Poetry Journal

Issues / Volume 5 Issue 2 , November 2015



Jordie Albiston’s latest titles are XIII Poems (Rabbit Poet Series, 2013) and The Weekly Poem: 52 exercises in closed & open forms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014). She lives in Melbourne.

Dael Allison edits and writes poetry and prose. Her poetry publications include Shock Aftershock and Wabi Sabi (Picaro Press, 2010 & 2013), and Fairweather’s Raft (Walleah Press, 2012).

Ivy Alvarez’s second poetry collection is Disturbance (Wales, UK: Seren Books, 2013). Her work is published in journals and anthologies in many countries and online, with individual poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.

Adrian Caesar is a Canberra writer. His latest book of poems is Dark Cupboards New Rooms (Shoestring Press, 2014); his novel The Blessing is forthcoming later this year from Arcadia.

John Carey is an ex-teacher of French and Latin and a former part-time actor. The latest of his four collections is One Lip Smacking (Picaro Press, 2013).

Ken Chau is a poet living in Melbourne. His poems have been published in Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, UK and USA. His collection Possible Lyrics for Chinese and Western Pop Songs (Bendigo Publishing, 2015) won the inaugural Vox Bendigo Fyffe Prize.

Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. She won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship in 2010 and was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. Her first book, Burning Rice, was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award 2012, the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013, and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2013. Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) is her second collection.

Charlotte Clutterbuck is an essayist and poet. She won the David Campbell Prize in 2009 and has published three collections of poems: Soundings (Five Islands Press, 1997), Ion (Piccolo Press, 2012) and Brink (Picaro, 2013). Individual poems have been published widely in Australian journals, newspapers, and anthologies.

Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose.

PS Cottier is a poet who lives in Canberra. Her latest publication is a pocket book called Paths Into Inner Canberra, published by Ginninderra Press (2015).

Julian Croft has been publishing poetry for over 50 years; his most recent collection is Ocean Island (John Leonard Press, 2006). He lives in northern NSW.

Jelena Dinic arrived in Australia in 1993. She writes in Serbian and English. In 2014 she received the Fellowship for Residency at the Varuna Writers Retreat in the Blue Mountains. She lives in Adelaide Hills with her family.

BR Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. His eighth poetry collection, Weranga, was published by Walleah Press in 2013. He lives in Riverhills, Brisbane.

Dan Disney currently teaches with the English Literature Program at Sogang University (Seoul). He is completing a book of villanelles and is co-editor, with Kit Kelen, of Writing to the Wire (forthcoming, UWAP).

Martin Dolan is a Canberra poet who moonlights as a public servant.

Joe Dolce, born USA, moved to Australia in 1979, becoming a citizen in 2004. His poetry appears in Best Australian Poems 2015, was shortlisted for both the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2014 and the Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize 2014. He won the Launceston Poetry Cup, at the 25th Tasmanian Poetry Festival.

Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau holds a PhD in Creative Writing from UNSW. Her critical and creative work has appeared in Overland, Southerly, Cordite, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, The Night Road (Hunter Writers Centre, 2009), Computer Music Journal and Poetry and the Trace. She is currently working on her first collection of print and electronic poems. Of her contribution in this issue of the Australian Poetry Journal, she writes, ‘The poem was strangely inspired in equal measure by the sensations I felt in a moment of time, and a short Marjorie Perloff article contrasting Tom Raworth and Philip Larkin, which I had been reading at the time’. Her interview with Julie Chevalier appeared in the previous issue of the Australian Poetry Journal.

Michael Easson is recently published in Poetica Magazine, The Chesterton Review, Eureka Street, and the anthology New Voices (Wellington Square Press, Sydney, 2014). He is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Jonathan Hadwen is a Brisbane poet. He has been published in Westerly, Stand, Mascara, Cordite, and other publications in Australia and abroad.

Lorraine Haig lives in Richmond, Tasmania. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals. Her first solo book of poetry, An Ocean of Sky, was published by Burringbah Books (Hobart, 2014).

Susan Hawthorne’s most recent book, Lupa and Lamb (Spinifex, 2014), was written while in Rome as the BR Whiting Library Resident. Her previous books include Limen (2013), Cow (2011, shortlisted for the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize), and Earth’s Breath (2009, shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize).

