Saturday, October 17, 2009

Peaceful Co-Creating Emerging Visions #16 has emerged

Fall into the calm within the storm
Join the merriment of dancers
where love is a whisper
from which each breath expands
for sweet co-creation

share and enjoy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Overload Poetry Festival 2009 Review


I had never been to the festival before and I was charmed by the friendliness of Melbourne poets. They kiss & cuddle! Or was that after the beers? Nevertheless, the festival gigs that I attended were exhilarating and the poets more so. My first poetry call was the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday night, 9th September. The Slam Heat got off to a great start, MC'd by a lively and well-spoken Ninja in a Black T-shirt Crazy Elf (bulging muscles & all). During the night (All-Stars included), I was entertained by new and seasoned performers. I especially liked Gabby Everall's performance with her firstly whipping off a silver lame jacket, and then taking the risk to speak about the body & its invasion. Author of Dona Juanita - and the love of boys, Gabby performed a similar medley of words from that dark undercurrent of female experience that often brings women to poetry. Geoff Lemon was also a standout poet, delivering a well-paced, funny, entertaining, oft serious troupe of modern day harangues. A duel act at the end of the slam was also a highlight. The winner Steve, seated next to me, said he was broke and so welcomed his prize of $10. When it came to the best performances on the night in the All-Stars line-up, I think Lewis Scott and Maxine Clarke shone in their individual, inimitable style. They made me listen and hunger for more of their cultural rhythm & soul. My contemporary Ali Cobby Eckermann was by far the most uplifting performance of the night. I wholeheartedly concur with Koraly Dimitriadis's review Overland Overloaded, that we are so ignorant of Australia's Stolen Generation and the latest Intervention imposed on our indigenous brothers & sisters. And yes, when I listen to Ali Cobby Eckermann’s poetry I want to punch "The Minister's" lights out, but at the same time I am pleased that she is informing us of her personal struggles within her beautiful, heart-wrenching, poetic elegies.

Next stop: Fitzroy High School. Poets Lewis Scott, Kimberley Mann, Warren Burt and myself entertained years' 8's and 10's. Year 8's are writing narrative and year 10's are studying the Beats, especially Ginsberg's Howl. Some students strained to listen, while others contorted with boredom. However, thanks to James Waller's intermittent rescues, like getting the student to click pens, and then asking them up to read, it all went fairly smoothly in the end. The highlight for me was that several students spoke to us at the end of the session, and away from the pressure of their peers confessed that they had enjoyed the poetry. One young man is going to be invited to next year's Overload after reading his poem to the class with confidence and enthusiasm.

City Library, Flinders Lane, Melbourne was next. I awaited in anticipation for more stories from Ali Cobby Eckermann in the session Stolen Voices. Chaired by Kevin Brophy (Uni of Melb), I gained more insight into the massacres of aboriginal people. Ali confessed that in her travels now as a teacher of aboriginal children she is also learning more of the sad histories and stories of her people. Dr Tony Birch - Writer, Curator and Lecturer, Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne gave an informative talk on his experiences working with indigenous poets and students. Lewis Scott - Jazz Poet and performer from Wellington, New Zealand again performed his cultural enlightenment wherein he remarks, 'In my father's house are many mansions. If it was not so, I would have told you.' As an interpretation, I would say Lewis delivers a twenty minute monologue that is meant to have a unifying effect, wherein he tells us as human beings we are all one and the same, we have parents, a birth mother who delivers us into a cruel world. And once we are on that path it is for us to walk that path alone, to discover the self in the larger world, experiencing the sins and the revelations. How we deal with that world and the self is very much up to us.

Launch of the New Poets Series 2009 at the Dan O’Connell was the "pièce de résistance". Kimberley Mann, Ali Cobby Eckermann and myself launched our new poetry books. Ron Pretty our mentor, poet and editor spoke highly of each poet, first with a short biography which also included our back cover reviewer's comments. We read for 12 minutes to great applause from an audience of around sixty people. Teresa Bell, Director of the Australian Poetry Centre, spoke about the publishing opportunity now undertaken by the Centre. She also congratulated each poet as unexpected high sales of our books had been achieved with Ali Cobby Eckermann selling out!

