My head is well and truly swimming with poetry… QPF 2010 was an unforgettable weekend, but more on that later… tonight is for dreaming.
There is however one thing I would love to share with you all. Poetry as we all know rarely gets alot of airtime in major newspapers, so it was a rush to be featured in a 6 page spread – Thrill of the Quill – in The Courier Mail’s glossy weekend liftout, QWeekend on Saturday (Aug 28).
In the article, Frances Whiting talks to QLD stalwarts, Bruce Dawe and David Rowbotham; one of the fresh young faces in Brisbane poetry, Zenobia Frost; UQP Poetry Editor, Felicity Plunkett; editor of Jacket Magazine, John Tranter and myself to get the lowdown on the poetry scene past, present and future.
Here’s a link to download the article – Poetry is not Dead_Courier Mail – Qweekend_28 August 2010.
Kathleen Noonan has raised the question of Poet Laureate in her weekly ‘Last Word’ column in this Saturday’s Courier Mail (January 10, 2009).
This is a question, that I am sure will create much debate, as the role of Poet Laureate is seen by many as archaic, meaningless and a creative curse. In her article, Noonan quotes John Kinsella who states:
“A poet laureate for Australia? God forbid. It’s the edge of subversion that comes with the poet existing outside the status quo that makes poetry necessary.”
A good point and one that Noonan acknowledges, suggesting that the regressive, messy and vaudevillian, Michael Leunig might be able to step into the role and successfully walk the subversive tightrope.
This Lost Shark is certainly all for the promotion of poetry in the public arena, but for me the jury is undecided as to whether the best way of doing this is by appointing a Poet Laureate.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the issue, so have a look at the article and drop me a line:
Read the article here: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24875473-5012506,00.html
In yesterday’s Last Word column in the Courier Mail, Kathleen Noonan opened with:
“THESE are the things I know. I know people care about words and good books and poetry and matters of the soul and love and the bush and sea and the river and dogs and good coffee.”
It is always a kick to read in the paper that people care about poetry. Kathleen is a passionate supporter of the arts, particularly poetry, often quoting from contemporary works that have thrilled her (this lost shark has even had a poem or two quoted by Kathleen in her weekly Last Word column). In this week’s column she goes on to quote from the poem Divorce by Kate Llewellyn and namechecks Bruce Dawe and Shelton Lea.
More of it I say!
To read the full article visit: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24853414-5012506,00.html