WILLIAM DAMPIER LOSES BEARINGS, HEADS EAST, RENEGOTIATES ABEL TASMAN, DRAWS A BLANK in “Found Poetry Review”

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 … Click here for more.

Sensurious video-poem short-listed for Red Room Co New Shoots Prize

Created by The Red Room Company, New Shoots, is a poetic partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park and Bundanon Trust. The project celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place. Sensurious, my video-poem featuring drawings by Judy Morris, was short-listed for the New Shoots Poetry prize, 2016. Click here to download the PDF of  New Shoots Anthology: Poems Inspired by Plants.  The text for Sensurious is on p. 32.

 

sensurious from Ian Gibbins on Vimeo.