The first Grapple Annual was officially launched at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle earlier this month. You can buy it now from their website.
The book contains my poem THE LAST NIGHT OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S LIFE along with a host of other great poems and short stories, and the whole package ‘feels good’ as the kids would say; ‘has a nice texture’. So if you like ‘art and/or literature’ or have a lot of money (or both) you should buy one. They’re only $20.
A poem of mine will be featured in the forthcoming Grapple Annual, which features a selection of poetry, short fiction, stories, memoirs and so forth, each inspired or somehow related to a particular day (or date) of the year. In the run up to release, they are now featuring selections from the Annual online, in full, on their given dates, for one day only.
Check out the pieces as they get put up at the Grapple Publishing home page, starting with a poem for tax return time by Monica Carroll. Also look out for my piece in the coming days (it’s about ol’ Papa, so figure that out).
I will be among 173 poets featured in the forthcoming debut collection from Inkerman & Blunt, “a new Australian press dedicated to publishing books of originality, intelligence and beauty: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.”
Selected by award-winning poet and author Mark Tredinnick, new poets such as myself will be appearing in print alongside the likes of Cate Kennedy, Paul Kelly, Judith Beveridge and Les Murray, which needless to say, is dangerously ego-affirming.
From last Monday until the volume’s August 4 launch at Byron Bay Writers Festival (launch to be presided over by George Megalogenis, Australia’s best journalist — so that’s pretty neat), Inkerman & Blunt will be gradually revealing the names of each featured poet on their website and Facebook page.
You can also pre-order copies of the book directly through Inkerman & Blunt.
Recently, two articles regarding the by-now popularised debate over pornography and its social effects, particularly in the Internet and smart phone age, gave me some hope that a measure of complexity is beginning to replace the previously black-and-white, sensationalised and often misleading treatment of this discussion by some anti-porn activists.
The first was a piece in The Age entitled The problem with porn
It prompted me to write a one thousand word Facebook comment, which I’ve included below – largely because I feel that such a long essay rant, composed spur of the moment when I should have been doing more constructive things, deserves at least a blog airing.
Now, this piece features observations from Marree Crabbe, “an expert on young people and sexuality.” In many ways, it continues some of the more simplistic approaches to discussing and critiquing porn’s role in society. For example, as I discuss below, it repeats the oft-cited reference to statistically prevalent violence in today’s pornography, without discussing what is actually defined as violent or degrading behaviour when compiling such data.
Nevertheless, it does at least gesture toward the idea that pornography itself – the depiction of sexually explicit activities for pleasure and entertainment – is not inherently bad. Rather, as Crabbe says:
“The point is not whether anal sex is good or bad, or that it’s no good to get ejaculate on your face or parts of your body. It’s that the script of pornography is normalising and misrepresenting the experiences of pleasure of lots of people, particularly women, and shaping a sense of what is expected as part of the sexual experience for many young people when that is not actually what a lot of people want to engage in.”
The second piece, refreshingly, makes this gesture more explicit. Heh.
The audio of February’s “Cats on the Radio” poetry reading for Three D radio is up now over at SoundCloud.
Feauring Avalanche, Anthony Parmee, myself, Nicki Bullock and Kerryn Treadrea, facilitated and hosted by Dominic Clark for his weekly show “Nature Loves Courage”.
Full playlist from the show:
Black Sabbath – supernaut, the doors – soul kitchen, brian jonestown massacre – the ballad of jim jones, Avalanche – take a walk, promises promises, & in the duck pond. the stooges – penetration, joy division – shadowplay, Anthony parmee – stockholm syndrome, next & sexy hospital cops. lydia lunch – tied and twist, don carlos – late night blues, arab strap – stink, Ben Adams – suburbs dusk the creature waits for something & that summer. leadbelly – ain’t goin down to the well no more, nirvana – mv, nicki bullock – poem from chapbook called blood rainbows and the taste of needles & poem from pixie dust epiphanies and glimpses of the unknowable chapbook. brick layer cake – stars, kerryn tredrea – he sends me overtones of bondage…. & we become a rope. julian cope – up-wards at 45 degrees, ramones – she talks to rainbows, gg allin and the cedar st sluts – sluts in the city, john cooper clark – psycle sluts, isolation valve – marion shopping centre, swimsuit – carsick, swans – new mind, cut hands – black mamba, tinariwen – soixante trois, tricky – scrappy love, scott walker – corps de blah.