Category: haiku

When two is better than one

Is there anything better than having a parcel arrive on your doorstep? Well, yes there is. It’s when books, or more specifically poetry, bounces into your hands.

Husband and wife and ridiculously talented Brisbane based poets, Graham Nunn and Julie Beveridge have, both this year published a collection of poetry each. I’m in for a poetry pornathon treat tonight and over the weekend as I get word drunk on Graham’s ‘The First 30 and other poems, and Julie’s home {sic}.

Graham’s collection focuses on the journey with his firstborn son. From what I’ve read so far, these poems are tender and bone-crushingly honest. The love for his wife and son is palpable and striking. It is radiant.

Julie’s collection – a follow-up to her book of haibun, Home is Where the Heartache Is – is an unflinching and unapologetic collection of poems, haiku and her trademark haibun. As wonderful as her previous collection is, Julie’s hit the ground running with her sharp observational skills and cutting prose.

Lucky as I am, I was deeply moved by what Graham and Julie inscribed inside the  books  …

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Now go and do yourself a favour, support your local poets and buy a copy post-haste!

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More of Mr. Nunn’s poetry can be found at Graham Nunn AKA Another Lost Shark

C.I.P – chapbook in progress

How do you choose from ten thousand words of poetry and prose that will be printed into a 36 page chapbook? #fuckyeahpoetrylearningcurve#

Dilemma/quandary/mission impossible.

Somewhere on my lounge room floor is a rug that I can only just see because my floor is covered in paper, index cards, books and serviettes which are bursting with words (and Birkenstocks – what?)

I have to mine through what I’ve written over the last five months and skim the cream of the crap. I mean crop 🙂 Oh, dear …

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two haiku

26.4.12

Oily plans slither
out of my scaly hands –
a frayed rope in the water.

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Concrete coloured skies
tease the people of the city –
‘to take my umbrella or not?’

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