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12/12/2018

Melbourne poet and convenor of La Mama Poetica, Amanda Anastasi, pays tribute to the late Judith Rodriguez, poet, social justice campaigner and beloved teacher.
 

It is with much sadness, fondness and celebration that we recognise the passing of our poet and
friend, Jud...

12/12/2018

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On the Rod is a newly released erasure art book created by Melbourne artist and poet, ReVerse Butcher. The work converses with the erasure of queer and feminine identities throughout history by applying that same erasure to Jack Kerouac's hyper-masculine text, On The...

11/2/2018

*After the headlights, Jessica opened her eyes and lifted, through clouds, to the country of her ancestors. Judith Nangala Crispin

My internal lack of compass is pointing southwest where it always has for healing to Coyote Country, to where land listens like a fox to wh...

11/2/2018

Sometimes the genesis of an idea occurs before you realise it has been conceived. It’s the moment of confluence; a meeting place for the life force that has gone before and the beginning of the new. Like the two sandbars of Somers, the shipping channel of poetry began...

1/20/2017

Photo by Di Cousens at Open Studio, Melbourne. 

I will rise is Hani Abdile’s debut poetry and prose collection, published by Writing Through Fences. It chronicles Hani's harrowing journey from the horrors of war in Somalia to 18 months of detention to her eventual freed...

12/30/2016

photo credit: Arielle Cottingham by Brendan Bonsack

The interesting thing about having a poetry reading in Melbourne’s iconic La Mama theatre in Carlton, is you also get a different stage set each time. For the November event, this was the reflective square stage set fo...

12/15/2016

The iconic band room at the back of the Worker’s Club in Fitzroy is usually a noisy place, filled with the ghosts of audience members who have passed through over the years. It’s an eclectic venue, attracting bands from punk and hardcore, through to local alt. country...

10/10/2016

She’s a poet with a grape varietal as a namesake. In her debut poetry collection from Cordite Books, Autumn Royal uses this personal metaphor to full effect, even commenting on it baldly in her poem ‘viticulture’. Here she tells the pharmacist about her name meaning, w...

7/1/2016

It's an unassuming green-blue cover; its title a simple invitation: Pick me up. Doing so won't disappoint. Filled with quirky black and white line drawings by local artist, pigeon, it reads like a well-crafted and open-hearted journal. A glimpse into the thoughts of a...

6/23/2016

A review of Comfort Food, poetry by Ellen van Neerven.


There isn't a single culture that doesn't understand the unifying experience of food, in its many guises of form, tradition, production and sharing. Its consumption is understood as one of the many sensual pleasure...

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