a song (for the spider)

Spider Orchid, Beechworth Historical Park - 21/10/2021 andwho are youto me onlya spider flower posturingwhile I pass Ican walk away youdon’t frighten me so settle downjustcalm yourself no need to standhigh no needto threaten I’ll leave you alonebutI won’tforget that youstood upwhen I wentwalking past bravespider flowerI salute youwith a photograph a lineof poem anda … Continue reading a song (for the spider)

It’s all about book news, today.

Such a lot to report. Waiting For Frank Bear (70 pages - colour) I've approved the e-proofs for what I hope is the final time today. I'll likely be ordering a coupl,e of copies of each edition - hardback and paperback just to have some copies in stock, and I'll be determining a release date … Continue reading It’s all about book news, today.

Sheep On The Somme – huge discount on Amazon

Amazon are doing one of their things. Below is my post on FaceBook to let folk know. If you're in Australia and intereted in poetry or the first world war, I'd grab this. ~ Sheep On The Somme - what a price! I don't usually post book related posts twice in a day, but Amazon … Continue reading Sheep On The Somme – huge discount on Amazon

there is no crowd (within a fog)

Who are those hooded hordes swarmingOver endless plains ~ paths open there is nocrashing no jostling the onethat is dazedprogresses crowds partas thoughhe is a presence . . . hasa presence heis unaware unseeing steppingthrough palloras insubstantialas mist in truththis could beanother land a differentplace for what is occupiedis a roomin his mind a retreatfrom … Continue reading there is no crowd (within a fog)

sing (for once we were)

What is that sound high in the airMurmur of maternal lamentation ~ oooo-weee-ooo-ooo oooo-weee-ooo-ooo let us sing raiseour voices high let us singa songof sweetsad sorrow for the loss –the physical loss –is real and the emptinessis allaround let us singforin our mindswe arestilloneand one in our mindsthe harpoonandsalt water oooooooo-weee-ooo-ooo oceandeep oooo-weee-ooo-ooo waterwide oooo … Continue reading sing (for once we were)

the wave (the one wave)

When I count, there are only you and I together ~ it is saidamongst marinersthatout on the seathere is a wave one wave that is the incarnationof your nameand spirit a wave that holdsyour destiny if you see ityou are . . . doomed destined required you mustbewhat the wave declaresyou to be the marinershold … Continue reading the wave (the one wave)

ponders the mariner (but still the sun burns)

If there were waterAnd no rockIf there were rockAnd also waterAnd waterA springA pool among the rockIf there were the sound of water onlyNot the cicadaAnd dry grass singingBut sound of water over a rockWhere the hermit-thrush sings in the pine treesDrip drop drip drop drop drop dropBut there is no water ~ what if … Continue reading ponders the mariner (but still the sun burns)

A Lake Sambell Walk – digital pre-order complete

I bit the bullet today and finalised listing details for A Lake Sambell Walk. It will be released on December 1st in all the online digital stores, including Amazon/Kindle. I still want to take a peek at the paper copy before I finalise release, but that will be soon, I think. I'm pricing the digital … Continue reading A Lake Sambell Walk – digital pre-order complete

square dance grandma (like you did with chairman mao)

There is not even silence in the mountainsBut dry sterile thunder without rain ~ they have silencedthe grandmothers thisis no small thing these old womenhave been throughrevolution they have been through . . . everything andthey have bornetheir children earnttheir chops and so they take overthe parkland they takethe gardens they turnontheir music . . … Continue reading square dance grandma (like you did with chairman mao)