Thursday, August 30, 2007

tender muse - 22 september

Grief is the connecting tissue...

...Elegies for friends, lovers and those who have become strangers

tender muse by Shé Hawke and Carolyn van Langenberg

will be launched by Anna Gibbs at
The Feminist Bookshop
Shop 9
Orange Grove Plaza
Balmain Road

22 September - 4.00 for 4.30pm

RSVP: The Feminist Bookshop
email Gail
Ph: 02 9810 2666
Fax: 02 9818 5745

Published by Picaro Press

WordinHand! - Tuesday September 4th

International Poetry Slam - Sunday 2nd Sept

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tuesday 21st August: Word Jammin'

this ain't no spelling B!
this ain't no competition!

this month we're keyed up for a Sydney poet who embellishes the conventions of poetry through video poems and performance. a poet who merges various forms of music in hip-hop and jazz to enhance her poetry. the mix is challenging and hypnotic. we'll be tapping our fingers to: LULL... to find out more tap on her name

also on the page is another poet who blends poetry and music MUSA
Musicians this month include: Ashley Chatto on guitar and piano, Marc Van Voornun on guitar, Ben Eadie on drums and Regatz on tenor saxophone
WJ #4 has been type-set
are you in line this time?
+ open mic
Bar Me 154 Brougham Street, (cnr of William Street), Kings Cross
drs open 7.30pm Tue, 21 August 2007
$10.00 - $20.00 pizza meal deal
for more info please contact angela stretch mobile: 0434 898 578, eme:
this event is promoted by word of mouth, lashings of jam, cream and sticky spoken speak.

Wednesday August 22 Live Poets Society Reading: 'Yesterday's Warning'

Wednesday August 22nd

Live Poets' Society presents YESTERDAY'S WARNING: Poets and musicians responding to Climate Change +Global Warming, featuring singer/guitarist Paul Buckberry - at Don Bank, 6 Napier St North Sydney.

Calling all poets and miusicians to have your say! We've heard plenty from scientists, environmentalits, sceptics, 'flat earth'ers, fossil-fuel floggers, businessmen, Hollywood and the Rock Archive Firmament, not to mention Tim Flannery and the odd politician. Now is the time for The Artist to make a contribution!

Doors open 7.30 pm and $7 admission includes supper and liquid refreshment.
Please bring a copy of your poem/song - the night will be recorded for possible cd/book release.
Any further details: Danny Gardner 9896 6956 or 0422 263 373 or

Sunday, August 19, 2007

embassies - matthew da silva

Another poem / image combo - this time from Matthew Da Silva - enjoy...


Of light are the stars of frogs
Where street vendors
Release their pigeons, and dust
Has its time in among the follicles.
We keep one side to the light and one
We keep neglected lest the ghosts realise
That beyond the dark tree
Lies just a convenience store.

(Image: Matthew Da Silva - click to see full-size)

last ferry - carol jenkins

Carol Jenkins has provided both poem and image for us today.

Last Ferry

Late, inside this windowed room, the moon gone,
the Lady Wakehurst contends with each reflected
beam of light – the glass widows of bulbs
thrown about the dark, and like a ballroom
swaying from drink and dance, each of her
lit windows, arrive, aligned and shipshape,
suspended, see-sawing above the table,
as she travels the triangle between
this room, Manly and the Quay

(Image: Carol Jenkins - click to enlarge)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

desire - michelle cahill

Michelle Cahill's debut anthology The Accidental Cage was published at the end of 2006. Many thanks to Michelle for this evocative item.


The leafless arms of coral trees
leave their blood orange claws raw
like spring sculptures in copper wire.
Black swans simmer on the marsh lake.
When I touch you it rains desire.
Cats walking the street at night.
Your scent petals yield like broken
wisteria scattering their promise.

This poem first appeared in ‘four W’

Photo source: Max East

Friday, August 3, 2007

Poetry Without Borders

Poetry Without Borders
National Poetry Week Event
Sunday 2 September

Be part of a poetry reading with Chris Wallace Crabbe, Ouyang Yu, Judith Beveridge and Boey Kim Cheng Poetry Without Borders reading celebrates our cultural diversity during National Poetry Week. The proposed date will be 2/9/07 at 1.30 for 2pm and the venue will Customs House Library. If you feel inspired by this theme send us your expressions of interest. We are looking for another 5 poets or so to complete the line-up. Submit 3-5 poems with a short bio to the Poets Union, PO Box 91 Balmain NSW 2041 or email to by August 10 Please include all contact details including your email address.

This event is sponsored by:

Poets Union
Mascara Poetry Zine
City of Sydney

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

walking a desert track - danny gardner

Danny Gardner from Live Poets Society has taken time out from fixing his Norton and provided us with this little gem:

Walking a Desert Track

You hear voices...from the birds...
the movement of the smallest plants,
the wind through different delicate
textures of leaves;
the exaggerated eye of sky...
You hear voices. Do you hear voices?
Or are you just making up your own anew -
walking though time before language.

(c) Danny Gardner

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