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  • own showcases poets playwrights philosophers comedians novelists journalists and Amanda Hayward e publisher of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey Guests include Kirsten Tranter Katherine Thomson Frank Moorhouse Richard Glover Sue Woolfe Skye Rogers Kate Forsyth and Serge Dansereau who s cooking us all dinner I m up first thing Saturday morning talking about how the new carbon tax will affect the consumption of poetry that precious resource

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  • never sit down to write a poem to win a prize Poems come to you when they re ready You ve got to be ready too To find the form the poem seems to want and to scratch together words and phrases shapely and smart enough to speak it in If it comes to you it wants your voice though no one else s Most of a poem catches you in the act if you re lucky of trying to do something useful with a few lines or a thought or an image that wouldn t give you any rest The poem of mine that won the Blake Have You Seen is in part about that being found and found out by the world including now and then a poem The trick of writing a prize winning poem then is not to try to write one but to hope one finds you one day a kind of reward for reading a lot of better poems than you will ever write and of learning as much as you can from other poets and from nature about how good poems those architectures of voice go Never try to write a prize winning poem then But never stop trying to make yourself ready to know a good poem when one finds you And if you like a poem well enough and you go on liking it it may be a good one And if a competition comes around you may as well enter it Especially if it seems to be on message and to length That said you ll write some quiet sly short sad contented or ironical poems and they may be great poems but they re not going to win any prizes even if they break some hearts and change some minds Competitions reward big work poems that swagger and rage and mourn and plunge and stagger So if you have a choice choose your bolder more technically accomplished and impressive poems Q How much time do you spend on writing a day What s your routine A I always seem to be worrying a poem or thinking through a par in my head whatever else teaching copywriting cleaning eve God help me making love I m doing I sit and write at my laptop wherever I am if I have a deadline or if I m in the middle of something or the mood is on me I do too many other things to make a living to have anything that deserved the name of a writing routine Except that I m always at it even when I shouldn t be And everything I write is a chance to get better at writing And I write better in the mornings and on my own I like best to write at the desk my friend Henryk made for me in my cowshed in the highlands and that s where I wrote the poem that won the Blake but I can write

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  • Plateau has just been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier s Literary Award nonfiction with four other books including Krissy Kneen s startling and lyrical memoir of addiction Affection and Brenda Walker s elegant memoir of reading and recovery Reading by Moonlight They announce the prize in Brisbane on 31 August I m deligthed to see that Peter Boyle is shortlisted in poetry for his stunning Apocrypha And in fiction Stephen

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  • published and new poems a nd offering them at a very low price I feel honoured to be asked to contribute a volume to the series which includes volumes by our finest poets I hope to include a few poems from Fire Diary along with some poems published in journals but not in my first collection and some brand new work I m working on the selection even as we

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  • middle a notch at one end This is how one feels half a self bereft We are here perhaps to look for the rest of who we are and that could be anything a lake a range a woman a pink robin one s children one day in particular Perhaps one is everywhere one looks Read More Quartet For The End Of Time Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Poems I Too much summer too close to home Warm days in mid September Each year summer comes early and each year we forget and say what happened to the spring as though we ever had spring on the sandstone coast of this dry eyed island inching its way north to the equator And then whatever we re call ing the season goes and it comes again in October and then it s gone till sometime in late December Read More Rules for Walking Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems I Theory I have a general theory keep going I have a rider watch for transitions And another beware false summits II Practice Prepare for the walk by taking the walk Go a little faster than you should and a little slower than you d like Notice the pink mountain berry brilliant as a hooker s lipstick the pink robin on the fallen log above the amber stream the waratah her crimson fingers curled beseeching or Read More Lake St Clair Cycle Published Tuesday August 28 2007 Label Poems Casting Walking the other sunny afternoon along the Frankland Sands I heard a fish jump in shallows The sound drew me and then it drew the fish small and sleek and insouciant translucent as the water which was so shallow and so tannin clear I could make out easing along the

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  • at Poetry Parnassus in London http www poetrylondon co uk Late Mozart a poem I wrote for Canadian poet Jan Zwicky appears in Magma 53 an issue on a musical theme http magmapoetry com And I have a long poem in Wales leading literary journal New Welsh Review issue 97 out in mid July http www newwelshreview com In November three poems Owls Reading the Gita Again in Early Spring

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  • about poetry and the life that leads to it and the life that it leads to and I answered them on a train in Canada in late April and now she s posted the Q A on her blog A

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  • I think Orpheus would know what I mean Orpheus most of whose brilliant career was spent in the wake of a love he could not turn his back on in the underworld Dante might be with me too the poet searching hopelessly for the Beloved down through all the circles of hell singing up the afterlife the inner life really in terza ryma in the baleful dark chanting the Divine Comedy real through all three books of the storied Otherworld On 13 May poetry came to the Australian underworld The Antipodean antipodes With David Brooks whose brilliant idea it was Brenda Saunders David Malouf and Judy Beveridge I read poems in the Cathedral Caves at Jenolan west of the Blue Mountains The event hosted by Varuna The Writers House was part of this year s Sydney Writers Festival As I read News of the World which I chose because some little forest bats fly in it several of the tiny bats that live in the cave system flew in and circled my head The first bat appeared when Judy who read before me read her lovely bat poem The second buzzed me as I walked out into the floodlights to read There were television cameras in the cave along with seventy odd listeners and in all likelihood it was the TV lighting that drew the bats But it has to be said they came on cue In any case you can catch them and hear us at our post Orphic work reading poems in the floodlit dark on BIg Ideas on ABC 1 Wednesday 6 June 2012 But as soon as tomorrow Tuesday 29 June you can watch some outtakes of me and who knows the bats on Shortcuts same Bat time same Bat channel And you can look at

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