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The riches of Australian poetry: five exciting releases from 2012

2012 was a year of riches, with some stunning Australian poetry collections released. Some of these books have not left my bedside, their words always circling. So before 2013 kicks into top speed, let me share with you a handful of books that would make fine companions to the books already on your shelves.

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asymmetry_avenuescover.qxdAidan ColemanAsymmetry

Asymmetry is a book that celebrates the exhilaration of language and life. Written in the year after Coleman had a stroke that left him without language and the full use of his body; the poems in Asymmetry provide ‘lightning flashes’ of insight into the poet’s healing process. I have read this collection cover to cover many times over and with each reading, comes a release of pure joy.

Here’s a link to an interview with Aidan, a review of the collection and where you can buy it.

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Water MirrorsNicholas PowellWater Mirrors

Winner of the 2011 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, Powell’s words step lightly through the natural landscapes of Finland and Australia and the luminous landscapes of intimacy, desire and memory. Justin Clemens nails it when he describes the work as, ‘at once domestic and cosmic, these poems burgeon like ferns in the bitumen.’

Here’s a link to a review of the collection and to where you can buy it.

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Eye_to_EyeMatt HetheringtonEye to Eye

Here’s what I wrote for the back cover… says it all!

Hetherington’s writing has a spell-like quality, revealing gashes of pleasure in moments where you thought only darkness existed. it looks beyond truth into the deeper unknown, to turn the key on the ‘deadlocked heart’. Muscling toward the light, each poem creates its own clamouring music. This is a work of uninhibited force – a bloodletting of language.

Read a poem from the collection here and get in touch with Matt to pick up a copy.

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TWP-jpgJean KentTravelling with the wrong phrasebooks

I can’t say it better than Paul Summers, so here’s an excerpt from his review of the collection:

Jean Kent’s poetry is both gentle and powerful. It is tender and brutal, gossamer and robust, like ‘an argument with air’. The palette of her reference shifts effortlessly between continents, between epochs and psychologies, from Rilke to The Animals. She is a poet ‘swinging on the ropes of curiosity and hunger, gifting us distilled studies on belonging and separateness, on trauma & repair.

Here’s the link to the review and to where you can buy a copy.

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home{sic} front cover1Julie Beveridgehome{sic}

I will finish with a book that is very dear to my heart, yes, it’s one that I published. So I’ll hand over to Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke to capture the essence of the collection:

home{sic} is a book of journeys: we are taken to a number of places on the planet, to both Australian locations and North American ones.  Beveridge’s perceptive powers of observation are acute. These are travelogues with hard, sometimes jagged edges.  Yet these edges are leavened with a wisdom that resonates with deep psychological truths. As home{sic} reaches its climax on the other side of the Pacific, Beveridge invites us to be, if not defacto God parents for her as a 21st century Eve, then, in a secular sense, partakers of her future journeys with her to-be-born son.  This is an invitation proffered with rich humanity, and a powerful, overarching sense of the joy of life.

Here’s a link to the full review and to where you can buy a copy.

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What they are saying about home{sic}

With the launch of home{sic} set to go off tonight, I thought I would give you a sneak peek at what people have been saying about the collection. Here’s a few choice words from Matt Hetherington:

Beveridge doesn’t muck around too much.  From Kings Bridge in Launceston to Dundarave Pier in Vancouver, via Mount Gravatt, she’s at home with not being at home.  Here, you get her usual sharp, dark wit, but also a new and heartening sense of the hard-won riches of the spirit.  There’s a gratifying variety of styles, too, from understated prose poems on lust, pregnancy and love, to haiku/senryu, to lyrical recollections of sundry 20th century tomfoolery, which take in various cultural points of departure and arrival, from Yevgeny Yevtushenko to Burt Bacharach.  Read her book today, cover to cover.

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See you at Riverbend Books tonight for the launch. Doors are at 6pm!

