Best launch ever?

July 22, 2016

The delayed launch of Suddenly Curving Space Time was held at Smiths late last night, and it was a memorable one.  Gerald Kearney was there, and performers included a band called Shoe or Shoo! (or possibly Choux? says the Francophile), a shakuhachi performance by Barbara, and of course poetry.  UPDATE:  I see from Bandcamp that the correct spelling is S.H.U.!  How’s a person supposed to guess that?

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I didn’t get everyone’s full name, but here are some photos of performers, including Brian,  who has a really great voice.  And Gerald, one of the editors of the book (above and below) also gave a memorable performance.

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In honour of the weather that delayed the launch I read a few poems with a climate change and/or weather focus.  Despite a few people being unable to make the rescheduled launch (notably the co-editor Hal Judge, though Gerald read one of his poems),  it was an event that left me feeling inspired and intoxicated, in a good way.

Consider buying the book.

Happy birthday Banjo!

February 18, 2015

For yesterday, that is.

I just drove back from Orange, about three and a half hours from Canberra. Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born here, and the 17th February is his birthday. I went courtesy of a competition offered through Australian Poetry Ltd and attended a poetry competition, a birthday breakfast, a dinner, and undertook my own Banjo-related activities.

Soon I’ll write something about the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival for Australian Poetry’s website. (There are too many similar words in that sentence, but that can’t be helped!) I’ll talk about how much I enjoyed this experience in Orange, but for now I must rest, having eaten about as much as I eat in a week over three days. Here is a photo of a bust of the poet, erected just near his birthplace. It can be found in a park dedicated to him:

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And what other Australian poet gets jokes made about his or her birthday by coffee shops? (Yes, that is rhetorical…)

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My last post!

September 26, 2013

No, not on this blog, dear reader. Still those sobs.

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2013/09/25/pucks-girdle-or-the-web-and-poetry/

If you dare, click that link and read my final post for Australian Poetry on the Wonders of the Web or How I Learnt to Love the Difference Engine.

This blog tends towards the short and sarcastic, so it was fun to be able to write some long pieces elsewhere.

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I will be writing about poetry at the Australian Poetry site over the next month, as their on-line Poet in Residence. Inaugural Poet in Residence, which makes it sound slightly Presidential.

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2013/09/04/introducing-p-s-cottier/ If you feel like it, press that link which will take you to the site. This first piece is just a general introduction to me.
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You can see what a keen mind Australia Poetry has on its hands for a month…Gloved in synapses, they will be.

I’ll be talking about reading only poetry next week, and how I have gone nine months untainted by prose. Should be fun!

I’ve had two articles published in other places this week, talking about the wonders of poetry, in prose.

Here is a link to a launch speech I gave last year for the pamphlet In Response to Magpies. It deals with that most Australian of birds, its colonial conquests, and some very well known poets. That’s in the Australian Poetry members magazine, called Sotto.

This second link is to the ACT Writers Centre blog, where I mentally swear at a stupid person, and talk about Byron, as per usual. It is a defence of poetry. It contains jokes.

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So busy have I been writing prose about poetry that I have no Tuesday poem for you today! But fear not. Click this feather, and other poets will satisfy your cravings:

Tuesday Poem

Next week, the third anniversary of the Tuesday Poem group, we will be writing a joint poem, starting on Tuesday, to be posted gradually at that link as each poet writes a section. It should be a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful, reflective and chocolate flavoured Easter.