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The Things the Mind Sees Happen commended in Anne Elder Award 2019

A rather amazing thing has happened and it is that The Things the Mind Sees Happen has been commended in the Anne Elder Award for a first book of poetry published in 2019.

Many congrats to the winners, and particularly to my Slow Loris series-mate Alice Allan, also commended with her first full length book from Rabbit Poetry.

New publications

New poems out! Some new adventures in ekphrasis:

These poems carry a content note for domestic violence. I deeply appreciate the response they have had on social media:

  • Birds‘, Australian Book Review 419 (March 2020)
  • Dad‘, Meanjin 78:4 (Summer 2019) [paywalled]

Plus: the wonderful Verity La has released another ebook of favourite pieces of the last 10 years, in which I’m honoured my ‘Damboon’, a long short story about lesbians on a roadtrip in country Vic, appears – for sale here:

The Things the Mind Sees Happen – Poetry Chapbook

The Things the Mind Sees Happen – Poetry Chapbook

Very excited to announce my poetry chapbook The Things the Mind Sees Happen will be launched in Newcastle and Melbourne, and will be available for purchase from Puncher and Wattmann on or after 2 November 2019.

In honour of the occasion, my website has had a refresh, and released its previous extremely witty (or so I thought about 15 years ago) URL in favour of my name, as I understand is customary among the youth of today.

New poem, ‘Consolation and its discontents’, Meanjin, Winter 2019

I’ve been holding off posting this in case it came out of the paywall – but it looks like it’s not going to (ETA Oct 2019 – it’s out of paywall!).

Delighted to have a poem in winter Meanjin:

Poetry reading on ABC Radio National, Off Track presents Queer Out Here

EXTREMELY EXCITINGLY, ABC Radio National, a.k.a. The Grownup Radio, has produced a special edition of Queer Out Here which includes my reading from Queer Out Here episode 1, Feb 2018, of two poems about place and family estrangement.

The Queer Out Here special edition aired 5am (!) this morning 16/3/2019, and will repeat Sun 17/3 1pm, Thurs 21/3 11.30am. Or the podcast is also up for download.

Text of the poems, which are previously published:

More about Queer Out Here Episode 1:

Image: (Emma Charleston / Jonathan Working)

Appearance in Meanjin Podcast Ep #6 – Summer Reading

Appearance in Meanjin Podcast Ep #6 – Summer Reading

I was one of the dorks giving their summer reading recommendations about the 20min mark in the Meanjin  Podcast Episode #6, in which Jonathan Green, Justine Hyde and Robert Lukins are being very charming on the subject of book recommendations:

The book I recommended was Ceridwen Dovey’s In the Garden of the Fugitives.

Memoir/personal essay: “All times are the same time: A response to Shannon Burns on childhood sexual assault”, Meanjin, Spring 2018

Memoir/personal essay: “All times are the same time: A response to Shannon Burns on childhood sexual assault”, Meanjin, Spring 2018

In an event reminiscent of the time I once confidently asserted I was not attracted to Tom Hiddleston, in March 2017 I wrote a blog post about how I had decided never to write explicitly about my experience of childhood sexual assault.

That was clearly an extinction burst.

My objections were to do with being uncomfortable with misery memoir i.e. the aesthetisisation or commodification of women’s suffering – I needed to have a point other than ‘look at my pain’. I found it here by responding to another piece by Shannon Burns. While it’s Burns’ right to define his own experience, I found a lot of his conclusions deeply misguided.

I’m grateful to Meanjin for their graciousness in giving me an equal platform to comment critically on something they’d published. My piece (content warnings as per the subtitle):

 

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