Monthly Archives: September 2013

In Response

In response to a number of statements made online and in the media about my poetry, I’d like to tell you about my creative process. I was not given the opportunity to respond to some of the claims before they were made, so I am doing so here, and I am doing so now.

Reading and listening to music are a vital part of my process. And there are times when I’m reading a poem or listening to a song that a door opens and my mind flashes with images from my personal history. It may be a phrase, a line, a metaphor that triggers this, but when it occurs, I give myself over to the images and ensure I capture them. In doing this, the framework of the poem is used to tell my own story and parts of the original text are creatively appropriated in the formation of a new work.

Have I credited the original work the way academia would have? No. Does poetry and music have a long history of sampling, of re-purposing, of homage? Yes. Will I continue to seek inspiration and motivation and keys to my memories and experience from outside of my own head? Yes. It’s impossible to do otherwise. But let me be clear, my motivation has always been to charm the moment that has found me into a poem and only that, not to steal and never to cause harm.

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Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10

I have to admit, I have always struggled with Dylan’s 1970 album, Self Portrait, but from what I have read (and heard) of the just released box set, Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series Vol. #10, I am excited to uncover some of the lost music from what was a strange period in Dylan’s career. And as always, there is a release to suit every fan, including a 3 x vinyl set and a 4CD box set featuring the first official release of Bob Dylan and The Band live at the Isle of Wight. This series has never failed to deliver, so I can’t wait to spend some quality time with the 30+ rarities that have been rescued from the vaults.

Here’s a glimpse of what has been uncovered …

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Happy Indigenous Literacy Day

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Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, and you can help make a difference. For as little as $10, you can help change the lives of people in remote communities. Visit the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website to find out more about the remarkable work they are doing.

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Spring Breeze

To celebrate the changing of the season, I have been collaborating with Rose van Son, Gary Colombo De Piazzi and Meryl Manoy on a Spring Junicho. Here’s our offering to the new season…

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[photograph by Rose van Son]

spring breeze
we raise a kite
into the sound

(GN)

*

hands on my face
the sun’s rays

(RVS)

*

the flush
on her cheek
first kiss

(GCD)

*

a bee caresses
the rose blossom

(MM)

*

dawn light
I slip between
two waves

(GN)

*

a shell on the beach
unknown

(RVS)

*

butterfly
its last spiral
to the ground

(GCD)

*

leaves fall
and the forest catches fire

(MM)

*

yellow bursts
from the crocus bulb
washing day

(GN)

*

season’s end
marmalade jars fill the bench

(RVS)

*
through the glass
the sun’s orange glow
traps a moth

(GCD)

*

higher still
clouds scud a waning moon

(MM)

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