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June Pin-Up Poet Week #3: Julie Beveridge anticpiates the launch of home{sic)

The launch of Julie Beveridge’s third collection, home{sic} is just days away, so of course, the anticipation of it all dominated this week’s conversation.

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ALS: It’s getting very close to the launch of home{sic} at Riverbend Books. What is it that is most exciting you about the launch?

Is it wrong to say going out without having to wear a feeding top? Launches are always strange things to lead up to but wonderful experiences. It is a very weird thing to have people come along and buy your work. It is both very satisfying and a little embarrassing really. Perhaps you get better at that the more you develop as a writer?

I am looking forward to handing the book over mostly, to putting it out there for people to read… to love or hate, to talk to me about or not, for people to want to tear it apart, or get parts of it tattooed on their body they love it so much. It’s exciting to see how people respond.

The work no longer belongs to me, which is the wonderful thing about releasing stuff really.

Also, I’m looking forward to all the other awesome poets who are reading on the night. And my baby being at home, asleep in bed, being very good for his grandparents.

ALS: I have always found the release of a book to be a time of flux…  after the rigours of editing, new poems seem to flutter into existence, making the current work seem strangely distant. Where is your head at, as home{sic} makes its way into the world?

I totally agree… home{sic} is dead to my mind now, which is already consumed with the third (and final) in the series Home Bittersweet Home. The closer I got to the end of {sic} the more I opened up to Bittersweet – I got a taste for the lines, direction and creative outcome I wanted for the work.

Writing is cyclical, like most processes, so it’s natural to start at the beginning of a new creative process while you are at the publishing end of another.

After a fairly long break from a dedicated writing practice, it’s great to be in a place where my poetic eye is taking snapshots again, I feel as though I am writing some of my best work to date, and feel that can only develop if I ride this train with vigour!

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If you have not yet booked your ticket for the launch, there is still time. Here’s both a sneak peek of the cover and the launch details so that you can be there in person to be one of the first people to get their hands on a copy.

Julie Beveridge launches home{sic)

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba.
Time: Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10
Bookings essential: 07 3899 8555

For all of you who cannot make it, watch this space for a launch special in the coming weeks.

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June Pin-Up Poet Week #2: Julie Beveridge on Vancouver & San Francisco

This week, Julie and I continue our discussion about the concept of home and how travel can reveal some unlikely ones…

Over to you Jules,

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ALS: San Francisco and Vancouver are places that provide a home for you / the poet in home{sic}. What is it about those places that provided the space to call them home?

Having travelled to Vancouver a couple of times – when I went there last year (with you, remember?) it felt as though I was travelling home after a time away. The landmarks, spaces, the way the city moves all more familiar. A dear friend put us up and we came ‘home’ every night.

It was my second time to San Francisco too, after travelling there with my family as a young girl. The city came to me completely unfamiliar, though every now and then I would have a geographical memory  … I would find myself on the corner of something and somewhere street and just know how to get somewhere else (being six months pregnant this was usually around the need to go to the bathroom). Memory slides would flick over in my head of me as a nine year old being toured around the city by my father to all the tourist destinations.

When I travel I like to become a local and I soon found San Francisco had a pattern to it. Grant Street. Market Street. City Lights Bookstore. Vesuvios. North Beach. The Mission. A daily trek around these places became the routine. City Lights especially felt like home, having pregnant lady naps in Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s rocking chair most days while my husband (that’s you sharky!) methodically thumbed through every book on the shelf. China Town was our home. Sleeping thick in the belly of the beast and waking up each morning to the same beautiful Chinese women handing out the same beautiful menus.

Having said that, I struggled with San Francisco much like I struggle with Tasmania. I loved it, quite passionately, but don’t think I could ever actually live there. It’s a strange feeling to articulate.

Also, travelling pregnant, had a turtle like feel to it… not just because I looked like one. Our little family moved around together so effortlessly. We could be anywhere together and it would be home.

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Julie launches home{sic} at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 19. Doors for the event open at 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling the store on (07) 3899 8555.

