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  • writer s grammar It s a book about the inner life of sentences syntax punctuation the history and histrionics of the tongue classic gaffes and how to avoid them by a writer for writers This is not a linguist s dissertation nor is it a slender primer I tried to write it like a decent and sometimes even mildly funny conversation Yes about grammar There are several schools of grammar traditional modern and contemporary linguistic and I belong to none of them I simply try to make as much sense as I can about the deep structures and surface details of English language sentences especially as we write them I had more fun writing it than I thought a writer could have with such a book Grammar is mathematics with words there s a kind of music in it It s the rules for the paradise of written expression I still have to shepherd it through its edit trimming and sharpening it as it goes All you have to do is wait and look out for it in September Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes

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  • be tea plantations there will be sunsets there will be elephants But this is not the half of it Download the brochure to find out everything And book soon We want to keep the numbers low and we re filling up fast The retreat is open to writers in every genre beginners and oldhands Here s a chance to experience this rich and venerable land and let it inspire your

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  • will be as follows 12 July 26 July 9 August 30 August 13 September 27 September As ever writers at every level and in all creative genres are welcome The classes work best for writers looking to make progress with an existing manuscript or ready to take the leap into a sustained writing practice The price including morning tea lunch and afternoon tea and the food alone is worth coming

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  • fourth issue of the very stylish e zine Mascara http www mascarapoetry com My poem Hell appeared in the anthology Poetry Without Borders a chapbook published by Picaro Press in May 2008 My poem Annandale Nocturne appeared in Snorkel 7 snorkel org au 007 Kunapipi vol xxix no 2 included four poems Angles of Repose I am My Beloved and my Beloved is Mine The Right Life and This Morning and some passages from The Blue Plateau worked into a lyric essay I called Days in the Plateau My Newcastle Prize poem Eclogues comes out any moment in volume 20 number 1 of the US literary journal Manoa an issue titled The Gates of Reconciliation Literature and the Ethical Imagination manoajournal hawaii edu My essay A Faster Kind of Sandstone abstracted from The Blue Plateau appears in Isotope A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing isotope usu edu in June I m especially delighted with this essay Isotope is a fine US journal and my work appears with some lovely paintings made by my friend the Blue Mountains artist Philippa Johnson I pieced together a second essay from The Blue Plateau for the journal World Literature Today published by the University of Oklahoma http www ou edu worldlit This essay is made of weather pieces in particular the fire pieces from my memoir I called the essay Nursery of Fire It comes out in the special green issue of WLT in July 82 4 It appears with some paintings by another great Blue Mountains artist Roland Hemmert An essay I wrote from a paper I gave to the In the First Person conference at the National Library of Australia in May Landscape Memoir A Portrait of the Writer as Half a Dozen Places will appear in Meanjin http www

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  • in the English Department The fellowship will give me a chance to finish the final edit of The Blue Plateau to Read More Manoa Meanjin and The Economics of Spring Published Sunday September 14 2008 My eclogue The Economics of Spring appeared in the first issue of the revivified and very desirable Meanjin in August 68 3 Eclogues the winner of last year s Newcastle Poetry Prize and previously published in Eclogues the anthology of winning and Read More Spring and the Greening of Grammar Published Sunday September 14 2008 September has come spring has arrived on the Wingecarribee and this week The Little Green Grammar Book UNSW Press appears in bookshops across Australia Spring is sprung and the grammar is ris The Little Green Grammar Book is Read More The Next Cowshed Class Published Sunday September 14 2008 My poem another eclogue The Economics of Spring appeared in the first issue of the revivified and very desirable Meanjin in August 68 3 Eclogues the winner of last year s Newcastle Poetry Prize and previously published in Eclogues the anthology of Read More Page 13 of 19 pages First 11 12 13 14 15 Last Recent News Why Write A

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  • politics seems to be conducted To make their point the organisers will award 50 000 to the winning poem decided by an arduous judging process and settled in the end by great English poet Andrew Motion I had five poems longlisted You Over There Me Here A Whodunit in Three Sestets Sandhill Cranes The Bay Walking Under Water and The Kingfisher The shortlist of fifty has just been announced and

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  • concern we might examine in ourselves why the confessional poet s self examination so challenges us we might examine in ourselves the reasons we think detachment from self is impossible and why some speaking with loving disinterest of the country of one s inner life is distasteful What have we given up on And why Try again Fail again fail better Here s some of a new poem by the Canadian poet Jan Zwicky that beautifully articulates the enterprise of sitting with your self from which I think good poems begin the poem captures the spirit of the engagement with one s self that the confessional poet is essaying Try it some time I quote from the first fugue of The Art of Fugue in Forge Gaspereau 2011 A room a table four chairs West light east light And a scent like cedar in the air Here the self will sit down with the self Now it will say what it has to say It looks into its own eyes Listens You sense the discipline the spareness the objectivity the love involved Now I know that what reads as self absorption to one person sounds like self possession to another one person s self romanticisation is another person s idea of some honest inner work an instance of that sitting with one s self and listening the inner work the soul making that is most of the work of art especially of poetry I d like to challenge those who have no patience with self reference in a poem to look more critically at their own fixed position their attachment to self denial and to imagine that there may be something else going on in a confessional poem than they have so far imagined Something they might try While it is easy to make a virtue of a poem that excludes self reference the exclusion of self is always something of a ruse since the poet is always present doing the looking the yearning the laying down of the lines It too carries with it the risk of self romanticisation look how modest I am the poem whispers look how I leave myself out This is not always the case any more than self absorption and heroism are always the case with a first person poem and certainly as elsewhere I don t have Judy Beveridge s poetry in mind now Her poetics as I have written model the very kind of selflessness and mindful attention to the world that all of us might aspire to There is a case to be made though and I m making it for the modesty and honesty and transparency of the lyric confessional stance a modesty and honesty not guaranteed by any means but a transcendence of narrow self that perhaps a more detached and indirect poem may never achieve But I could easily be having myself on A man so easily distracted by himself Sometimes like all poets I err In judgment

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  • Diary and The Lyrebird The show airs at 3 pm it repeats on Thursday 8 09 at 3pm Listen in Here s the link http www abc net au rn poetica stories 2011 3286639 htm Here s the poem in case you want to follow the reading and Read More At home on a Sunday with William Blake Published Friday August 12 2011 Label My poem At Home on a Sunday Trying to Find Nothing to Do has just shortlisted for this year s Blake Poetry Prize It s a joy to be listed again for this prize which I won in 2008 and was highly commended for last year Blake s space heaven is where you are etc seems to be my poetry s native habitat It s a very strong shortlist this year worthy of Blake and a prize named for him Spirituality is wide awake in Australian poetry even if it s asleep at the wheel just about everywhere else in particular in Read More Reading at Readings Carlton Monday 8 August 2011 Published Tuesday August 02 2011 Label This coming Monday 8 August 2011 I m reading poems onstage at Readings Carlton I share the stage with Dan Disney and Kent McCarter two Melbourne poets The event is this month s offering from Pages Poetry Readings live poetry initiative Dan and Kent and I are the guest poets this month I m thrilled to be there Readings of course is one of the great indie bookstores in the country Readings is at 309 Lygon Street Carlton the event starts at 6 30 for 7 00 Check it out and book here https www facebook com event php eid 260760583940856 Read More The Wombat Vedas in Newcastle Published Friday July 29 2011 Label A cycle of poems

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