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  • thank you Kit with a sulphur crested sonnet in the Wonder Book http wonderbookofpoetry org mark tredinnicks sulphur crested cockatoo at dusk Kit Kelen is publishing my sonnet Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at Dusk in his online Wonder Book of Poetry Get onto the Wonder Book it s a treat Not just a online journal more like a communal scrapbook of ideas inspirations lineations and spells And may 2013 defy the

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  • terrible cold most of the time as I recall and I hope no one caught it and I hope I have been forgiven if they did It s now ten years since Takiora and the others got the Pacific Writers Connection up and Brian Doyle has edited for them an anthology of work by overseas and local writers who have taken part in PWC events over the years The anthology is called Ho oloule a I have two small poems in it Catullus At Dusk Lustful and Heartbroken Tries his Hand at Haiku a haiku with a haiku for a title a poem I wouldn t have know how to write when I was in Hawaii and The Holiness of the Heart s Affections a poem I wrote pretty soon after I came back from the islands a soft and I have always thought sentimental poem for my then very young son Daniel It goes like this except every other line is indented a thing my web design is unable to effect If there s something more like mercy than grassheads bending in a prayerful easterly fervent with early summer I can t think what it might be sitting here

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  • them who doesn t want or think they ought to want to write their life story or someone s life story a novel a poem or two a film script The desire to write is close to universal And so I said on radio on the morning of the day in Newcastle when Read More A Peaceable Revolution Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label A peaceable revolution the republic we have to have First published in Project Republic ed Benjamin Jones and Mark McKenna 2013 Mark Tredinnick 1 We seem to me a people more than ready to leave home To take full imaginative possession of our selves Time to draw the world s longest national dress rehearsal to a close Time you d have thought to let our adolescence slide To get on with it You have to leave home to find home And a republic is the step so long deferred we have to Read More Cool Web Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label THE COOL WEB Empathy and emptiness prosody and place in the poetry of Judith Beveridge A critical meditation on Storm and Honey MARK TREDINNICK There s a cool web of language winds us in Retreat from too much joy or too much fear We grow sea green at last and coldly die In brininess and volubility Robert Graves The Cool Web Delancey had told me that the creek wasn t the place to get answers but that it would give me Read More The Lyric Stance Voice Place and the Lyric Essay Published Sunday May 18 2014 Label The lyric stance The lyric essay and how it may bring us home to who and where we are First published in Island 126 2011 Mark Tredinnick Teaching the stones to talk In an author note

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  • of what I say in these essays will show up in the reading book when at last I finish it with luck early next year I ve posted a separate note about essays I wrote as forewords for two new anthologies of creative writing Here I Read More Speaking Out in the Hinterland Published Friday October 26 2012 Label I m sitting at a desk in the back room of Annette Hughes s farm house outside Cooroy in south east Queensland On the hill above the garden where the chickens scratch and the whistler rehearses jacarandas are in bloom but they re struggling to make their usual purple point so boisterously blue is the light I m here to talk tonight in Maleny a little further south with Cate Kennedy and Steven Lang That event is part of a series of such literary conversations Steven an award winning novelist and lapsed bookseller has run as Outspoken in Maleny for several years now Read More The Blue Plateau Reprints Published Thursday September 27 2012 Label First published in 2009 my landscape memoir The Blue Plateau has just gone into its first reprint The Blue Plateau is a fairly literary kind of book and it doesn t fit easily into industry categories it s creative nonfiction it s lyric prose it s nature writing So I m glad for UQP its publishers that the book has sold through its first print run and that I ve earned out my advance and I m grateful to the press to Alex Payne in particular for the faith they showed in the book from the start and the marketing and sales support they continue Read More The Afterlife of the Azure Kingfisher Published Wednesday September 26 2012 Label I was for my sins a guest

