The Liquid Amber Poetry Prize is back, bigger and better than ever. First prize is $1000 and second prize $500. An Emerging Poet will win an editing pack with Liquid Amber. Poems on the long list will be published in our annual Anthology. Whoohoo!
This year’s theme is ‘Home’. What place or experiences evoke ‘home’ for you?
What are the textures, colours or relationships that you associate with home? What paths lead to home and how do we find them? What might it mean to find or reclaim home on stolen Country?
Check out our provocations and make a poetic response to the idea of home, in whatever ways your imagination takes you. We’re looking forward to reading your poems!
Join us on Saturday October 29, 2.30-4 at the Newport Community Centre – Anne Elvey to read from her new book Leaf (Liquid Amber) and Angela Costi to launch Increments of the Everyday. An afternoon of celebration of poetry and community! Register here: https://fb.me/e/1WMMknz3D
Liquid Amber Poetry Prize Long List announced! A terrific range of poets responded to the prompt of Encounter – what happens when one thing touches something or someone else? – and somehow the judges selected 55 poems for the long list and publication.
Like us on fb to hear the announcements of the Short List on September 1, winners on October 1. The Poetry of Encounter: Liquid Amber Prize Anthology will be launched at the December 1 Zoom Poetry so get in early with our great pre-publication deal. Thank you, wonderful poetry community!
Liquid Amber Press is delighted to publish the second edition of Dominique Hecq’s book of experimental poetry After Cage – a serial composition in word and movement on time and silence.
Join us on 7 July, 7.30pm AEST, for the zoom launch by Marion May Campbell where she will also be in conversation with Dominique about her radical poetics. Don’t miss this special poetry event – a feast of words and ideas both for practicing poets and for all of us listening, reading and thinking about poetry.
As ever, we have a tremendous line-up of open mics including our new ‘poet in the spotlight’ feature.
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 . But here the eye also unshutters the outer and inner worlds as these are filtered through experience and in the process of writing.
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!
Thanks to Yvonne Adami, the terrific team at the beautiful Geelong Library, fellow poets David McCooey, Jo Langdon and Cameron Lowe and emcee John Bartlett for a wonderful night of poetry celebration. Lovely to be in the space together!