Issue 09 Reflections: Debbie Lee on ‘Black’

I am published on the page seventeen blog and more importantly in Issue 09 :D

Below is my reflection on that, but I’m not linking to the poem as I want to support the magazine, and it is improved from an earlier draft of it on the bubble anyway!

One of my friends describes my poetry as “emotive confessional”, so I tend to start writing from an emotional viewpoint. In all my writing I try to be emotionally honest, which I define as my own unfiltered reaction to a topic or situation.

Black is about my grandma, who died in 2009, and it references the same hospital where my father died in 1997. I knew it was going to be a colour-driven poem, because especially against white hospital walls, it often seems to me that other colours and emotions are splashed in reaction. This poem was par…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron


I know some of the folks performing at a Gil Scott Heron (GSH) tribute gig in Melbourne, so wish to promote it :D

Go to FB for invitation details or Bmail me if you’ve avoided facebook

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and
skip out for beer during commercials,
because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
in four parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon blowing
a bugle and leading a charge by John Mitchell, General Abrams
and Mendel Rivers to eat hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

The …

Heat 1 of the Victorian/Australian Poetry Slam in Castlemaine

When Wednesday, 26th of October 2011
RSVP on FB!/event.php?eid=15420...
Time 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Location Maurocco Bar – 4 Templeton St, Castlemaine, Australia
More Info Imagine two minutes in the spotlight. No props. No music. Judged by the audience. Just you…and your poem.

The Australian Poetry Slam is not a poetry reading. It’s more like a howling literary campfire with verbal voodoo, breathless rhythms and sweat breaking nerves. Think Hilltop Hoods mashed with Obama, a line of Paul Kelly, a few pinches of Judith Lucy, and a test tube of Les Murray all vying for audience love.

Two finalists from each state and territory will meet in Sydney to battle with their words on the main stage of the Sydney Theatre for the 2011 APS National Final on 2…

Poetica episode on 3 September 2011

Go here to click on the audio file

Mike Ladd presents a selection of poems from new publications around the nation, including first books from new authors and collections from well-established poets. There’s even a little poetry book from Green’s leader Senator Bob Brown.

Readers: Lizzy Falkland, Ksenja Logos, Paul Blackwell and Brant Eustice
Sound Engineer: Steve Fieldhouse
Production: Mike Ladd

List of poems:

Lovemaking With Asthma by Kate Llewellyn
from Poets and Perspectives
Publisher: Halstead Press

The Birds by Bob Brown
from In Balfour Street

Two Photographs by Rosanna Licari
from An Absence of Saints
Publisher: UQP

I Knew Someone by Stuart Solman
from In Advance of Our Broken Wings
Publisher: Pardalote Press

Quasimodo by Andy Jackson
from Among the Regulars
Publisher: Soi3 Modern…

Send Team Muddy Rivers (TMR) to the 2011 National Poetry Slam (NPS)

The Story
Each month Benjamin “IQ” Sanders presents Muddy Rivers Slam, a Brunswick based competition that has gives poets the opportunity to test their mettle against professional and amateur artists alike. Tough but fun comps are the name of the game; supporting your fellow poets while showing off your best game. The Slam is currently held at Noise Bar.

Part of the Muddy dream has always been to send a five person team to the PSI National Poetry Slam (NPS) in the U.S. Already IQ has assisted Luka Lesson in getting to 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam and Bronwyn Lovell in getting to 2011 World of Women Poetry Slam. Now it’s time for NPS.

NPS is the biggest of all, bigger than one of those ancient turtles that grant wishes to small children on solo round the world kayakin…

Poetry Idol 2011

Dear all,

So excited to share the news that on Sunday the 7th of August 2011 I will be competing for one of 10 paid places in the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, called something like poetry Idol presents Feature Poets on Sunday the 4th September.

Poetry Idol is different to a Poetry Slam which is based on performance. Poetry Idol is based upon the quality of the poetry submitted rather than the stage performance of the artist presenting it. All shortlisted poets will have at least one poem published and paid in the Paradise Anthology.

