to be launched by Marlene Marburg on Saturday July 25th
Books available at 1 pm. Official launch at 1.30 pm followed by afternoon tea
A number of poets will have the opportunity to read their work
at the Lutheran Hall, 711 Station St, Box Hill
What’s the Use
Like every other day
people come and go
staring into space
no face, no action
prompts the least response
he’s heard nor said a word
in all of two long years
Boz walks into the room
he smiles and comments
©2015 Joan Ray
This poem will be found in Joan Ray’s upcoming book to be launched shortly, proceeds of which will be passed on to Lort Smith and Guide Dogs Victoria in honour of their contribution to Pet Therapy
The theme for this competition will be
This topic lends itself to poems about imagination, fantasy, illusion, dreams, legend, the future, creativity, exuberance, whimsy, fancy, reverie, utopia, idealism, playfulness, hope, wonder, imagery, empathy and social justice.
For entry forms click here.
Date and Time: Sunday 31st May, 2:30 PM.
Tirhatuan Wetlands 3
held in air;
a breath of mist
with their kiss.
Eyes seek out
each spiral step
that forms the stairs
where daylight takes
from greatest height.
The birds there pause
as grassy reeds
for mind’s traverse
by water’s edge
on silent paths
to heart of peace.
@ Greg Burns, 2013 [ As published in ‘A Lightness of Being’]
WORDSMITHS OF MELBOURNE INVITE YOU TO
THEIR NEXT BOX HILL LIBRARY READING at
1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
FRIDAY 1’st MAY 2015 6.30-7.30pm
featuring Steven Smithyman & Carol Poustie
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL CONTACT the Box Hill Library on: 9896 4300
or book online at www.eventbrite.com.au/org There will be limited open reading.
The flyer for the event can be found here.
Stephen Smithyman is the son of two New Zealand poets, Kendrick Smithyman and Mary Stanley. He is married to the actress, Joy Dunstan, and they have two grown up children, Mia and Pablo. They live in West Preston. Stephen has taught secondary English and Drama for many years, mostly at Melton Secondary College. He began writing comparatively late. He has won awards for both short story writing and poetry. His poems, in particular, have been published in a range of anthologies and magazines. He won the Cancer Council of Victoria award for Outstanding Poem in 2011 and the Poetica Christi Poetry Prize in 2013.
Carole Poustie’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including Swamp, Poetrix, Divan, Writer and Verandah. She convenes the spoken word event ‘Stopping all Stations’ in the eastern suburbs and is a past winner of the Page Seventeen Poetry Competition. Carole reviews for Magpies, has published a children’s novel, Dog Gone, just finished its sequel, and is working on a picture book. She has recently completed her Masters in Writing and Literature and teaches creative writing in several community houses. She works part-time in a listening role for the WellSpring Centre.
Poetica Christi Press is delighted to congratulate one of our authors, Cathy Altmann, whose book Circumnavigation won the 2015 Anne Elder Award for the best first book of poetry published in Australia at the recent Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary awards. The book is available here