The Verity La Forum

Alec Patric just published my thoughts on an interesting question, over at Verity La. Do have a read, as there are many great answers more articulate than mine!

And here’s the question

A New Archaeology?

When the novel first emerged it was considered trivial entertainment. The literary productions most honoured were to be found in verses and sometimes on stages. As those mediums waned in their traditional states, the art of song writing matured and attracted many of the talents driven by poetry. Cinema rose into a global phenomenon—becoming the major cultural agent for all Western cultures.

We are presently watching the book dwindle into the doddering ineffectuality of old age as print media prepares for retirement. A new medium is already emerging. It is often considered trivial entertainment, just as the novel was in its youth. Will an e-form emerge in the coming generation as the new literary standard? Is the blog already the key artefact for a new archaeology?

Enter Sol – Sam van Zweden

At Verity La a little while ago I came across this poem which I really liked – Alec and Nigel are putting together such a consistent collection of work.

Rather than lessen Sam’s poem with a description – here is a link!

Enter Sol

Submissions are always open – see here for details

Tiggy Johnson – First Taste

(Semi-recently) I was lucky enough to be involved with the publication of page seventeen editor Tiggy Johnson‘s first poetry collection, quite fittingly entitled ‘First Taste.’

It was fantastic to be involved with these poems, with a collection Graham Nunn says is ‘brimming with domestic luminosity‘ and I do agree. The poems in First Place reveal an unapologetic struggle with motherhood, a forthright engagement with the issues around parenthood and a powerful directness. Just check out ‘The Facts’ or ‘Shopping for Girls’ at Verity La.

In other instances the collection shows real tenderness in ‘Solitaire‘ and in ‘Concluding,’ or takes a sly look at the past.  There’s much more to enjoy, right down to a brilliant cover design by Jenny Chapman.

If you’re around Brisbane this Sunday, visit her at the Speedpoets gig:

SpeedPoets, Sunday September 5, 2:00pm – 5:30pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End

featuring:

Tiggy Johnson, Randall Stephens & Andy White

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2010 SpeedPoets Open Mic Competition

Entry is a gold coin donation

Interview & Poem at ‘Verity La’ – 200 Poems

I’ve been crushed somewhat by the weight of regular, non-writing things of late.

But after getting 3 pieces of great news/anthologies (see post below) I wanted to share a fourth.

‘stamped flat stamped’ is my 200th poem accepted for publication (and 188th in ‘print’ as of writing this) so I’m feeling very happy! HUGE thank you Alec & Nigel at Verity La – thrilled that ‘stamped flat stamped’ is up, and just as great to see, is a short interview too – and what a treat it was to be asked smart, insightful questions!

Interview

stamped flat stamped

While you’re there, check out a wealth of other brilliant work from a growing list : Mark William Jackson, Luke May, Pierz Newton-John, Bel Woods, Shane Jesse Christmass, Kirk Marshall, Rjurik Davidson, Ryan O’Neill, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Andy Jackson & Alec Patric

Verity La – Submissions Open

Here’s an exciting new opportunity – get over and have a read. I like what Nigel & Alec have come up with in their guidelines – in very short, they’re looking for work that is brave.

So be brave – have a look

And while you’re there, check out Alec’s poem ‘what we’ve done‘ it’s worth a visit