The ecological is ever-present too. C is for ‘Climate Change’. L is for ‘Land Rights’. As far as I could tell the pastoral was done with, until I read this book. It’s beyond pastoral: it’s the politics of the land lived on for centuries, the poems the battle cries. But they are also expressions that have been aesthetically thought through. The voice threading among it is one of militant consciousness that uses words as weapons. They are ‘dirty’, but also wieldable.
Vagabond Double Launch (Melbourne)
5pm, Saturday 18 June, The Alderman (Brunswick East)
Come celebrate the Melbourne Vagabond Double Launch of The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau by Overland poetry editor Toby Fitch and O Sonata by Chris Edwards.
Overland events at the 2016 Emerging Writers’ Festival
Wednesday 15 June—Friday 24 June, Melbourne
Pushing the literary form, baring literary jealousy and pitching literary work. Featuring Overland editors Jacinda Woodhead, Stephanie Convery and Toby Fitch, and website producer Benjamin Laird.
The negative attitude toward those on benefits, persistently propagated by the media, works as a smokescreen to conceal the fact that welfare payments are simply too low.
All sorts of things can happen to you when you’re pregnant; there are stories of women losing hair, teeth, balance. For my part, I lost my words: I was hit with a comprehensive case of writer’s block.