Poetica Christi Press’s latest anthology Interludes – launched on 1st December 2018 – is now available.

“Poetica Christi Press has long been a champion of poetry that replenishes and deepens, and Interludes adds to this worthy lineage. Eloquent poems and photographs offer possibilities for recollection and solace, sometimes euphoria in the midst of crowded, busy lives. Natural worlds and rhythms, other humans, animals and birds, all add their cadences to this beautifully orchestrated anthology.





True North – Rosalyn Black



A walk with ghosts – Joan Ray



(poems listed in alphabetical order)


After the funeral – Valerie Volk

Between homes – Kerry Harte

Birth in a peace zone – Kerry Harte

Bonding – Joan Ray

Camino Primitivo – Christopher Ringrose

Celestial conjunction – Gwendolyn Doumit

Cloud formations – Cathy Altmann

Convalescence − Tru S Dowling`

Dune shadows – Mary Jones

Gumnut garden – Ellen Shelley

Inter-lude – Valerie Volk

Into freedom – Colleen Maranda

Melbourne September 2017 – Wendy Fleming

Moving on – Tru S Dowling

Numero uno – Melinda Kallasmae

Sanctuary – Veronica Lake

Seeing is believing – Ruth Richmond

Thirty Seconds with Vanessa Kershawi – Christopher Ringrose

Thynia – Cathy Altmann

Trans – Avril Bradley

Waiting – Rosalyn Black

Women like us – Cathy Altmann

Your song – Gavin Austin


Judging the Judge
Some years ago, I was invited to join with a group of two other judges to award the national poetry book award for a collection of poems to be announced at Writers’ Week in South Australia – with a very rich prize. There were about thirty books of poetry entered. I can’t recall any of the collections not being eligible for the shortlisting of six by all three judges. We met many times, argued, agreed, and finally went away to shortlist initially and then later to come up with an overall winner. There were no second prizes. The three shortlists were not identical. The three books chosen ultimately for the first prize were all different – although those same three books appeared in each shortlist.
I remember well that last meeting when we all agreed that all three collections were not only made up of excellent well-made poems but superb anthologies of those same poems. What we argued about until well after midnight was quite simply the emotional element. In other words how these poems touched our hearts and minds. One of the collections followed the theme of birth, another the natural world and the third a collection of contemporary prayers or meditations.
Harold Bloom the eminent American literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University has commented in one of his many books ‘We read poems to find ourselves’. Any individual sitting on (invited) judgement on others poems must firstly determine that they are all well made and whether traditional or modern do not falter when it comes to the integral elements of poetry. For example, the poems should not contain prolix, sentimentality, mixed or ludicrous metaphors, etc.).
The poems chosen here are all well-made and some are superb. The winner and runner up were the latter but in addition, had a profound emotional impact on me.
Jeff Guess
June 2018