The Grapple Annual

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).

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Australian Love Poems 2013

ALP_cover-180x220I 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.

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Free-range porn: Shades of grey in the sex-on-film debate

sex1-380x505Recently, 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.

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Poems on Pyrokinection

Big ShipsThree of my poems have just gone live at Pyrokinection, an online publication from Kind of a Hurricane Press editor and poet A.J. Huffman.

 

 

 

They are “big ships” … “moving through sad middles of nowhere” … and … “Vancouver B.C.”

 

Check them out here.

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Cats on the Radio

529113_438105219616777_1396257298_nThe 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.

My featured poem “suburbs, dusk, the creature waits for something” has also been recently published at The Camel Saloon. Also, “last waltz” appears in the April issue of Gutter Eloquence Magazine.

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Waiting for thunder and poems on the wireless

My long poem waiting for thunder is up and ready to be read at The Camel Saloon. Have a drink, leave a comment and hang around for a while…

 

cats on the radioAlso, me and five other Adelaide poets will be reading for Nature Loves Courage on Three D Radio’s graveyard shift this week, Thursday from 11pm. If you’re awake, tune or listen in online!

 

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Nik Coppin and the context of race

6020_nik-solo_EFUL_GUIDEThe material in Nik Coppin Is Not Racist concerns an incident during Coppin’s last visit to Adelaide during the 2012 festival, wherein the mixed race Englishman was abruptly cut off air, thrown from the studio and subsequently labelled “racist” in print by local radio host, columnist, and middle class white guy Peter Goers.

Coppin’s use of this material for his 60 minute 2013 Adelaide Fringe set in the Austral’s “Red Room” is effective. His quick-fire, conversational story telling doesn’t overflow with obvious jokes or easy one-liners, but that can be refreshing and, particularly with this sort of politically and socially important material, more appropriate. The humour in this show comes from a building sense of farce and frustration at some of the racially abusive insults Coppin has copped from both white and black (but rarely Indian, he says) aggressors who label him “mongrel” or “half-caste” for his joint English-Barbadian heritage.

The set’s one big punch-line, of course, is Coppin’s recount of the events surrounding his 2012 interview with Goers. This story occupies the show’s second half and Coppin does an effective job of keeping his audience eager to find out more about the “ridiculous events” and “bizarre developments” in question.

*** ANECDOTAL SPOILER ALERT ***

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