SUCCESS SMOKE AND
JOY BOATS: an interview with
David Stavanger

After winning the prestigious 2013 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize, poet David Stavanger has just launched his resulting collection, The Special, to an appreciative audience at the 2014 Queensland Poetry Festival. No stranger to live performance (as alter ego, Ghostboy, he has been instrumental in establishing the thriving Queensland slam-poetry scene and is a veteran […]

Lies To Live By

Vigil (John Clanchy)

There had been a moon earlier on. A scimitar moon, Pete Davis had once heard it called. A curved blade of white light on a bed of black velvet. Black velvet. Jesus. Now the only light came from the watch lamps which Manny and Forensics had laid out: a fat, yellow squadge of light that […]

An editorial-shaped box

COMINGS AND GOINGS AND CHALLENGES AND FUTURES AND NEW WORLDS AND THINGS

As they say, it’s always better to leave at the time of your choosing than be pushed, so, with that in mind, I’m here to report that Verity La-la-land is currently experiencing some changes. After four years at the helm, trying to keep my hand on the sometimes (oftentimes) slippery tiller, navigating some choppy seas […]

Heightened Talk

Thy poetry and thy pathos—
all so strange! (PS Cottier)

The found poem hates the way the egregious disruptions of fashion have shaped his hideous form; a misshapen picaresque, he lurches. He is angry as blackbirds in a pie croaking of their wonderful fortune to be mere ingredients, gimmicks, encased in another’s recipe. Found poem finds himself quite unsatisfactory. Gone all lovely fantasies, the shimmy […]

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