History of Poetry Idol
Established in 2007 as part of The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
In 2009 and 2010 heats were held at seven different libraries including, for the first time, Mornington and Geelong. The Poetry Idol Final, held each year …

Australian Poetry - Poem of the Week - Melbourne's Steve Smart

Each week Australian Poetry invites its members to pen a poem on a given theme. Congratulations to Steve Smart on this week’s Poem of the Week on Changing Australia

RED TAPE NATION (c. Steve Smart)

Life could be pleasanter
without faceless hands
interfering at every fork -
an enigma wrapped in red tape
and Monty Python routines

At peace with each other
we wouldn’t have to spend
so much time proving who we are
to people who don’t care

Rats in a maze
made of paperwork
coded in triplicate
simple questions rendered
into Godot like ensnarement

A tower of bureaucracy
rising to heaven
asking God
for proof of his/her/its existence
with 100 points of identification

The theme for next week’s Poem of the Week is TAX.
Please submit by Wednesday July 6th, 5pm.
Guidelines here.

Ode to Fight Club (2011 reworking)

I am watching TV on a PC
I am the flickering computer screen
I am a red velvet coat
I am an op-shop scarf
I am black stomping boots
I am enraged
I am mascara-stained eyes
I am vitriol
I am cursing the day we met
I am trapped in body
I am disembodied thought
I am the front door
I am walking out the door
I am on a road to nowhere
I am walking away
I am nowhere
I am nothing
I am lonely
I am altogether alone
I am my firm footsteps
I am walking nowhere
I am considering running
I am thinking of flight
I am prepared to fight
I am at the botanical gardens
I am the metal seat
I am sitting
I am not the tree
I am not the leaf plunging from the tree
I am not the leaves in the grass
I am not the grass
I am walking again
I am nowhere
I am nothing
I am lonely
I am altogether alone
I am nowhere
I am going nowhere
I am going regardless
I am go…

Dido - Here with me


I had never seen this original film clip for this beautiful ballad, and though I still really like the Incubus song I originally included with my poem When you are here, it made me think a reposting of the URL was warranted!

Dido Lyrics

I didn’t hear you leave
I wonder how am I still here
And I don’t want to move a thing
It might change my memory

Oh I am what I am
I’ll do what I want
But I can’t hide
I won’t go
I won’t sleep
I can’t breathe
Until you’re resting here with me
I won’t leave
I can’t hide
I cannot be
Until you’re resting here with me

I don’t want to call my friends
They might wake me from this dream
And I can’t leave this bed
Risk forgetting all that’s been


Today I will...

Inspired by ArcadiaTempest

Today I will ask the universe what I can do for it;
Today I will laugh with my entire body convulsing in pleasure;
Today I will look at my many physical imperfections and smile
(…because at 36, I am comfortable in my own skin);
Today I will see housework I can do for my sister as a blessing;
Today I will bake brownies with my niece and nephew
(…in part, to remind them there are greater delights than TV and electronics);
Today I will offer thanks for friends xxx

Please add as many Today thoughts as you wish :D

My musical accompaniment to the thoughts above
Today is the greatest
Day I’ve ever known
Can’t live for tomorrow,
Tomorrow’s much too long
I’ll burn my eyes out
Before I get out

I wanted more
Than life could ever gra…

Red Lobster poetry - Ep237

Ep237 features my poem Diving

From aways back…Red Lobster Episode Two Hundred and Thirty Seven
This episode aired on Wednesday 9 March 2011, at 11:00pm.
It was filmed at the Muddy Rivers Slam, 9 February 2011.

It includes the following people:
Komninos Zervos
Mel Hughes
Joel McKerrow
Sarah Acok-Ongom
Benjamin Solah
Bronwyn Lovell
Meena Shamaly

Previous journal on Red Lobster in 2010

Same major problem as previously noted – hate how I look!
But irrespective of TV shyness, it is always good to celebrate poetry!

Sister piece collaboration with Amanda Cass

I recalled this amazing artwork by Amanda Cass when writing the lines
she is a dandelion wish
blown away by something bigger,

Life is a breeze courtesy of Amanda Cass, makes a pretty interesting comparison to Captivity in my opinion, especially given the disdainful mention of domesticity, which has been a recurring theme lately.

Please visit her impressive portfolio – there are so many lovely things to see

Thanks so much for sharing your art with me Amanda, so glad you think she suits the wine-dark mood of the unnamed girl in my poem!

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