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  • valley from the valley All day the Jacky Winters flew at your windows like Jehovah s Witnesses at your door All day the weather arrived in sinking boats from somewhere else entirely All day the sun hayed the blanched paddocks and cloud shadows like shoals of anxious aubergine krill worked the shallows and worked them again A long and slender poem for me Beyond even the importance of the collection for the field of poetry translation I think that Kit has put together a quite remarkable and inclusive anthology of contemporary antipodean verse I m guessing you can find the book at ASM or online 2 Avondale Anthology Back in 2010 Judy Beveridge edited a collection of Australian poetry around the work of her poetry students at Avondale College on the NSW Central Coast Two of my poems Red Moon Eclogues and The Thirteen Winds appeared in that book Wording the World Judy has put together a second collection this year It includes some nice poems form many fine established and beginning poets My poem in the collection is Let Morning Come which shortlisted for the Blake Prize in 2011 Here s a little of Let Morning Come But now above me in the Osage Orange a single sulphur crested cockatoo white as a lie prim as a spinster pins down one ripe green fruit like prey She sips the acrid latex as if it were sweet tea and swallows half the flesh she flenses from the body The other half she showers down so many post it notes peeled from so much perfect body copy Soon I ll be walking those second thoughts inside on the soles of my unknowing boots 3 The Sacred Kingfisher in Louisiana John Kinsella is editing a new anthology of contemporary Australian poetry it

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  • that carries the world s literatures to the world from Norman Oklahoma My essay abstracted from Australia s Wild Weather NLA 2011 had its first outing in May in spoken word on Ockham s Razor on Radio National WLT is publishing the essay with some pictures from the book alongside it they re publishing my new poem Pavane Here s how that ends From the pear trees That stand at

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  • poetry being published about now by Desperation Press out of the University of Louisiana That anthology appears soon I ll post a note when it does A quiet poem for a brilliant bird who teaches us both fire and silence 2 Three poems in The Lampeter Review The Lampeter Review a very stylish online poetry journal published out of the Lampeter Creative Writing Centre at the University of Wales Lampeter has just published three of my poems After a Long Drought Forest Walk Your Voice Check out the poems and the journal here http lampeter review com issue 6 I m very grateful to the editors especially Ros Hudis for discovering my work and inviting me to submit 3 Seven poems in Contrappasso And I have seven poems in the second issue of Contrappasso Magazine Matthew Asprey and Theodore Ell s Sydney based literary journal Number 2 is a big a big fat issue and it features an interview with Elmore Leonard as well as poetry by old timers Mark O Connor and Antigone Keffala and by sophisticated newish comers like Erin Martine Sessions and Chris Oakey There are some really impressive new works in here My seven poems are

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  • is like love in what it costs and what it yields in its practice and its texture If you re moved to return the gift that other people s fiction represents for you Franzen goes on alluding to another reason many people write joining the conversation other books start us on you eventually can t ignore what s fraudulent or secondhand in your pages To write as to love is not to consume the world from a safe distance or to package yourself and sell it to the world It is not to like the world or to ask it to like you back To write is to become who you really are by stages it is to let the world be what the world is To write is an act of love and like love it hurts and like love it heals It s not about you but it does remake you and in every word you speak the poem you make the story you tell the landscape you lovingly draw you speak who you are or who you are becoming So writing can redeem a writer from the superficiality toward which everything else pulls us But what can original writing do for a reader and the rest of us What is literature for Two things I say in the essay 1 Literature saves language from ourselves it steals language back from the market and returns it in its fullness and multiplicity and music to us 2 Literature returns us to our real lives the lives inside our heads and hearts and out there in the world of weather and forms the life we are too busy surviving to notice 2 Writing is Only Reading Turned Inside Out John Updike I had another crack at all this the value of reading the work of literature in our hearts and in the world in a foreword I wrote to this year s Award Winning Australian Writing AWAW 2012 is just out November 2012 and it is a wonderful collection of poetry and prose Here s a nice review of it http au artshub com au news article s award winning australian writing 2012 192790 And here s a little of what I wrote in my introductory essay Praise Life Prize Life Not speaking now of myself for I am eccentrically rather than well read a well read life is larger lived as it is in a habitat of so many thousand other voices and lives and stories It is slower and deeper because reading takes time and trouble and engages nearly every part of one s mind waking and training aspects of our awareness we may not have know we had and which we can then use not just on books but on ourselves and the world Reading lets you read your life not merely lead it It teaches you to find the thread to fathom the significance and remember the complexity to discover the otherness to intuit the music

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