Ron Heard enjoys life in Brisbane amongst the heat, rain and roof possums. He edits The Mozzie, an independent poetry magazine that publishes over 400 poems per year. He has published one collection, river, she-oak and wind (Post Pressed, 2007), and a verse novel, The Shadow of Troy (Gininderra, 2011).

Gail Hennessy is a poet who has been published since 1976.

DJ Huppatz is a poet who lives in Melbourne.

Kevin Ireland was born in New Zealand. His 20th book of poems, Selected Poems, appeared in 2013, followed by a new collection, Feeding the birds, in 2014.

Daye Jeon is a freelance translator; most recently, her co-translations appear in World Literature Today. She holds a Masters degree in English Literature.

Jackson won the 2014 Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Award and came second in the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award. In 2013 Mulla Mulla Press published her second collection, lemon oil. Jackson is the founding editor of Uneven Floor poetry blogzine. Visit her at

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, producer and broadcaster. Her work has been published in Overland, Arc Poetry Magazine, Going Down Swinging, Peril Magazine, Scum Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review and elsewhere. She has a keen interest in long-form, collaborative performance works and is currently Artist in Residence at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane.

Anna Jacobson is a Brisbane poet, writer and artist currently in her final year of creative and professional writing at QUT. Her poetry has been published in literary journals including Cordite and Rabbit Poetry Journal.

Virginia Jealous is a writer based in Denmark, Western Australia. Her work includes travel journalism, essays and poetry. She is currently preoccupied with, and is writing about, the extraordinary poet Laurence Hope (Adela Florence (Violet) Nicolson), who died in Madras in 1904.

Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s latest book of poems, Scavenger’s Season was published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2014. His new collection, in Indonesian, Kidung Alum Terbuka, was published in Yogjakarta this year.

Andy Kissane’s fourth collection of poetry, Radiance (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. He has also published a book of short stories, The Swarm (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). He was the winner of the 2013 Fish International Poetry Prize.

Šime Knežević is a poet and playwright from Sydney. His poetry has been published in The Next Review and Going Down Swinging.

Shari Kocher’s poetry has been widely published in literary journals in Australia and internationally. Her first book, The Non-Sequitur of Snow, is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann.

Martin Kovan is a writer and research scholar in ethics at the University of Melbourne. His short fiction, prose-poetry, poetry, journalism, essays and academic non-fiction have been published in Australia in Overland, Cordite, Westerly, Tirra Lirra, Antithesis, Peril and Southerly.

Carolyn Leach-Paholski has published poems in a range of journals and anthologies. She has also written a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize short-listed novel, short stories and is a regular contributor to Slow Magazine.

Lesley Lebkowicz has published poetry and prose (fiction, reviews, translations) and won some awards for these. Her last book, The Petrov Poems, (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2014 ACT Book of the Year and won the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Award.

Julie Maclean is the author of When I Saw Jimi (Indigo Dreams, UK, 2013), Kiss of the Viking (Poetry Salzburg, 2014), and You Love You Leave (Kind of a Hurricane Press, USA, e-chapbook, 2014). Her work appears in Poetry (Chicago) and The Best Australian Poetry (UQP). Blogging:

Tessa McMahon, retired teacher and Braidwood poet, has been writing poetry for around twenty years, and has given many readings. She has been published in Eureka Street, Poetrix, Page Seventeen and the Canberra Anthology, The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm. Her first collection, Observations, is in preparation.

Caitlin Maling is a Western Australian poet whose first collection Conversations I've Never Had was published through Fremantle Press in 2015. A second collection Us Girls is forthcoming.

Tom Morton is a writer, radio producer and teacher. His audio fictions, co-produced with Stuart Brown as tomstu, have been broadcast on Radiotonic and Soundproof on ABC Radio National. A South Australian by upbringing and inclination, he lives in Sydney with his partner and two teenage sons.

Philip Neilsen’s fifth collection was Without an Alibi (Salt, 2008). He teaches poetry at QUT and the University of Queensland.

