In a nice piece of synchronicity, UK poetry website Metaroar has posted an article (no longer online: PDF retrieved from the Wayback Machine) by Angela Meyer in which Jill Jones (who testimonialised my book), Paul Hardacre (who is publishing my book) and myself (who, ehm, wrote my book) are interviewed on the subject of our poetic practices and other burning issues including nationalism, the usefulness of poetry and so on.
From the apt imagery of a moment in time, to dark undercurrents, to an overload of mystical beauty, these three Australian poets are enjoyable and intense to read. Australia’s physical distance from the rest of the Western world can make its artists informed reflectors. It is a mish-mash of cultures, of opinions, of denials. It is still young. Mostly, modern Australian poetry recognises its roots but rejects becoming entwined with them. It wanders, delves, is frightened and influenced by a global environment.
Coincidence, or …? It’s a strange kind of article, where our responses to common questions are interspersed with examples of our work (in my case, mostly poems from Abendland). I guess what interests me the most is the differences and commonalities in our responses, although Paul does put us to shame with the breadth and detail of his answers. As it turns out, he’s a big softie:
It’s taken me close to ten years to become comfortable with the fact that my poems are, for the most part, paeans to love.
I may post some more thoughts on this soon.
The Melbourne Writers Festival programme is now online and I’m happy to say that there’s a fair bit of poetry this year. While most of the guests seem to be the usual suspects, it’s great to see that js harry will be appearing, although I think I’ll give Clive James and Les Murray a wide berth. Still, it could be worse – Pam Ayres could be on the programme. As it is, I’ll be appearing at the official Soi3 book launch on Saturday August 25! Full details are on the site but as it’s just a sentence or two anyway, here goes:
New poetry imprint soi 3 release three sharp collections of contemporary poetry, with readings from M.T.C Cronin’s Our Life is a Box/Prayers without a God; Barry Hill’s Necessity:Poems 1996-2006; and David Prater’s debut collection We Will Disappear.
Date: 25 August 2007
Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Bagging Room
Tickets: FREE EVENT
Did you see that last bit? Yes, it’s a FREE EVENT, just like the launch and performance at the upcoming Queensland Poetry Festival. So there’s really no excuse, is there? Official invitations will be sent out in the next week or two. Rest assured, I’ll also be bombarding your mailboxes, inboxes, Myspace and Facebook accounts, walkie-talkies and ham radio public channels, graffiti walls, mobile phones and also sending telepathic signals to scramble what’s left of your inner voices between now and then. Just over one month to go. Untold!
This one seemed to slip under the radar at the time, but for the sake of archiving and posterity, I’ve reproduced here an interview Paul Hardacre conducted with me a month ago for papertiger’s TIGER TALK e-newsletter, on the subject of my forthcoming book. By the way, did you know that you can now pre-order a copy of We Will Disappear at papertiger’s secure online store? Untold!
Continue reading Interview with Paul Hardacre
On Monday night I came home from uni half-hoping that a copy of We Will Disappear had arrived in the mail. All that was waiting for me, however, was a statement from my bank telling me how little money I have, and even that was two weeks out of date. I tried to fling the bank statement onto the couch but all I succeeded in doing was launching that flimsy piece of paper into the air, from where it began its long, slow and miserable descent, after which I went into the bathroom to sit on the toilet for a while and seethe.
Continue reading It’s a Book!
In all the excitement of preparing myself mentally, physically and spiritually for the launch of We Will Disappear, I totally forgot to mention one very important piece of information – the book has now been officially testimonialised, or blurbed as we say in the industry by the very talented and wonderfully generous Jill Jones!
Continue reading We Will Disappear – the Testimonial!
In news that’s sure to raise the levels of dams all over the country, the Queensland Poetry Festival program has been uploaded onto their website.
Continue reading Queensland Poetry Festival program now online!