Archive for August, 2011

28
Aug
11

Ipswich Poetry Feast promo

Last week I was pleased to be part of a promotion for the upcoming Ipswich Poetry Feast, taking some time out to visit the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park at Walloon, where there is both a monument to Lawson and a cast bronze, cermaic and glass mosaic sculpture which immortalises the Lawson poem ‘The babies of Walloon’.
You can read the media release on the Queensland Times website:
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/ipswich/ipswich-poetry-feast-attracts-record-number-of-entrants-inclucing-from-the-united-states-new-zealand-and-india/story-fn8m0yo2-1226123002121

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26
Aug
11

‘The lost art of penning you a love note’ is named a runner-up at the 2011 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

I am both thrilled and honoured to be named as a runner-up in this prestigious competition, named after the great Queensland poet Thomas Shapcott. The announcement was made last night as part of opening night festivities for he 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival. I was delighted to meet two of the judges, Felicity Plunkett and Justin Clemens who had some lovely things to say about my collection, and some wonderful advice. I am now seeking a publisher for the collection so I can eventually get it out there for everyone to read. Thank you to all my friends and supporters for helping to keep me motivated.

21
Aug
11

Ballarat

Ballarat

We’d driven for three hours, to find the town deep etched in rain
wipers ticking like a metronome as we sat idling, keeping time
for stretched silences as cold became a private metaphor for two
and when word breath cracked the new air to brittle, a whole moment
collapsed, like the way dripping hair reminded us of warmer skin and
the times when we sought each other out, like cold hands and an
open fireplace, so when you brought me lemon meringue pie and a
new space to love, blame slipped away like sibilance, slow under the door

© Vanessa Page 2011




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