Poem of the month (June/July)

What’s the Use 

Like every other day
he sits
people come and go
he sits
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



Poetica Christi Press 2015 Annual Poetry Competition

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTUREScloses August 31st, 2015

1st PRIZE $300
2nd prize $100

25 poems will be selected to be included in an anthology to be published by PCP

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.

Poem of the Month (May)

Tirhatuan Wetlands 3

Cathedral silver
held in air;
a breath of mist
above smooth
marshland floor.

Foliage bows
in waterfalls
of green
then greet
that surface
with their kiss.

Eyes seek out
each spiral s
that forms the stairs
where daylight take
its rest
from greatest height.

The birds there pause
as grassy reeds
outline passage
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’]

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Poetry in the Library – May 1st



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.

2015 Photo of Carole Poustie

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.

2015 Ann Elder Award

FAW awardsPoetica 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