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Last reading for 2012…

It has been another massive year, but I am not quite ready to put the feet up (keep your eyes on this site for the announcement of an important fundraising project later this week).

So before the Christmas rush hits, I would love you all to come out and support my final reading of the year. I don’t do many feature readings in Brisbane these days, and I am really excited about this one, as I am sharing the bill with two exciting artists; Angela Gardner who is one of the founders of the unique, light-trap press and one of my favourite Australian poets, Laurie Duggan, who will launch his book, Leaving Here… on the night, in what is an all too rare opportunity to hear him read on home soil.

Here’s the details:

Join Light-Trap Press and Queensland Poetry Festival to celebrate the launch of Laurie Duggan’s latest collection Leaving Here…

…a suite of poems about being here and finding one’s feet elsewhere,
with an original lino-print cover by Angela Gardner. This beautifully
produced limited edition of only 100 signed and numbered copies is
the third in the light-trap press poetry-in-print series.

Laurie will take to the mic to read from the collection, joined on the evening by local poets Graham Nunn and Angela Gardner. Along with fine poetry and a glass of wine, Light-Trap Press will be giving away a lucky door prize on the night – a unique hand-printed letterpress broadsheet ‘Swung Weight’.

When: Thursday 29th November
Time: 6pm start
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP to sarah.qldpoetry@gmail.com

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I hope you can make it out to what will be an incredible event!

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The Launch of Leaving Here by Laurie Duggan

This has been an incredible year… T.H.E. Nunn is just about to celebrate his first birthday, ALS Publications released home{sic} by Julie Beveridge and Private Conversations vol. 1 by Cameron Hindrum, I travelled to Mission Beach for the very first time and worked with some amazing local writers, I joined the Speakers Ink family, I read twice in Melbourne, I had the pleasure of hosting an ‘in conversation’ session with one of my long time poetry heroes, Robert Adamson and now, to close the year, I have been invited to read on the bill at Laurie Duggan’s book launch. Really, it doesn’t get much better! Laurie’s work has been a major influence on my own writing, so it will be an absolute honour to share the stage on such a major occasion.

So here are the details folks, be sure to put them in your diary as I would love to see you all there.

Join Light-Trap Press and Queensland Poetry Festival to celebrate the launch of Laurie Duggan’s latest collection Leaving Here

…a suite of poems about being here and finding one’s feet elsewhere,
with an original lino-print cover by Angela Gardner. This beautifully
produced limited edition of only 100 signed and numbered copies is
the third in the light-trap press poetry-in-print series.

Laurie will take to the mic to read from the collection, joined on the evening by local poets Graham Nunn and Angela Gardner. Along with fine poetry and a glass of wine, Light-Trap Press will be giving away a lucky door prize on the night – a unique handprinted letterpress broadsheet ‘Swung Weight’.

When: Thursday 29th November
Time: 6pm start
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland,
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
RSVP: Email sarah.qldpoetry@gmail.com

Laurie Duggan grew up in Melbourne and since 2006 he has been living in a market town in East Kent and is a regular reader on the London poetry circuit. He was awarded the ALS gold medal for outstanding work (for Mangroves, UQP 2003), and the succeeding book The Passenger (UQP, 2006) won the Judith Wright Calanthe award at the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Awards. His most recent books are Crab & Winkle, Exeter, Shearsman, 2009; The Epigrams of Martial (2nd ed), Boston, Pressed Wafer, 2010; Allotments [1-29], Wendell, Massachusetts, Fewer & Further, 2011; The Pursuit of Happiness, Bristol, Shearsman, 2012; and The Collected Blue Hills, Sydney, Puncher & Wattman 2012. His blog is at: graveneymarsh.blogspot.com

Angela Gardner is the author of two books of poetry, Views of the Hudson (Shearsman Books, 2009), written in New York during a Churchill Fellowship in print/poetry, and Parts of Speech (UQP, 2007) winner of the 2006 Arts Queensland ‘Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize’. Ampersand Duck, Canberra recently published her chapbook ‘Of Sky’. Angela also practices as a visual artist and has work in public collections.

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clouds in another’s blood – the official launch

Nathan Shepherdson is one of the most innovative poets currently writing in this country and this Saturday (September 8), he (officially) launches his latest collection, clouds in another’s blood at Heiser Gallery, 90 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley from 2pm.

The book is the second of the light-trap press ‘poetry- in-print series’ of signed limited edition, collectable books of original artwork combined with new poetry.

There are only 40 of these handsome volumes in print and after Nathan’s reading at SpeedPoets earlier in the year, there are now only 20 available. So if you want to ensure that you get to take a copy home, you can pre-order now by contacting Kerry from light-trap press at lighttrappress@gmail.com.

Here’s a glimpse of what you would be investing in:

and the ground
that is responsible
for this distance
is unable to remember trees
is held
under the clean pressure of snow

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What better way to wrap National Poetry Week… See you there!

