Archive for March, 2010

31
Mar
10

Poems published at Scribbligum

My two poems “A Process” and “Red Centre” are now up at Scribbligum…
http://scribbligum.com/gumnuts.html

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31
Mar
10

Puddings

Maryanne Oliver’s beautiful piece that accompanied my poem. To check out more of her amazing art head to: http://maryanneoliver.carbonmade.com

For the results of the 2010 Tenterfield Brush with Verse comp head to: http://tenterfield.local-e.nsw.gov.au/community/16665/16880.html

30
Mar
10

Highly Commended at Tenterfield Brush with Verse

I’ve just found out my poem ‘Puddings’ has won Highly Commended at the 2010 Brush with Verse run by the Tenterfield Shire Council. This competition requires poets to partner with artists to submit a poem and artwork, with the artwork based on the theme of the poem. I was lucky enough to have Maryanne Oliver, illustrator and artist extraordinaire create a gorgeous piece to accompany the poem. The poem itself is written in homage to my grandmother, who was famous for her Christmas puddings. Here it is:

Puddings
Deep in summer it’s always the same. Bougainvillea tumbling
armfuls of blooms over the fence, citrus haze pressed flat by heat

and from her kitchen, the view is memorial. In thin cotton she’s a
jumble over the hob’s wooden belly, salt and pepper crowned

coursing labours, born, boiled and swaddled into puddings, knotted
with string, and swinging from nails hammered there in 1962

long before tongue and groove became the only witnesses.

Like a row of bottoms waiting to be smacked, they hang. Studded
through with threepences and love and tradition and regret,

and with hands as dry as bone she unfolds another calico length,
endures the weight, and the heavy snip of the shears as it begins

again, freighting brown papered puddings to copperplate addresses
and preparing for the emptiness to return to sender.

Vanessa Page
Mitchelton, QLD

17
Mar
10

two little wins

I was thrilled today to hear that two of my little poems “A Process” and “Red Centre” were Highly Commended and Commended prize winners in the 2010 Gumnuts competition. The poems will be published soon – more info and the link to come. 🙂




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