To shave or not to shave, is this still a question?

Photo of author by S Curtis, Collingwood, 1986. A conversation within an online writing group brought this poem to mind. The discussion was about body hair, and how the ‘brazilian’, in particular, has become so popular amongst young women. (Conversely, I recall the 1970s, when the Melbourne pop station 3AK ran a promotion ‘3AK Where […]

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Poem, first published in Journal of Australian Studies, 1999

Photo credit: someoldpicturesitook.blogspot.com I first heard Kathy Acker read live in Melbourne in the mid 1980s. I tracked down her book, ‘Blood & Guts In High School’, which I found concurrently thrilling, shocking, transgressive, brave, and rude, with a strong punk sensibility. I was lucky enough to meet her again in Austin, Texas, around 1994. […]

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Some of us were ahead of our time …

In the same way as so much of my work in the 1980s was ignored and derided and is now considered ‘cutting edge’ over 30 years later, so I see the same thing with so many activist friends.  I thought this incredible post from my dear friend, poet and musician, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Skec was worth […]

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Prose poem #1 – from 1987

In 1987 I was invited by poet Tim Thorne to attend the Tasmanian Poetry festival in Launceston in 1987.  Looking back on it now, I was just a bit lucky, after only three years’ serious involvement in Oz Poetry, to be put on the programme alongside such luminaries as the late Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Porter, […]

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Once I was a Word Warrior …

Another archive from my dim dark past digitised for your amusement and/or amazement.  For a short period, I was a ‘Word Warrior’. Header photo Allan Gregory and Liz Hall at Word Warriors Gig at Bonbeach, Victoria, 1991. Photo by Dennis Woodley.   Below, Flyer from One-C-One Folk Club, Brunswick, Victoria 1990. Word Warriors was a […]

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