New spoken word poem on Baby Teeth Journal

I have a new spoken word poem published on Baby Teeth Journal!

‘Don’t feed’ was inspired by a real life experience of feeding Schmackos to a magpie, then suddenly finding myself surrounded by many feathered Schmacko enthusiasts! At the time my city, was about to enter a lockdown and I remember wondering what would happen if, in our absence, these birds decided to take over? The result was this weird, spooky poem.

Listen to/read ‘Don’t feed’ on the Baby Teeth Journal website.

Picture of the front cover of a book titled 'the bright and the cold' selected poems of Anne Elder

Anne Elder Award 2020

This year I again had the pleasure of judging the Anne Elder Award through Australian Poetry. Fellow Judges Marcella Polain, Toby Fitch and I chose our winner Ella Jeffery for Dead Bolt (Puncher & Wattmann 2020), as well as awarding Highly Commended to Cadaver Dog by Luke Best (UQP 2020) and Commended to Ask Me About the Future by Rebecca Jessen (UQP 2020). Congratulations to all!

The award is named after Australian poet Anne Elder, 1918-1976. The Anne Elder Award is sponsored by Anne’s daughter, Cathie, and is for a sole-authored first book of poetry of 20-minimum pages in length, published in Australia.

Read our judge’s comments about the award winning books and more information about the award on the Australian Poetry website.

Photo of a dark covered journal with a creepy wooden looking face on the front titled ‘Vastarien A Literary Journal - Vol 3 Issue 2 - Fall 2020’. The journal sits on a black glitter cloth background with two horse spine bones as decoration.

New poem in Vastarien!

I have a new poem in the latest Vastarien Vol 3 Issue 2! It’s a found poem with Zalgo text called ‘your AI girlfriend named “it”’ and it’s based on phrases from the article ‘Sex robots with “coding errors” prone to “violence and could strangle humans” (David Rivers, The Daily Star, 2019). Grab a print or ebook version of Vastarien at: https://grimscribepress.com/issues/

Photo of a dark covered journal with a creepy wooden looking face on the front titled ‘Vastarien A Literary Journal - Vol 3 Issue 2 - Fall 2020’. The journal sits on a black glitter cloth background with two horse spine bones as decoration.