Category Archives: Poetry

Book Review: Sharon Olds’ Balladz (poetry)

Balladz by Sharon Olds My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think I must have discovered Sharon Olds’ book The Gold Cell in my late teens or early twenties, and then worked my way backwards as well as reading her … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard Siken’s Crush (Poetry)

Crush by Richard Siken My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read many poetry collections in my time, and I found this quite a unique experience. I’m not one to watch a horror movie, say, to feel scared. And while … Continue reading

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Books I’ve Read: 2010 and before

I first kept this list on my webpage, but then figured that it would be easier to edit (and access) on my blog. So, I started this list on 7 July 2008 (my 39th birthday), and try to keep it … Continue reading

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Guest Poet: Josh Stenberg

Josh Stenberg is an Asia-based Canadian writer and translator. His writing has been published in the Asia Literary Review, Kartika Review, and Vancouver Review. He has also¬† translated two volumes of Chinese short fiction. the swan the swan is blackening … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul Kane’s Work Life: New Poems

Work Life: New Poems by Paul Kane My rating: 4 of 5 stars Poetry is mostly undercover these days, so I think it’s interesting how you stumble across a book. I happened to be at a reading in Glebe in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Best American Poetry 2010

I’ve always enjoyed the Best American Poetry series – I’m pretty sure my friend, journalist John Reed, turned me onto them when I lived in Brussels in the mid-90s. Since then, I’ve inconsistently picked them up, but when I have, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Automaton Biographies

I’ve just finished reading Larissa Lai’s first full-length poetry collection, Automaton Biographies. I’ve worked with Larissa before, some of her wonderful poems were included in “Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry”, and I’ve read her amazing novel, “When Fox … Continue reading

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Adelaide Feast Festival 2010

I was honoured to be invited to the Adelaide Feast Festival as one of the only out of state authors. I flew in for the weekend of 27-28 November to take part in their WordFeast Day as a panel of … Continue reading

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Old Poems

(26 Oct 08) Today I tackled a folder of old poems on my computer. They were written on old PCs, and are now barely readable by my year-old Mac – being the organised-sort that I am (i.e. so organised that … Continue reading

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Choices – BPF News or Apartment renovations?

Ah, so many choices. I have a slight urge to post more photos of my ongoing apartment problems/renovations – but I think that can hold off. With some luck, the place is going to look amazing in a few weeks. … Continue reading

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