It’s been all systems go here at Lost Shark HQ this last month or so… three books about to launch, the residency at Varuna and now this gem… a chapbook titled Presence that I had the immense pleasure of curating for Cordite.
Presence features artwork by Cindy Keong and new poems from Nathan Shepherdson, Pascalle Burton, Aidan Coleman, Louise Oxley, Ross Donlon, Tim Sinclair, Jean Kent, Jon Paul Fiorentino, Sachiko Murakami and Jacqueline Turner. Each of the artists responded to the idea of Presence in their own way, making this a unique reading experience.
Here’s a link to the chapbook… and please, spread the word as this deserves to be read widely!
Just before angela rawlings landed on our shores, Cordite editor, Kent MacCarter, tapped me on the shoulder and invited me to interview her about her Sound Poetry and Visual Poetry Project, which morphed into the intensely wonderful Gibber. That interview, aptly dubbed, Fauna Sounds, is now available to read as part of Cordite Issue 40: Interlocutor. And yes… we talked!
The interview spanned the majority of angela’s residency, slowing building as the Gibber project took flight. Re-reading this interview has been a joy, as angela’s quiet wisdom and boundless generosity burn brightly. And as someone who watched the project grow, I feel that the interview provides more than a few wonderful insights into the creative process of a truly innovative artist.
The full interview is available here, and while you are there, be sure to check out the rest of the issue… there is much to be reveled in!
Friday night is the perfect night for some Zombie-fuelled fun, and I am pleased to report I have had a second poem accepted as part of Cordite’s Zombie Renga…
My first verse was:
all this exposed flesh
shivers my skin
and most recently:
dreaming of pearls
the old actress
leaves her teeth out
If you have not already discovered the Zombie Renga at Cordite then be sure to head on over and join the fun.
With Zombies on the brain, I have been thrashing Conversation 16 (a cannabalistic love song) by The National, from their new album High Violet. You won’t be able to resist singing along with the chorus, ‘I was afraid, I’d eat your brains.’
And speaking of coming back from the dead, check out this clip of the Bronte Sisters reimagined as Transformer-Style-Power-Dolls. Imagine one of those in your Christmas sack!
Gotta love Friday nights…
If you haven’t already heard, Cordite are hosting a Zombie themed renga, and just last night this Lost Shark had a poem accepted for verse 5, so head on over and check it out… and better still, channel your inner zombie and throw your own voice into the mix. You don’t have to be experienced with the haiku form to get involved. The discussion that is already happening is very lively and well worth being a part of, and if you would like to know a little more about the renga format, there are some great links on the Cordite page to steer you in the right direction. Hope to read some of your ‘Zomku’ over at Cordite real soon…
One of the projects I have been working on recently is a collaborative article with Melbourne based poet and educator, Ashley Capes titled, The death of poetry in Australian classrooms. The article is has gone live today on Cordite as part of their Zombie issue, so head on over and check it out. Both Ashley and I hope the article sparks much discussion, so please be sure to leave a comment… I know we will both be checking in regularly to jump on board the thread of conversation/debate.
And while we are talking poetry in schools, I was forwarded a link recently by Kate Eltham, to a great site called 30 Poets 30 Days. The site will publish a new poem for young people every day during the month of April (National Poetry Month in the States), so if you are looking for new poetry to use in your classroom, or to share with the kids (or heaven forbid, enjoy yourself!), this may be a great place to start!