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Samuel Wagan Watson on fame, family and the writing circuit

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

[via Another Lost Shark]

In Raptures

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Report from Queensland Poetry Festival

'I always expect lips to curl whenever I dare to mention that my favourite poet is Sylvia Plath.'

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Helen Kitson:
It's pointless to try to mould Plath into a feminist. On the "subject" of women she was often loaded with spite and mockery ("Face Lift", "Eavesdropper"). But, for me, what she did was to give me the courage to be a feminist and still be vindictive, jealous…I don't believe that even a committed feminist has to love the concept of "wimmin" and womanhood wholesale. Or rather, I can be a feminist, in broad terms, but still dislike individual women. We’re not all of a piece, after all. We can even hate our mothers; even as we love them.

Why did you start seeking publication? Why do you continue?

Kate Bernadette Benedict:
I've ever and always just wanted to reach people. Poetry is what I have to give; that's why it's so awful when publication doesn't happen and success doesn't come. I've wept over it.

Bad boy Byron

Saturday, August 13, 2011
His readers sometimes became his lovers: women who liked the poem acted on their admiration by offering themselves sexually to the poet.

Ron Moss wins The Seashell Game

Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Seashell Game is a unique form of contest in which you can nominate the poems of other writers, rather than entering your own:
This haiku comes from a time when I was fighting a long running bushfire [in] southern Tasmania. I was about to retire for a well-earned sleep when I looked at the night sky and a feeling of oneness and expansiveness came over me. It felt like everything was alright just as it was, and the danger that we were facing as fire-fighters would pass . . . as all things do in their own time.


Tuesday, August 09, 2011
A meeting with Filipino poet, Joel M.Toledo, audio interview:
Filipino poet Joel M. Toledo grew up in Silang in the rural province of Cavite near to Manila. The son of a navy man, Joel's family was impoverished and he grew up without electricity in his house. His first book of poems Chiaroscuro is about moving from the darkness of his home to the bright lights of Manila.

Reading for my blind grandfather

Saturday, August 06, 2011
More so even than simple conversation, reading aloud is a contract between two individuals, forming a connection that endures beyond the words themselves.

New NZ Poet Laureate

Friday, August 05, 2011
Ian Wedde makes his living from words but he admitted he was almost lost for them when he found out he was going to be New Zealand's new poet laureate.

Competition: The Best Short Writing in the World

'...we seek writing that is daring, witty, erudite, lucid and infectious.'

How to Build a Newsroom Time Machine

Thursday, August 04, 2011
"Man, I forgot how much I forgot..."

[via Binding Wor(l)ds Together]

from 'Slow to Burn'

Collin Kelley:
Acid Flashback No. 1
for Billy

The first time I dropped acid,
mistaking a Johnnie Walker Black billboard
for Joanne Whalley-Kilmer straddling a chair
like in the poster for Scandal ...
[rest here]

The difficulties of translation

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
An interview with Brother Anthony of Taizé
A Korean poem is written in the Korean language. If I translate it into English the result is bound to be a text in English. Nothing at all remains of the original poem as such, except a rough equivalent of the meaning of its words and grammatical structure. Everything is suppressed.
[via subject object verb]