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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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 […]

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Rebecca Watts, Gary Longden and Me

Header Photo:  ‘Apples and Snakes: Raw and Biting Cabaret Poetry’, Pluto Press, London, 1984;  ‘In the Pink: the Raving Beauties Choose Poems From the Show and Many More’, The Women’s Press, London, 1983. A year ago I had a very nuanced and worthwhile discussion online with the British Poet Gary Longden. Gary had responded to a […]

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My historic #MeToo Collection

The previously published work has been lifted from other collections and compiled here as a full manuscript, in a permanent ‘Page’ rather than a Blog post. This year, 2019, the poem ‘safe’ will appear in the Australian Picador anthology ‘#MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement’, so it seemed an opportune time to collect these poems. […]

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