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On the road with Peter Bakowski

Eternal traveller, Peter Bakowski, is hitting the road from September through to December on an east coast reading and speaking tour, appearing in venues as diverse as pubs, bookstores and people’s homes. And luckily for us Brisbane-ites, he is making an appearance at SpeedPoets on Sunday October 7 and at Avid Reader on Monday October 8.

For those of you have not come across Peter’s work, here is a recent poem as way of introduction:

In my twenty-ninth year of writing poetry

Pondering, pursuing and penning the poem continues to
Engage and
Test me.
Enlivening a poem
Requires concentration, tinkering and to sometimes let go of the steering wheel.

Bravery and a certain ruthlessness are necessary.
Approach each word, each line, each image you’ve crafted with
Kindness but be prepared to kill them off. They must add to the poem
Otherwise they’re just strap-hanging passengers getting in the conductor’s way.
When you’ve finished the first draft of your poem,
Sleep on it. Then re-read the poem. Has your poem got an engine, does it
Keep the reader reading?
If your poem doesn’t contain truth and music, try again in a new poem.


Melbourne-born poet, Peter Bakowski writes clear, accessible poems, uses ordinary words to say extraordinary things. His poems have appeared in literary magazines worldwide and have been translated into nine languages. Peter has been writer-in-residence in Italy, France, China, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

He has self-organized and self-financed numerous poetry tours of Australia, some tours lasting three months, some tours covering 10,000 kilometres. Peter also gives poetry readings in private houses to groups of eight or more, anywhere in Australia or overseas.

His philosophy is to be alert to the world and to continue. Visit Peter’s blog.


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