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clouds in another’s blood

SpeedPoets this Saturday (May 5) is shaping up to be one hell of a gig, with a feature set from one of its founding members, Rowan Donovan and a premiere reading by Nathan Shepherdson of his latest work, clouds in another’s blood.

clouds in another’s blood is published in a limited edition of 50 hand bound, concertina fold, artist books by local publisher, light-trap press and is a collaboration between Nathan and print maker, Julie Barratt. Nathan’s work has won many, many awards and I for one am incredibly excited about getting my hands on a copy of this new collection. Here’s a few words and images from the book to give you all a first taste…

and the ground

that is responsible

for this distance

is unable to remember trees

is held

under the clean pressure of snow

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Guided by Poets – Queensland

Here is the second thread in the Guided by Poets series. This thread started in Queensland and gradually wound its way south. Each poem speaking to the next, contibuting to the ongoing poetic dialogue.

 

i called the number

handsomely written on my forearm

in true black nikko

and gave my credit card details

to her anonymous voice

 

and three days later

my left hand was returned

in the mail

 

 

nshepherdson

Nathan Shepherdson is the son of painter Gordon Shepherdson. He was the winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 he received the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Award for an unpublished manuscript. As a consequence of that award, his first book, Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror was published by the University of Queensland Press. At the 2006 Queensland Poetry Festival he was the recipient of the Val Vallis Award and in the same year was awarded the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His recent collection, what marian drew never told me about light was released in 2008 by Small Change Press.

 

 

 
Come on then my pretties
with heads or tails down at the bar
let’s drink to a strange kind of paradise
coz it’s double or free
and the bar always wins
Oh! I’m wearing my head of hard mud
and fallen in the river after insane nights
Oh! I’ll drown before the mud softens
for there’s never enough love with you
no there’s never enough love with you

 

 

gardner-angela-2008

Angela Gardner won the 2006 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and 2004 Bauhinia/Idiom 23 Prize. Her first book Parts of Speech was published by University of Queensland Press in 2007. She is founding editor of the poetry journal www.foame.org and a practicing visual artist with work in public collections. In 2008 she travelled to the USA and UK on a Churchill Fellowship to investigate small press poetry/printmaking collaborations. In 2009 she will take up a residency in Ireland supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 when i’m not drinking australian wine

                     ‘i like the way she
breaks her                  (her) lines’           the way the
music introducing no repeats for house                     (the tv
with cello sounds)     like     like how the mind can conjure
          i like the way curtis teases how curtis makes me roll     roll
how          blogpost armantrout
          her third     way i          i like the way she takes her time
(is it the bach?what number?what conductor?)     the glass     late like

 

 

louise-waller

Louise Waller is an Australian poet from Yeppoon in Queensland.  She devises work for theatre and writes poetry.  Her first collection Slipway is published in Swelter (IP2003) and (IP Digital 2004).  She has received national awards and grants for her poetry and work in theatre.  Recent poetry from her developing collection Aftershocks appears in Blue Dog:Australian Poetry and papertiger #04. Her latest collection is holding Job’s hand published by light-trap press in 2008. http://lou-waves.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

 

observational number i forget

fear of necking fear of basalt optimistic
about all white cliffs of dover ambivalent though
at rampant prolixity / achromatopsia / idiocy
magniloquent when fusing systems of
thought to suit this apparent
rectitude  

internationally registered mail from
turvey park p.o. after 4pm / wet clothes
& whatever xeransis / cheese is lunch /
this to type as if an act after
unintended celibacy   

a steady vein-cut dotting the patina 

         i’m stable while everyone
twitters about turning into angelina jolie

 

 

derek-motion1

Derek Motion is a poet, a writer of fictions, a PhD student at Charles Sturt University, and Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre. He also occasionaly writes reviews for *Famous Reporter*. http://www.typingspace.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Escape (third confession)

this is where we spat into the sea
this is how we clapped for snakes
what I meant when I said north for starters
he tried hiding beneath kelp with bait 

naming the winds we spoke of sealers
who fuck their eel skin bags
never of cannibals who starve until
they see the house they are most afraid of 

he swore he could steal us a firestick
but his balls shrank to a purse inside him
he pissed on his feet to warm them up
then his chalky feet grew cold  

and frogs that roared as loud as cattle
he asked me how to suck his teeth
I felt my head for monstrous signs
each glance a thieving octopus  

all the time swearing on the book of Job
all the time with one eye open
until he seemed to me a lake of milk
I chewed his ears like apricots

 

 

nathan_curnow

Nathan Curnow’s first collection of poetry is No Other Life But This (Five Islands Press).  Funded by the Australia Council he has written a new collection of ‘ghost poetry’ based upon his stays at ten ‘haunted’ sites around the country (forthcoming with Puncher&Wattmann in 2009).  With further assistance from the Australia Council he is currently writing a new play based around convict stories and escape myths.   www.ncurnow.blogspot.com

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