Here’s an excerpt from her long poem, Song for San Francisco.

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San Francisco

Your men hold their cameras like cocks
and your women cuckold
their overpriced waterfront shopping bags
each silk scarf a steal on Grant Avenue at a quarter
of the price made by the same
tiny brown hands

San Francisco

Your honest homeless men
spruiking change for weed or sex or alcohol
or their hundred dollar a day meth habit
Your homeless women absent
most likely sheltered together taking your
homeless men for every penny we provide

San Francisco

I came into your 20th Century history with eyes open
wanting simply to sit in Ferlinghetti’s chair contemplate
the feet that have walked these boards
read in this room
not knowing all the while that when I got here
I would take the photo like all the other tourists

San Francisco

You sell women from a specials board
today we have four girls
one Filipino, one Thai, one black and one white girl
she’s been on shift for a few hours already
… the others are hot, fresh and ready

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June Pin-Up Poet Week #1: Julie Beveridge

It’s hectic times here at Another Lost Shark HQ, with the launch of the next Another Lost Shark Publication looming. This time I am thrilled to be publishing Julie Beveridge’s third poetry collection, Home{sic}, which will make its way into the world at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 19. And with Julie reading at SpeedPoets tomorrow, the timing was perfect to crown her, Another Lost Shark’s ‘Miss June 2012.’

This week Julie and I talk ‘home’ and the link between her previous collection, Home is Where the Heartache is and Home{sic}.

Enjoy,

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ALS: Your last book, Home is Where the Heartache is (2007) was an exploration of domestic menace. How does your new book Home{sic} relate to ‘Heartache’ and further your exploration of the concept of home?

Heartache was really an imagining of what could be happening behind any door of any home at any particular moment.. And yes, the menace that lives at home with us… which I have had a love affair with for as long as I can remember (thanks in part to Roddy Doyle’s The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, Joyce Carol Oates’ Rape, Elizabeth Bachinsky’s Home of Sudden Service and, well anything by Dianne Wakoski – who is the queen of domestic loss, love and longing).

Home{sic} is more of a personal mythology -  to borrow a phrase from Wakoski. I am in a constant state of yearning for home – whether that be here in Queensland, in Tasmania or in the places I’ve been to or imagined myself in. And not even really my actual self, but the me that my private audience imagines on my behalf. These poems are personal, and not about me at all in equal measures, so hopefully the collection creates a world in which a narrative exists – a poetic visioning of infinite potential of one small home.

I don’t think I’ll ever be done with home as a poetic concept… I’ve already started imagining the third piece in the trilogy – Home Bitter Sweet Home… watch this space?

Julie Beveridge is a Brisbane based poet, cultural producer and first time mum. Her work has appeared in print and online journals throughout Australia and New Zealand. Her third collection Home{sic} will be launched at Riverbend Books on June 19.

Here’s a poem from the collection.

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van diemens land

canyon precipice
jagged merciful

sharp extension
endures grooves

my fingers rest in
or slip out of

whether I climb or fall
nothing patient as these cliffs

rocks call to me at night
knowing I’ve always wanted to

fling myself off something
into something else

Tasmania
heart shaped and irregular

chains my memories
convict dogs that don’t get fed

hungry for the brink

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SpeedPoets Calls Back Marisa Allen

Each month at SpeedPoets, thirty poets are given the opportunity to sign up for Open Mic and at the end of the day, one of these poets is called-back by the monthly features to perform a short set to close the event. In May, that poet was Brisbane based singer-songwriter-poet, Marisa Allen. I just posted her poem and bio on the SpeedPoets website, so be sure to click on over.

And to give you all a taste of her musical prowess, here she is performing Nerve Child live for Balcony TV. Such a voice!

SpeedPoets takes over Brew again on Saturday June 2 and features Julie Beveridge premiering work from her new collection, home{sic} and the launch of Alan Jefferies‘ new book, Seem.

When: Saturday June 2, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
More details at www.speedpoets.com

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