BN Oakman is a former academic economist whose poems have been widely published in Australia and overseas. His books include In Defence of Hawaiian Shirts (IP, 2010) and Second Thoughts (IP, 2014).

Geoff Page lives in Canberra. He has published twenty-one collections of poetry, two novels and five verse novels. Recent books include 1953 (UQP, 2013), Improving the News (Pitt Street Poetry 2013) and New Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013). He edited The Best Australian Poems 2014 and Best Australian Poems 2015 (Black Inc).

Vanessa Page is a Cashmere-based (Queensland) poet who has published two collections of poetry including Confessional Box (Walleah Press, 2013), the winner of the 2013 Anne Elder Award. China Bull, her collaborative non-fiction poetry work, will be published by Work + Tumble in 2015.

Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. She is the author of Vanishing Point (UQP, 2009), Seastrands (Vagabond, 2011) and the editor of Thirty Australian Poets, and Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press.

Ron Pretty’s eighth book of poetry, What the Afternoon Knows (Pitt Street Poetry) was published in 2013. A revised and updated version of his Creating Poetry was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2015. He spent six months in Rome in 2012, courtesy of the Australia Council.

Saxby Pridmore is an academic psychiatrist born, raised and aged in Tasmania, Married with two adult children and squabble of grandchildren. He has authored a handful of textbooks and over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

Vanessa Proctor writes free verse and has a special interest in haiku and related forms. Recently, she has acted as sabaki, leading haiku groups in renku, linked verse. Her poetry has been published internationally, and in 2010 one of her haiku was inscribed on the Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand. Her latest publication is the echapbook Jacaranda Baby (Snapshot Press, 2012).

Anna Ryan-Punch is a Melbourne writer and critic. Her published poetry includes work in Antipodes, the Age, Overland, Island, Southerly and Westerly.

Pam Schindler is a Brisbane poet, librarian and bushwalker. Her first book of poems, A sky you could fall into, was published in 2010 by Post Pressed. In 2013 she went to write for a month in a Scottish castle, as recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship.

Ian C Smith lives in the Gippsland Lakes region of Victoria. His work has appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Rabbit, Regime, the Weekend Australian, and Westerly. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy (Ginninderra, 2014).

Nicolette Stasko’s first collection, Abundance (Angus & Robertson, 1992), won the Anne Elder Award. Subsequent collections include Glass Cathedrals: New and Selected (Salt, 2006) and three chapbooks, most recently under rats (Vagabond 2012). Other work includes fiction (The Invention of Everyday Life, Black Pepper, 2007) and non-fiction (Oyster, HarperCollins, 2000). She is currently an Honorary Associate in the English Department at the University of Sydney.

John Stokes is published widely in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. He has won or been shortlisted for many major prizes and has represented Australia at international festivals. His latest book is Fire in the Afternoon (Halstead Press, 2014).

Lise Temple is a South Australian artist. Her landscape paintings respond to the colours and broad shapes of the South Australian Mid-North. Her work investigates the temporal nature of viewing landscape.

David Tribe, Sydney-born and Brisbane educated, has been writing poetry for 70 years. His volume Why Are We Here? was published in 1965 by Outposts (London). His poetry has been broadcast on BBC and ABC radio, published in newspapers and magazines across five continents and in anthologies in Australia and the UK.

Alison Wong lives in Geelong. Her novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, won the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Her poetry collection, Cup (Wellington, Steele Roberts, 2006) was shortlisted for Best First Book at the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

RD Wood writes for Cultural Weekly, edits for Peril and is on the faculty of The School of Life. He recently joined Cordite Poetry Review as Commissioning Editor. See his work at

Jena Woodhouse held a 2015 residency at Camac Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; other residencies include a Hawthornden Fellowship (2011). She has been a student and translator of Russian literature and has lived and worked for extended periods in Greece. Jena Woodhouse’s book publications include the poetry volumes Eros in Landscape (Jacaranda, 1989), Passenger on a Ferry (UQP, 1994), and the novel Farming Ghosts (Ginninderra, 2009).

Ungyung Yi’s translations of contemporary Korean poetry appear in World Literature Today. She is a Ph.D. candidate (English Literature) at Sogang University, South Korea.