Journal

#CombTheSky - a captivating collection

Book review: Comb the sky with satellites it’s still a wilderness
Social Media: #CombTheSky
Publisher: House of Lovers
Author: Cathoel Jorss

CTSWSISAW – nine capital letters to represent such a big, bold collection of poems & photographs. On a personal level, many of my emotional reactions to Cathoel Jorss’ poems paralleled those letters: calm, tender, startled, weary, inspired, anguished. Definitely a wide range of responses, but authentic. I often fell back to the dedication ‘for this’ – yes, this is why I read poetry: To feel, to question, to think, to respond.

From the title, the keywords that stayed with me throughout reading were satellites & wilderness. I love the contrast. And my varied reactions to Cathoel Jorss’ poems & photogra…

In loving memory of Ivy May Houston (nee Chappell)

My Grandma, born 5/5/1914 – died 10/07/2009, has influenced me in untold and unknowable ways, but I credit my return to creative writing in 2009 in large part to the following:
1) Grief;
2) Growth; and
3) Career dissatisfaction.

Grief
As a child, I was regularly writing in 1986 and 1987 when my grandfathers died. When my father died on 31st of October, 1997, I had just completed my second degree and an Honours thesis, so writing purely for myself was not a serious priority. I had a diary where I tended to put personal musings, but I was more interested in helping Mum and getting into the post-study phase. When I began to re-focus on writing for myself, it led me to March 2009 membership to RedBubble.

Growth
Between 1998 and 2008 when I experienced my first decade of full-time employment,…

Concrete Poetry Now - City Library supporting poetry

Wanted to share word of the CPN opening night and sound poetry soirée: Thursday 20 March, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Here is a facebook invite too

Where? Gallery and Degraves at City Library – 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Dates? Monday 3 March to Friday 28 March, 2014
Official Launch? Thursday 20 March, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Why? “A Melbourne-centric exhibition of living Australian concrete poets, veteran and new practitioners, with traditional and contemporary approaches to concrete, sound and action poetry. Using various 2D art mediums, Concrete Poetry Now! curated by Ashley J Higgs with assistance from renowned soundpoet Peter Murphy, and, sound poetry producer Sjaak de Jong, will also incorporate sound poetry on opening night, transforming graphics and text from the page and realtime improv…

Bear (on p10 of PPM Issue 18)

Always excited to feel the support of my Pink Panther Magazine sisters! Thank you Jen, Anna, VirgoSun, Sybille and Helen.

I feel pretty delighted that a piece as small as Bear made the cut actually! Hard to go past the lovely things Jen has already written for promotional purposes too methinks…

“One of Pink Panther Magazine’s visions is to see every woman connect with other women in order to glean from each other’s experiences and to draw upon the encouragement and support a sisterhood of shared interests can provide. The art, poetry, and articles selected for each issue cover a plethora of feminist experiences—most of which center on the individual woman and how she reacts, adapts, and navigates through her daily endeavors.

The common threads that bind the featured art and p…

No longer co-hosting Live Love Dream

Hi all, just wanted to share that I’ve stepped down as a co-host of LLD due to the difficulty of meeting work, family and other commitments.

It was a pleasure assisting Holly and then others along the way, but sometimes life is just too busy!

See you round the RB corridors sometime!

Cheers
Deb :)

Red Room Company Disappearing Project

Hi all,

Earlier this year I announced Ode to Fight Club being featured in the Red Room Company’s Disappearing Project – the first time I have had a poem published in an iPhone/Android App :)

And here’s some more news on that project… The Red Room Company are seeking new poetry all around Australia.

Thanks to an incredible show of support by its friends, The Red Room Company raised over $5000 to map Australia with poetry. Now, they are seeking poems about places all around Australia for a nation-wide edition of our innovative new app, The Disappearing.

They’re looking for new poems that explore everything that vanishes: buildings, ideas, people and places. To participate, send them a new poem about something in the process of disappearing, and tell them about …

Launch of fourW twenty-three

Hi all,

I am immensely excited to share news that I will be visiting my old stomping ground of Melbourne at the start of December for the following event – my first time published in an university anthology:

Launch of fourW twenty-three at The Butterfly Club: 2nd December, 2pm

For more information on the Booranga Writers’ Centre, please visit the website.

The Butterfly Club here

Celebrate the power of words with Booranga

PS: it will also launch in NSW, but I won’t be there per the following
- Sydney at Gleebooks: 24th November, 3pm
- Wagga Wagga at the City Library: 1st December, 2pm
However, anyone who goes to those – please let me know. Will be thrilled to hear about the events regardless!

Brisbane Performance Poetry Workshop 11/8/12

Hi all

I had the privilege of attending a State Library workshop facilitated by Nick Grivas on Saturday 11/8/12. This post is to cover some of the fun and challenging things the day offered:

  • What is poetry to you?

Around a table of 10 people, these are the main themes that I noticed:

Poetry is cathartic

It records, conveys, captures emotion.

It is redemptive, makes sense.

Poetry is connection

This is something I have written on that theme also

  • How do we connect through poetry?

A technique discussed – re-read poems. Change things from abstract to concrete.

What was meant by this: Substitute intangible for something that can be grabbed onto.

It is the difference between love is beautiful and some of the concrete images I use in this poem, such as

Love is a tightrope:
like the one from ki…