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  • wide and dive deep metaphor eros and play in lyric poetry the wild music of poetry and places how one catches the lyric joins the jazz of places and why that still more than ever maybe matters pastorals and post pastorals and odes the ethics and aesthetics and politics of writing the betrayal of nature we have all been complicit in birds those latter day everyday divinities blue wrens in particular poetry as a conversation with and over time the way one s writing voice is a choir of all the voices one has read and loved and poetry as resistance as a conservation of language and a critique of power and shallow rooted certainties Kath a fine poet and novelist led me into some interesting places ecological biographical and aesthetic and the interview may for all I know throw more than a little light on this poet and his poetics I found myself thinking some new thoughts and rethinking some old ones It was good to be asked to talk a little about the birds that seem to fly my poetry no matter how hard I try to leave them in the trees and I was glad to put

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/bluewrens_post_pastorals_and_musical_justice_an_interview_in_new_welsh_revi/ (2016-05-02)
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  • take care of it our lives are in its hands Australia s Wild Weathe r is a portrait in photographs and words of the weather the blue machinery of where and who we are in Australia It tells the inner life of the weather the many weathers in which we lead our lives all over this continent Marrying photographs form the archives of the National Library with an evocative and contemplative essay by poet Mark Tredinnick the book is a lyric field guide to Australian cloudplay and rainfall wind and light storm and calm hail and snow cyclone and duststorm drought and flood and fire And what all that weather makes of us Despite its title and the miscellany of spectacular weather the book showcases Australia s Wild Weather unsettles the orthodoxy that this is a land of weather extremes Between downpours and conflagrations we get about the greater part of who we are We make history most of it quiet in mild weather But we tell ourselves in fires and floods we find ourselves in drought We are a stable people on a stable continent whose weather is not in fact uncommonly wild and perhaps we tell ourselves stories of military and meteorological disaster narrowly and bravely survived to reassure ourselves we re real But Australia identity is without question an adaptation to habitual drought Drought is in our nature It s in the way we speak and in the way we get about our lives undemonstrative dry imperturbable As if we had three years at best As if emotion were a scarce resource As if beauty were always suspect and unreliable The book also meditates on the weather of the self I go the way the weather goes Tredinnick writes though not always in sync eddies of energy

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/the_blue_machinery/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Newcastle Poetry Prize is announced at 6 pm in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery 30 September Prize Night this year includes the launch of an anthology of the poems that have won the NPP since it began thirty years ago I ll be reading from Eclogues which won the prize in 2007 and my Wombat Vedas are shortlisted for this year s prize So I have two poetical reasons to travel north that night But if I hadn t committed to Newcastle I d be in Perth it s prize night there too The WA Premier s Book Award s are announced and Fire Diary is shortlisted for the poetry prize So half my mind will be in the east on 30 September and half as ever in the west But I ll be fully present on the east coast on the Saturday and Sunday morning the first ever Australian Poetry Symposium takes place in Newcastle on the weekend of 1 2 October Check the details on the Australian Poetry website The full program has just been released Apart from my appearances on prize night on the Friday I ll be reading with some other poets whose work appears in

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/poetry_in_newcastle_and_the_west_30_september_to_2_october_2011/ (2016-05-02)
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  • and hope and the role of poetry in raising rates of literacy in Indigenous communities The session is sparked by the appearance of The Country Anytime Anywhere an anthology of new Indigenous writing from the Northern Territory IAD Press The writers on the panel are Ali Cobby Eckermann Rosemary Plummer Marie Munkara and Lionel Fogarty We need poetry precisely because it refuses the discourses of politics and commerce it speaks for the real worlds of the human heart and the human body and the habitats we make home We need all the voices and languages and poems and stories we can get diversity as Barry Lopez has written is not just a joy of nature it is the precondition for its and our survival Come along Philharmonia Choir Studio 2 30 Saturday 21 May 2 Late Night Poetry at Number One Tonight at 9 30 I read poetry with Johanna Featherstone and my friend Peter Boyle at Tony Bilson s Nuber One Bar on Circular Quay Poetry is like jazz Like jazz it works best late and in the dark Poetry like jazz is heartbreak shrugged off at daybreak the sad amplitude of dusk It is emotion enjambed and played

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/late_nights_in_the_desert_swf_appearances_2011/ (2016-05-02)
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  • is Alice Oswald s poem Sharpham House which closes the book Jorie Graham s in here so too Les Murray John Kinsella Ruth Padel Paul Kingsnorth Pippa Little Terry Jones Jane McKie and fifty or so others It s a beautiful book in all manner of ways and an act of love by Two Ravens It puts poetry in the service of the real world most of whose citizens have

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/entanglements/ (2016-05-02)
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  • come out in the online poetry journal Snorkel It s in Issue 11 and you can find it at http snorkel org au 011 tredinnick html A poet never stops writing a poem and now that that one s out I d like to change a few of its line breaks But we ll fix that down the track Snorkel s a distinguished Australian journal and my poem is in

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/you_know_how_this_goes/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Gallagher especially on Will s program When he asked me what music I d like him to play with the poem I had no trouble The poem mentions Debussy with Bach my favourite composer and there s something about the play of levity and gravity in his Sonata for Flute Viola and Harp that I recognise as the mood of my poetry that pastoral piece of mine especially So he

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/debussy_me/ (2016-05-02)
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  • I wonder if anybody knows what that entails a line of credit they can rely on I d have thought Year in year out So renew your subscription And put your rich and literate friends in touch with the editor Keep reading and writing poems and stories And speak up These are not times as I said in my recent post on Island when we can afford to hear less

    Original URL path: http://www.marktredinnick.com.au/index.php/writing/more/to_the_island/ (2016-05-02)
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