I want to sincerley thank James Waller & the team of Overload for putting on such a wonderful festival. I wish I had taken the time to go to all events. I want especially to thank the Melbourne poets, and invited poets who I met for the first time, for truly being my contemporaries. Thank you: Andrew from ACT, Benjamin Theolonius Sanders,(sorry I missed your reading!), Johnny, Steve Smart, Denice Smart, Susan Fealy, Ann de Hugard, Michael Reynolds, Luis Gonzalez Serrano, Lewis Scott and Warren Burt.

Monday, September 14, 2009

submit to Emerging Visions 16 Peaceful Co-Creation

Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #15, Shifting Perceptions ~ still awaits you
and all strict and sure
rearranged in light-swift display
hues of the every day
bending, twisting, flying
Leaping into play

share and enjoy as you scroll down to the Submission Guidelines (below the Contributors' page)

Then, Share your visions to commingle into a fine fruition of

Peaceful Co-Creating - Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #16

send your submission to me by early October

have fun~

make it happen...

remember, you can still enjoy the earlier issues in the archives

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

new email contact for Louise Waller

Hi all on list.
I have a new email contact

I'll be editing foam:e

again and want to remind you all to send something fabulous
by end November...

to editor{at}foame{dot}org

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

WA Spring Poetry Festival: 28th-30th August, 2009

WA SPRING POETRY FESTIVAL: 28th-30th August 09
Enter the realm of West Australian poetry at the Spring Poetry Festival
The festival is due to start this week on Friday, 28th August. The festival boasts a big line up of well-known poets, including Andrew Burke, Roland Leach, Kevin Gillam, Vivienne Glance, Helen Hagemann, Janet Jackson, Peter Jeffery, Shane McCauley, Scott-Patrick Mitchell (2009 PressPress winner), Annie Otness, Graham Nunn (Qld), Rachael Petridis (Varuna Award winner), Glen Phillips, Maureen Sexton and Annamaria Weldon. For event, venue, dates/times check out Check out WA Poets Inc. Spring Festival

WA SPRING POETRY FESTIVAL 2009: Launch Event, 28th August
As soon-to-be or recently published poets, Graham Nunn (QLD), Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Gary Di Piazzi, Vivienne Glance, & Helen Hagemann will be reading at the launch. Special mentions by invited speakers, incl. Roland Leach will introduce each poet and talk about their latest successes & how WA poets are reaching further than their own shores for publication.

Voicebox: Thursday 3rd September features guest Rachael Petridis (2009 Varuna Longlines Award Poet) followed by a showcase of OOTA poets and open mic,$5/$3, 7 pm, La Tropicana Café, 177 High Street, Fremantle. Visit Out of the Asylum Writers Group

Friday, August 21, 2009

Launch 'The Unhaunting' by ANDREW TAYLOR

You are all hereby invited to the launch of Andrew Taylor's latest collection, THE UNHAUNTING, published by SALT Publishing, to be launched by Dennis Haskell at PLANET BOOKS, Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, 6.30pm Thursday 10th September.

This is Taylor's first major collection since his Collected Poems (SALT) came out a few years ago and I for one look forward to reading it with great interest.

It is also good to see SALT still struggling on and producing quality books. We need all the poetry publishers we can get, right!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Call for haiku, short work

Part of Overload Poetry Festival 2009 [Australia]:
Hi everyone,

The 8th Overload Poetry Festival (4-13 September 2009) seeks submissions of short poetry for public display on the scrolling text tickers of the west-facing wall in Federation Square, corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets.

... Fed Square will let us feed poems up to these digital scrolling text screens over 10 days. This is one of the busiest intersections in Melbourne, a great opportunity to take your poetry to the people.

Send us haiku, one-line poems, short poems (up to 5 lines), short prose poems (up to 50 words) to submissions @ by 31 July 2009. Payment: the joy of being read by hundreds of thousands of people.

In submitting, please be mindful of the medium and its public nature. Push the boundaries tastefully...

And please circulate this message among your networks.

