The Majura Café Poets have been meeting since 2009 under the leadership of Canberra poet Fiona McIlroy. Despite the limitations of COVID lockdowns and uncertainty, the group has continued to gather and enjoy collegial support for their writing over the last two years and has produced this excellent slim volume of selected works.
This collection of poetry is achingly beautiful and beautifully aching – traversing themes of domestic discord, the treatment of and expectations placed upon women in our society and other matters of social import.
Christina Lowry – Memento Vivere: Remember to Live Emma Crocker and Elspeth Rowell – Secure Escape James Farley and Lachlan Brown – Walking in Isolation From 5 February 2022, with hand building workshops on Saturday 26 February and Saturday 5th Mar 2022
The exhibitions explore changing definitions of collaborative practice, in the context COVID of social distancing and lockdowns.
This book presents two wings of Omar Musa’s arts practice, the written word and his wood cut artworks.
Omar is widely known and highly regarded as a performance poet. Spoken word is an entirely different medium from poetry that is written, then published, into some sort of permanency – something a tad disturbing to this poet.
Poems is an intimate and affecting collection of work by a poet with an assured mastery of the English word and phrase. Many of the poems speak of his love for his mother and for the Suffolk countryside of his boyhood, often felt to be one and the same.
There are constant echoes of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Dylan Thomas in Colin Campbell’s beautiful language, along with the lilt and fall of the Suffolk dialect he sometimes employs in his story telling. For this is what these poems are, the stories of his life and loves, from the sadness and shame of his unmarried mother to the cruelty of the cane-wielding school master.
I find poet Lizz Murphy’s latest volume the wear of my face to be a literary manifestation of the photographer’s capacity to quietly observe – everything from the banal to the exalted is the stuff of her poetry. She writes so beautifully it makes me ache.
Harry Laing’s poetry and Anne Ryan’s illustrations marry perfectly in this collection, exuding energy and a delight in the wonders of the everyday. Indeed, the poet’s intent is to ‘normalise’ poetry, to make it an easy, accessible vehicle for ideas, observations and feelings.
This superb collection of poetry is about childbearing. The editors speak in their introduction of ‘the ineffable mosaic of wonder, fatigue, love, elation, discomfort and tedium experienced during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.’ The works selected also speak of the diversity of experience around the whole notion of childbearing – birth, pain, blood, loneliness, heritage, abortion, IVF, infertility, still birth, rape. But also, joy.