My video-poem Hexapod was short-listed for the 2017 5th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition. There were 30 films on the short-list from 186 submissions from 29 countries. The films were shown as part of the IndieCork film festival on 15th October 2017. Click here to see the rest of the short-list.
My poem Dial Tone came third in the University of Canberra 2017 Health Poetry Prize! Congrats to winner Joe Dolce and runner-up, Vanessa Procter.
“The University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize aims to inspire others through poetry to consider the journey to live life well. The poem may be focussed on mental or physical health, and can investigate what ‘living life well’ means. This may include barriers to living a well life, promoting a life lived well, or describe the experience of, or transition to, living life well.“
The prize-winning and short-listed poems will be published by the University. Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from Dial Tone:
The message mentioned belongings. I comply, search afterglow
for jasmine, rose, orange blossom, hands fallow at my sides,
on tabletop, in rarely hostile earth. “Good to have you back.”
But I cannot be sure. Our arrival is delayed by asymptote, slowed
by imperfection. Bloodshot meanders skirt lawns to be mown,
drains to clear, vermin to evict. Amid cartons and packing crates,
window shades jealous our skin, discontent curtains our perspective.
We substitute bluff with categoric denial, switch to silent mode.
From 7th September until 9th October, my soundscape, “Heard on the Wind”, commissioned by Adelaide City Council, played in the breezeway at 25 Pirie Street, in central Adelaide CBD.
The breezeway at 25 Pirie Street is surrounded by texts: memorial plaques, notices regarding public safety and well-being, tightly-crafted slogans of the Smart City Studio windows and Enterprise Adelaide brochures. By definition, silent, largely ignored by passers-by, 25 Pirie Street : Heard on the Wind gives voice to these texts using digital sampling technology. 18 text-to-speech synthesisers read the texts, generating a base set of 500 voice samples, that were sped up and slowed down, reversed and delayed, repitched and translated into solos, conversations, choirs, snatches of melody, the heard out loud, and the barely heard at all.
It runs for about 45 minutes. You can hear the whole sequence on my Bandcamp page:
Here is the original ACC link: http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/…/publ…/soundscape-program/
My poem Sedimentary has been published in Cordite 82: LAND.
What might happen if you are washed up on an isolated surf beach, more dead than alive? How might you be seen far into an unimaginable future?
A poem about a train journey, with a video to match…
“Our location indeterminate… ”
My video-poem, canine, was an official selection shown at the 2017 Juteback Poetry Film Festival held in Colorado, USA, 23rd June, and screened again in October, one of only two dedicated poetry film festivals in the USA.
Now published in otoliths 44, two visual poems, one based on some strange (former) neighbours; the other an animated GIF, that evolved from some Adelaide Festival of Ideas admin … Click here to read them.
In 1642, Dutchman, Abel Tasman (1603 – 1659), was the first European to reach what the Maori call Aotearoa, the islands that became known as New Zealand. On the 4th January, 1688, English buccaneer, William Dampier (1651 – 1715) set foot on the north-west coast of Australia, then known as New Holland. His expedition report, A New Voyage Round the World (1697), was very popular. Amongst other things, it provided more “evidence” for the supposed lowly status of the Indigenous inhabitants of the New World. On a subsequent journey, he intended to explore the east coast of New Holland, but never made it.
This piece is built from acrostic and reverse acrostics of Aotearoa / aoraetoA, using only words beginning or ending, respectively, with the appropriate letter, selected from each of the 16 paragraphs in Dampier’s 1697 text describing his time in New Holland. The word order in each section follows that of the original text. Click here to read it.