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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In Which I Am Portrayed in an Artist’s Book by RvB

Aw, I’m blushing! Very chuffed this portrait of me was included in ‘On The Rod’, ReVerse Butcher’s Artist’s Book, a radical reworking of a physical copy of Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’. Launched in Melbourne, as an ebook and a limited edition hardcopy, in November, 2018. I’ve crossed swords with a few fellow (male) writers […]

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