Friday, October 22, 2010

My book, How to be Hungry, is now available!

Well, I know I’ve been talking about this for ages, but my book of poems How to be Hungry is finally available.

How to be Hungry mainly features poems I’ve written since 2006, based around the theme of desire in its various forms.

You can order it online by following this link:
On that page you can also read the blurb, or download a preview, which includes the front and back cover and a short selection of poems from the book.

The cost of the book is $15, plus delivery. The delivery charge within Australia is currently $7.99 (check the site for delivery costs to other countries). Alternatively you can download the PDF file for $6. Note that Lulu is a US site, and these prices are in US dollars.

At this stage the book is not stocked in any bookshops. It may yet find its way into the odd specialist bookshop, but don’t expect to find it in your local Dymocks or Borders!

I expect I will have a launch in Melbourne at some stage (TBA).

Please feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

I hope you enjoy the book. Putting it together has been … well … an odyssey!


* Note to editors of magazines/websites, etc: please let me know if you’re interested in reviewing the book, and would like to receive a review copy.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

couple of recent things

The collaborative/collage poem 'before elapsing', conceived and constructed by Derek Motion, is now online over at Overland. The 200-line poem was published a couple of months ago in the 200th issue of the magazine. Contributing poets were: Adam Ford, Zenobia Frost, Rebecca Giggs, Susan Hampton, Stu Hatton, Kelly-lee Hickey, Hal Judge, Dan Lee, Carly-Jay Metcalf, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Ella O’Keefe, David Prater, Jaya Savige, Bel Schenk, Andrew Slattery, Amelia Walker, Louise Waller, Benny Walter, Fiona Wright and Mr Motion himself. Heaped thanks to Derek for getting me off my arse to be involved! Derek, I dig the results.

Also Cordite's Creative Commons: The Remixes (edited by Alison Croggon) went live not so long ago. Check out remixes by Lawrence Upton, Nathan Shepherdson, Stuart Cooke, Susan McMichael, Ashley Capes, Corey Wakeling, Chris Beckett, Francesco Levato, Bella Li, Maria Zajkowski, Anne Gorrick, Charles D’Anastasi, Nick Whittock, klare lanson, Rebecca Landon, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau, Pascalle Burton, Carol Chan, Gillian Cameron, Chris Oakey, Sam Twyford-Moore, Adam Formosa, Stu Hatton, Mariana Isara, Dianne Cikusa and Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa. And heck, why not have a look through the Creative Commons issue while you're at it?

Friday, October 08, 2010

poolhall (Mark William Jackson remix)

racked balls break over
blue felt
(a snap of reality)
feel the felt for sympathy

behind the table a mirror
shows an older self

shows remnants of youth

______in sallow eyes

obama on the live cross
declares, “at stake now is not
just our ability to solve this
problem but our ability
to solve any problem”,
though the tv is mute

to ears that cannot hear

balls lay scattered

as a past

________the 8 is



juke injects
extended adbreaks

of manufactured angst
looping insatiably


infusions of urinal cakes

prompt the next move

“every hour is…
amateur hour”

_________i’m left
drunk on words
(voiceover fades)

A remix of poolhall by Mark William Jackson. Cheers Mark!