Uncollected Poem, 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 Aust8n, 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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