the notes pour me, boneless,
between the sheets
and I flick the light off,

sleep has become holy.
dreams stay just out of sight
and the slumber of the church bell
that has not been rung in years
is absolute.

brittle, teenage slang
floats through the night
and puts fear into the great,
conservative houses
who are most perfect at being still.

I set no alarm.

the white of hunting lights
from tennis courts
keeps part of the town awake
and the moon slinks away,
still unable to cough up
armstrong’s footprints

so I lie on my back, breathing
but not counting as each note
sinks me into the mattress
like a countersunk man.

Close-Up Editing & Assessment – Open for Business!

Hi everyone!

Very excited today to announce the opening of a manuscript assessment and editing service, Close-Up Editing & Assessment.

Brooke and I have been hard at work, quietly planning and preparing for this, and are at last ready to open – with the launch of the website, right here:

Close-Up-HeaderIt’s a simple site, which should be nice and easy to navigate, so have a look around and please pass it on/share this with anyone you feel might be interested in getting an assessment of their work done.

Close-Up will specialise in fiction and poetry assessments, but is open to other genres and forms.

Thanks for reading!

Ashley & Brooke

Ipswich Poetry Feast 2013 – Open Now!

Ipswich Poetry Feast 2013 – Open Now!

Submissions are open now!

This is a fantastic competition, one of the best poetry comps in Australian, hands down (and I’d still say that even if I hadn’t won a place in the past). With an amazing range of categories and prizes, including cash and mentoring, it’s well worth entering so go, go, go!

The $5 dollar entry fee is extremely reasonable for such a large prize pool too – so make sure you get your entries in before 5pm, Friday the 26th of July.

Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project

Things are so far beyond tough in Queensland (Australia) at the moment, with widespread devastation due to flooding. I wanted to alert your attention to something Queensland poet Graham Nunn is doing at his site, the Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project.

Basically, Graham is donating his book sales and and matching each sale with a personal donation. It’s one of the best collections of Australian poetry around too, so have a look at the link above and see if you can help.