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About rose3240

Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet. Her first collection, Even in the Dark (UWAP 2013) won the Mary Gilmore award; her second, Unexpected Clearing (UWAP) was published in 2016. She is currently completing her third book At the Point of Seeing.

I’m delighted to see a review by Dominique Hecq of my most recent book, This Shuttered Eye, published first by Girls on Key and then by Liquid Amber 2021. Scroll down to p. 24 to read Dominique’s review in Text: https://textjournal.scholasticahq.com/article/35479-text-reviews-april-2022.

With a painter’s deft touch inseparable from an awareness that every brush stroke matters, Rose Lucas’s This Shuttered Eye is a masterclass in the use of telling detail. The eye in the title of the collection looks ‘into the texture of the seen’ (p. 13), seeking ‘deep shades’ and how these are in turn captured by the looker’s ‘shuttered’ gaze, creating a haze between the visible and the invisible. Here the eye is akin to a camera that reveals both studium and punctum in a picture [1]. But here the eye also unshutters the outer and inner worlds as these are filtered through experience and in the process of writing.

Review of Lockdown Poetry in Rochford Street Review

We’re really excited to see this terrific review of Liquid Amber’s 2021 anthology Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul out in Rochford Street Review today. Thanks to Mark Roberts of Rochford Street, Sharon Monagle for the striking cover image and to Belinda Calderone for her thoughtful reading of this collection of wonderful poems from the Liquid Amber poetry community. We are still writing into and out of the strange hiatus we found ourselves in!

March Poetry Zoom – this Thursday!

Poetry lovers – don’t forget the Liquid Amber March Poetry Zoom coming up this Thursday March 17, 7.30-9.30 AEDT.  Whoohoo! Be part of our growing community of those who love to write and read poetry and those who love to listen to it: We’ve got a great line-up of open mic-ers ready to go + our feature poet Mark O’Flynn is reading from his new book Undercoat: Poems about Paintings, to be launched by Peter Minter. See you there for a great night!

Register here for your free zoom link: https://liquidamberpress.com.au/events/

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Join our free March Poetry Zoom!

Register now for the Liquid Amber March Poetry Zoom and be part of our growing community of those who love to write and read poetry and those who love to listen to it: Thursday March 17, 7.30-9.30 AEDT.

We’ve got a great line-up of open mic-ers ready to go + our feature poet Mark O’Flynn is reading from his new book Undercoat: Poems about Paintings, to be launched by leading Australian poet, Peter Minter. See you there for a great night! Sign up here for your free zoom link: https://liquidamberpress.com.au/events/

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Liquid Amber Press Poetry Prize 2022 – ENCOUNTER

‘Alchemy,’ © Sharon Monagle 2018

The Liquid Amber 2022 Poetry Prize is now open!

What moments startle us out of our ways of understanding ourselves and the world? What might it mean to encounter the strange skin of the unexpected?

Step out. Take a risk. Write about it.

All poets are invited to join in by exploring the theme ‘The Poetry of Encounter’ – through a provocation of images and words.

Entry form, guidelines and provocation sheet here: https://liquidamberpress.com.au/2022/02/08/2022-poetry-prize-encounter/

Poetry Zoom March 17, Open Mic and Launch of Undercoat

Detail ‘Orquevaux Village’ with permission Sharon Monagle, 2018

Welcome to another great year of poetry with Liquid Amber Press! If you love writing, reading or listening to poetry across all its wonderful voices, join us for our next free Poetry Zoom : Thursday, 17 MARCH, 7.30-9.30pm AEDT.  Register (free) here to receive the link: https://liquidamberpress.com.au/events/ . Bring your friends! Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with our exciting 2022 poetry events and opportunities: https://liquidamberpress.com.au/

Our feature poet in March will be Mark O’Flynn, reading from his new book of poetry Undercoat: Poems about Paintings (Liquid Amber Press, 2022), to be launched by Peter Minter. And if you’re interested in sharing 3 mins of your own work, get on the Open Mic list quickly, by contacting: info@liquidamberpress.com.au

Poems in Australian Poetry Journal

I’m delighted that two of my poems from these recent plague years have recently appeared in issues of APJ: ‘Online’ in Vol. 9, which explores the often surprising closeness that can come about via zoom conversations; and ‘Year of Breath,’ in Vol 11.1

Online

There is a pocket in the ether

         that holds us

it darts      elusive     around the globe    pressing

into what can be seen

             emerging    into the quiet air of daily

breathing       sometimes our voices

or our faces        find it     and

sometimes what might happen between one

person and another

really happens  

         and sometimes

those smiles      spark

                                      and crackle

in the possibilities of what might

yet happen

there is a pocket in the ether that

     holds us

              it builds slowly in shadow while

you sleep    while I work

while I sleep and you work

through the landscapes of our dreaming

while magpies call into cool autumnal air

while spring unwraps

its bright green flags

Review of Hannah Kent’s Devotion in ABR

My review of Hannah Kent’s powerful new novel has just come out in the summer issue of Australian Book Review – check it out. Like Kent’s other two novels, it’s about women at the edge – the edge of their own understanding, the periphery of social acceptance, the edge of what we might understand as realism. This is a narrative about traumatic change, persistence and the possibilities – as well as the limitations – of what it might mean to operate from a position of devotion.

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/974-january-february-2022-no-439/8773-rose-lucas-reviews-devotion-by-hannah-kent

Happy summer reading.