My most recent book of poetry, This Shuttered Eye (Girls on Key 2021) has been launched! Courtesy of Melbourne’s #4 Lockdown we weren’t able to gather in the Open Studio as planned – but we still had an excellent evening on zoom. The book was superbly launched by poet and colleague Anne Elvey to a ‘full gallery’ of poets, friends and family – and some open mic readings added terrific energy and variety to the evening. Thanks to Girls on Key for the event and to the wonderful Michele Seminara who edited the book – a great experience of close reading exchange. Signed copies of the book are available here.
Visual artist Sharon Monagle and I were thrilled to open the exhibition of 2020 Shelter in Place last week and to launch the book of this collaborative project – a beautiful publication by Liquid Amber Press (available at the gallery or available here).
This was a project based in individual and collective/communal responses to the challenges of 2020 – we’d love to have your company to hear me read through the year’s seasons, surrounded by Sharon’s wonderful art work: Saturday May 1, 2-4 at the Kingston G3 Art Space in Parkdale.
A reminder that 2020 Shelter in Place kicks off next week at the G3 Gallery in Parkdale. A series of cross-media responses to the various intensities of last year, 2020 Shelter in Place is a collaborate exploration in poetry and paint. from me and visual artist Sharon Monagle. Please also note that you will need to register for your free ticket via the links below (to meet Covid-safe requirements).
We would love to see you at the Opening of the exhibition and Launch of the book of the project (Liquid Amber Press) next Thursday April 15, 6-8, and/or at the Poetry Reading and Artist Talk, Saturday May 1, 2-4.
We’re really looking forward to sharing our work with you!
As we all know, 2020 was certainly a rough ride in many ways. However, for me it was also a very productive time both in terms of my own poetry practice and my collaborations with visual artist Sharon Monagle – even if some of those collaborations were via technology!
2021 is now seeing the culmination of that work, with the recent publication of my latest book of poetry plus a forthcoming exhibition with Sharon.
I’m really proud of my new collection, This Shuttered Eye – all
about looking at the world of nature, of art and of human
interactions – and how we are shaped by those acts of
engagement, the shutterings of the imagination’s eye
Available here from Girls on Key Press.
I would also like to announce an exhibition of conversations in poetry and paint, 2020 Shelter in Place, and invite you to attend one or both of our events:
- the Opening of the Exhibition on Thursday April 15 (launched by poet Anne M. Carson) and
- the Interactive Poetry Reading and Artist Talk, Saturday March 1, 2-4, at the Kingston G3 Gallery Space in Parkdale.
The book of the exhibition (Liquid Amber Press) will be available at the Gallery – as will the book of the collaborative project Sharon and I did before the onset of Covid-19, Who do I think I am?
We hope to see you there!
My new collaborative exhibition, 2020 Shelter in Place with visual artist Sharon Monagle, opens at the Kingston G3 Gallery Space in Parkdale. Emerging from the realities of ‘friendship in isolation,’ these conversations in poetry and paint track us through that strange year.
- Opening and Launch by poet Anne M. Carson, 6-8pm Thursday April 15.
- Interactive Poetry Reading and Artist Talk, 2-4pm Saturday May 1
The exclusive book of the project/exhibition (Liquid Amber Press), including both poems and paintings, will be available at the Gallery.
We hope to see you there!
This Shuttered Eye – now available from Girls on Key here
I’m pleased to let you know that feminist/inclusive press Girls on Key Poetry are publishing my next book, This Shuttered Eye in 2021. Thanks Anna Forsyth and team! This is a book clustered around the experience of looking – of paying attention to the natural world as well as the world of visual art (hence the Turner image) – and what might happen when that external world, or canvas, or text… is mediated through our own point of view. The eye of perception and interpretation: shuttered, opening, closing, letting in and making sense of.
We may still be in lockdown, but it is Spring and that at least needs celebrating!
Conditions for Joy
A seed incipient lodging in the right soil an attention
patient to the act of watering the warmth of lengthening days and the quiet
dark of build and slip and incremental unfurling
In warmth of sunshine and sudden bursts of rain a blackbird
sings his territory to me from fig tree to lemon to bougainvillea his small body
vibrating with expostulation and cadence and the seriousness of his season
What it means to be busy
Their springtime nest tunnelled into a warm bank of earth the spotted pardalotes
are busy as a Buddhist monk doing chores and
basking in the first shimmer of morning light
Thanks to Anne Elvey and Plumwood Mountain for publishing my review of Martin Langford’s new collection of poetry and prose, Eardrum: poems and prose about music (Puncher and Wattman, 2019). A topic that’s very close to my heart!
Here’s a poem of mine which also works to find the shared language of music and poetry:
This is the nature of things this dense fabric
these threads of what thrums true
in my sternum call it melody
the simultaneity of harmony where threads of pitch or
timbre might intersect surfaces tumbling and
touching each other notes that lean close then
yearn apart suspended shimmering somehow
held together here is
marshalled for a short time in the generosity
of what is beautiful
cradled in the phrasing of an idea
this pattern a language that strikes
or glides or quivers reverberating
through bodies or wood or silver the hollowed bellows
of its making scribed on air
this is the way the world turns the recurring question
of depth its opaque archaeologies finding
the updraft the prospect of
of the falling away
My dear friend Phillip Hall has, with Jillian Hall, just published the first issue of the e-journal burrow.
I’ve been fortunate enough for them to publish a pandemic poem of mine ‘Unleavened: Easter 2020.’ What do we hang on to in such a time of loss and dislocation? And yet there is a persistence, a desire to continue; Easter is one way of telling that story.
This pair of poems – two faces of response to the pandemic we are living through – has just been published in Mensicus literary journal. https://www.meniscus.org.au/Vol8Iss1.pdf. Thanks to Jen Webb and Shane Strange.
clutches like a virus
at surfaces the warm vulnerability
of membranes it hangs
heavy in air
droplets of contagion impossible
to see chasing at shadows
filling my time frantic
with the wrong things
or maybe the wrong things I can’t
tell presentiments of doom
weigh on me a vice that grips
like a headache
something is proliferating
a wild cacophony pounding
at the fragile borders of this body
seeking its own path
trying to get in
is a tall tree
a searching filigree of roots a steadiness that
reaches risky into changeable air while
leaves like open palms signal
to a restless world
I see you
and it’s possible to
rest here a short time
in the deep pulse and dance of shadow
grass sweet with summer rain
under the arch of my arms
this flickering cathedral of green