A Poem for a Thursday – Venus and Mars

Whilst trawling the interweb for possible AusReadingMonth poetry choices recently, I was thrilled to discover the Cordite Poetry Review. It has an abundance of local poets, some known to me already (like Ellen Van Neervan, Eileen Chong, Kim Mahood, John Kinsella, Kirli Saunders just to name a few), but many more new-to-me poets.I still feel … Continue reading A Poem for a Thursday – Venus and Mars

A Poem on Thursday – Sorry’s Essence

In preparation for AusReadingMonth, starting tomorrow, I thought we should explore poems that reflect Australian life in all it's facets. This week we have poet, Mark Mahemoff. According to wikipedia, Mahemoff’s poetry is 'chiefly concerned with framing, reimagining and memorialising commonplace moments, primarily in an urban setting.'Sorry’s EssenceBy Mark Mahemoff | 1 May 2012 | Cordite … Continue reading A Poem on Thursday – Sorry’s Essence

Some People a poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Some People a poem by Wislawa Szymborska was referenced in my most recent read, The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay. The epigraph used the final stanza of the poem. Poem Hunter allowed me to read the poem in it's entirety. 🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻🞻 Some people fleeing some other people.In some country under the sunand some clouds. They leave … Continue reading Some People a poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham & David McNeill

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was not exactly what I was expecting.Before visiting Japan for the first time last year, I read Richard Lloyd Parry's Ghosts of the Tsunami. Parry, like his American counterparts, was (and still is) an (English) journalist based in Japan. His book focused on … Continue reading Strong in the Rain by Lucy Birmingham & David McNeill

A Love Like Dorothea’s by Alison Whittaker

I've recently been dipping in and out of Alison Whittaker's book of 'poetry, memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique', Blakwork. It's beautiful, confronting and unflinching.But I keep returning to one poem, perhaps because of the link to an older poem that is part of my white heritage. The comparison and contrast between the two ideas … Continue reading A Love Like Dorothea’s by Alison Whittaker