Look forward to reading your gems,

Matt Hetherington and Luis Gonzalez Serrano

Monday, June 22, 2009

~Shifting Perceptions Emerging Visions #15 has emerged

Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #15, Shifting Perceptions ~ emerges with great good tidings for Joyous Solstice and beyond

and all strict and sure
rearranged in light-swift display
hues of the every day
bending, twisting, flying
Leaping into play

share and enjoy

Monday, May 25, 2009

Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #14 ~ "Scrying Phantom Seas"* ~ roiling on rocks of destiny emerged on the Ides of March, 2009. Merge with us, imbibing prescient visions.

now, look into the crystal - Get ready for #15, Shifting Perceptions* ~ expected to emerge just before the Solstice

take another look; tell us what you see

enjoy the visions on the way while scrolling to the Submission Guidelines below

*theme for Gemini: Magic of the Mind

Saturday, April 4, 2009

free visionary ebook

Michael's work also appears in Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #14 ~ Scrying Phantom Seas ~

Book Title: The World behind it, Chaos
Author: Michael Dickel
Publisher: wv? eBook Press (
Release Date: March 1, 2009
Price: Free ($0.00) download
Formats: Flash Projector (no plug-in needed), Flash online (requires
Flash plug-in for browser), Adobe Acrobat PDF
Review copies available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format from:
Just in time for National Poetry Month in the US, Michael Dickel's
eBook, The World Behind It, Chaos, is now available online from wv?
eBook Press (online).

No fooling, it was released 1 April 2009. Go to http:// in order to visit the why vandalism? web page
and download the book. If you like it, spread the word to your
friends, family, and loved ones. If you don't like it, spread the
word to boring colleagues and people you don't like so well. (But
tell them they'll enjoy it.) Just, please, spread the word!

Recently announced: Michael Dickel and Sheryl Abbey will be co-
editors-in-chief of the Voices Israel annual anthology, beginning
with issue #36, Voices Israel 2010. Issue #35, Voices Israel 2009,
Helen Bar-Lev, editor-in-chief, is scheduled to be released at the
end of April. For more information about the anthology, go to: http://

Did I mention that the book is free?

--Michael Dickel

Monday, March 30, 2009

Check out photos on my blog for the first reading at Perth Poetry Club. It's a weekly event, 2pm Saturdays, at The Court Hotel just over the trainline in Perth.

So, when you're in town, check it out.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Scrying Phantom Seas ~ Emerging Visions #14 has emerged

Welcome the Emergence of "Scrying Phantom Seas" Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #14

Listen to the heart of bliss.
On open sand, feel
breeze, vibrance
under oceanic starlight.
Breathing eternity, open
inward to see intricately
expanding visions -- poetry:
thought in magical splendor.
All art is magical; all magic is art.
Yet they are not the same, and part
of a grander landscape, embracing
sky and sea.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

foam:e issue 6 goes live

I've posted a detailed blurb on my blog regarding foam:e 6 going live. You can find foam:e here and I hope you will take some time to have a browse. Some of the poneme crew are there, and mighty fine crew they are.

I'll be editing foam:e 7 which will be open for submissions in July and close for submissions in November this year for publication in March 2010.

Issue 6, Edited by Angela Gardner is another fabulous issue and is hereby declared launched.
Please let your networks know and happy reading.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

call for submissions Emerging Visions #14 ~Scrying Phantom Seas~

Submission Review around the end of February

Send out your phantom seas, let them elide and coalesce, become ecstatic ride through eternal oceans. . . ~
Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #14 ~ "Scrying Phantom Seas"* ~ roils on rocks of destiny to emerge on the Ides of March, 2009. Merge with us, imbibing prescient visions.

Submit NOW
luxuriate in the swim through (secret)waters, undulating your way to the Submission Guidelines below

*theme, associated with the astrological influence at the time of "emergence" of the issue. #14 is due out during the astrological month of Pisces ~ visonary foretellings, stale dreams, phantasies most straynge

from Spirits of deep water Emerging Visions visionary art ezine #13 ~ "Sharing (secret) Water"* ~ emerged on the 5th of November to open fluid connections.

Drink deeply

share and enjoy

remember, you can still dig out the earlier issues in the archives

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Call for Poems: Blue Velvet


'I can't figure out if you're a detective or a pervert.'

Seeking poems that explore the twisted world of David Lynch's Blue Velvet for The Private Press's next chapbook anthology.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 28 February 2009.


Poems accepted via online contribution form ONLY.

Poet Tim Thorne describes The Private Press's chapbooks as "stylishly produced" in his review published in Famous Reporter: