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Presence

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.

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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!

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Melbourne Round Up

The weekend in Melbourne was huge!

Musically, I discovered a Bob Dylan CD that I had not heard of called Folksinger’s Choice, which captures a 20 year old Bob live in the studio with Cynthia Gooding on March 11, 1962, prior to the release of his debut album. The performances are crackling, with Bob sounding like a blues singer, three (or more) times his age. His covers of blues standards, Fixin’ to Die (Bukka White) and Smokestack Lightning (Howling Wolf) have a wildness to them; the sound of a young genius, bursting his lungs. It is also the first ever known performance of his early classic, The Death of Emmett Till, which blows Cynthia away… and it’s the banter between songs that really makes this all the more special, Dylan already creating his own myth, spinning a yarn about 6-years spent with the circus and sounding completely believable. The other Dylan originals on this CD are Standing on the Highway (which riffs off the Robert Johnson classic, Crossroad Blues) and Hard Times in New York Town. I think this one is going to be on very high rotation in the coming weeks…

And to add to our Beat Collection, I picked up a copy of Poets on the Peak – Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in The Cascades, which charts each mans time as a Fire Lookout and a lesser known gem, The Lowell Connector – lines & shots from Kerouac’s hometown, featuring poems by Clark Coolidge, Michael Gizzi & John Yau and photographs by Bill Barrette. I’m already dipping into Poets on the Peaks and loving it…

And to top all this off, the reading as part of the The Castlemaine Poetry Series, was up there with the very best interstate readings I have ever participated in. In fact, the day felt like a session at a Poetry Festival, featuring some of Australia’s finest voices including Jane Williams, Robyn Rowlands, Matt Hetherington, Maurice McNamara, Anna Fern, Ray Liversidge, Ross Gillette, Nathan Curnow, Gillian Pattinson, my lovely wife, Julie Beveridge and MC extraordinnaire, Ross Donlon. With all of these poets performing alongside esteemed translator, Richard Perry, who gave a stunning reading from the work of Ryokan & Ikkyu and another launch of Famous Reporter  (including readings from, BN Oakman, Lucy Williams & Lorraine McGuigan), needless to say, I was in seriously good company. I closed the day with a reading and believe me, you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face at the end of it. A large, warm, attentive crowd… it was blissful! Julie took some video footage of my reading so keep watching the site, as I plan to post that sometime this week.

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Castlemaine, here I come

I am jetting off to Melbourne tomorrow, so if you are anywhere near Castlemaine, I would love to see you at their monthly gig, as I am stoked to be featuring there this coming Sunday. All the details below:

Castlemaine Poetry Reading
Sunday,  February 27th
The Guildford Hotel
3pm – 5pm.

All Welcome. 

Into its sixth year, The Castlemaine Poetry Readings restarts on February 27th with a Triple Treat; a dynamic Queensland poet, a sage translator / presenter of Asian poetry, and the 2011 launch of one of Australia’s major poetry journals.

This Lost Shark will be joined by Richard Perry and the launch of Famous Reporter,  edited by Ralph Wessman, who will also be at the Guildford on the day.

Richard Perry will read his translation of Chinese and Japanese poems. A great presenter, Richard is Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts at York University,  Toronto, Canada, the institution at which he taught Asian art history  and humanities for over thirty years.  His academic degrees are from  Harvard University and the University of Michigan.  While residing in  Canada, he also served as chief music critic for a number of daily metropolitan newspapers, and as book and recordings editor for several journals.  Since moving to Australia, he has taught popular courses in Zen Buddhist painting and poetry at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne, and has given a number of public readings of Chinese and Japanese poetry.  He claims to have written one or two commendable haiku himself. A rare chance to hear poetry from China and Japan in the hands of an oustanding academic and performer.

From Tasmania, Ralph Wessman brings Famous Reporter, one of Australia’s leading poetry journals, to launch the 2011 issue. Central Victorian poets, Lorraine McGuighan, B N Oakman and Ross Donlon will read poems.

Stellar poets, Jane Williams (Tas) and Julie Beveridge (Qld) will also be at the reading.

The Wow Factor is off the scale for this one. A great start to 2011… the best reading this side of Rocky Hall. Still at the Guildford Hotel, 15 haiku from Castlemaine – 15 minutes for humankind. Early attendance recommended for the best seats.

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Countdown to SpeedPoets 10th Birthday Bash

This week is a big one… 

Tonight’s gig at Riverbend Books is almost sold out (a few tickets left so get there early!!!), tomorrow nights gig at Confit Bistro is being filmed for Channel 7’s The Great Southeast and then on Friday night I fly down to Melbourne to feature at The Castlemaine Poetry Reading (at The Guildford Hotel), hosted by Ross Donlon on Sunday, Feb 27.

Big times indeed…

And to add to that excitement, I am counting down the days until SpeedPoets celebrates its 10th birthday on Sunday March 6 at InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St. West End). SpeedPoets has kicked off the year by revamping their website and the first person to step on to the virtual stage is one of the 10th birthday features, our lovely lady from 4ZzZ’s Waxing Lyrical, Fern Thompsett. Head on over and check out our interview and read her poem Sunset on the Back Steps.

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