour or two checking out the work of some of our best poets. (And check out my two poems too, if you care to.)
I have been away from the computer for a while and I am miles behind in my reading and commenting. I apologise for my absence. But I’m back…
Tags: australian poetry, poetry, writing
again cirrus seen tumbling from
below through cracks in which
the day explodes and scares
the dog crawls
down between my feet while
typing bad boy tattoos for Amber
in the rhythm
of the rain on the summer roof
arguing with Alessander
now no longer free to dance
in a Borges anti-tale
get out ya coward kicks
a belly rumbling bass
til an early dawn asleep at last around
some foundling made of stranger
stuff and dreams
of being Banjo’s star
in the film of A Dog’s Mistake
Tags: absolut'ly free Australian sentences, australian poetry, con-temporary poetry, F., poetry
Fear. and freedom from it.
looking in mirrors and startling
fantastical modifications in form
with no apparent function
p is for pointless alliteration
without contrasting consonants
F is for free
to give it all away
and go sailing.
Tags: australian poetry, Derek Motion, flarf, magazine, memoirs, poetry, ron silliman
With all due respect and so as to bury the point deeper under unnecessary verbiage.
How to make a magazine.
Pick a name, Jacket or foam:e or Cordite. Maybe not them, I think they are owned already, then select a template, find a techie who loves to fiddle with computers if necessary or just start with a free wordpress blog but spend twenty bucks on getting the dot wordpress removed. Ask your friends who presumably can write for submissions and throw links. Ask them to write cool stuff about how hip your magazine is and how cool it is to be in it. Silliman is only famous because he and his mates namipulated the grooogel algyrhythm. It works by weighting links, not the traffic that goes through them. A good internet writer can write good links. And what a cool job, man. Wherever you are bash out a bit of citizen journalism or poetry or plain old fashioned bullshit, like Silliman whilst sitting on a beach drinking beer anywhere in the world. You are all too prissy and poetical.
Haha, Friday night. Anyway staplers and photocopiers are dangerous and when a kid wants to know something about poetry he googles it. Create your own careers you lazy cynical bastards. What do they teach at universities these days. Did you see Tao Lin, selling shares in his publishing future? Haha. It’s not hard but you gotta be smart, smarter than me cos I am too honest. Have fun. It’s the only thing that works, my friend, if that is not a premature assumption. Oh, and write everyday if you can and put it in public, it is good for your writing.
How much did Goethe write, by candlelight,
(A response to this brilliant piece of writing by Derek, Mr Motion.)