A few years ago, I collaborated with Rachael Wenona Guy on a puppetry-poetry performance called “Ambiguous Mirrors”, which explored genetics, family resemblances and secrets, and loss. This new show – featuring also Leonie Van Eyk and Rose Turtle Ertler – includes “Ambiguous Mirrors”, plus two more, “Secessionist” and “Unfinished”. It explores bodily difference from the inside, and from your perspective, through stop-motion animation, puppetry, film, photography, live performance and sound.
And the premiere is at the Castlemaine State Festival on March 18 and 19 (2017)!
Speaking personally, it’s been exhilarating to see my poems amplified and concentrated in such a visceral way by these talented collaborators. So I’d love to see you there. Tickets (of course) are selling fast. If you you want to enquire about the possibility of booking the show for a festival or event, just let me know.
A preview of the show is here at Vimeo.
In 2013, I travelled to Ireland to perform “Ambiguous Mirrors“. Very soon, on Sunday 17th May at 5pm, at Thousand Pound Bend, I’ll be performing this piece to a Melbourne audience. This short performance is very personal to me. It meditates on grief, family and genetic inheritance. And the puppetry adds another, profound layer – evoking deep emotion and a sense of the uncanny.
The night also features four other puppetry-poetry collaborations – Lia Incognita with Beth McMahon & Michael Bevitt; Barry Dickins with Rod Primrose; Jennifer Harrison with Victoria Osborne; and Terry Jaensch with Eliza-Jane Gilchrist. This should be very special. If you can make it, please join us – details on the flyer above. Bookings essential and available here.
I also have a number of poetry readings in May, so please check the Readings & Performances tab for more info.
I think we all suspect that intercontinental flight is unnatural. After arriving back from Ireland, I was jetlagged, both physically and existentially. Here’s a reflection I wrote on that, as a contribution to a fantastic philosophical-poetic-embodied blog called tract-trace.
As some kind of companion to that, here’s a few photos from Ireland. We’re incredibly grateful to Arts Victoria and to all our supporters through Pozible for helping us to get there, and to Dr Robyn Rowland AO for organising the tour and for her deep hospitality. “Ambiguous Mirrors” was performed in Galway, Cork and Clifden to an audience that was sensitive, generous and thoughtful. We look forward to its ongoing reincarnations.
What do those four words have in common? In the best blogging tradition – me.
October’s been a huge month. I’ve been adjusting to a new job, ten hours a week (2.5 hrs x 4 days) at a medical library. Plus, planning and preparing for the tour of the Australian Poetry Omnibus Mobile Library – which included a trip up the Maldon Folk Festival (a fantastic, vibrant, daggy, rain-enduring festival). And I’ve also been preparing my application for Masters of Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Melbourne. If the door’s open (and if there’s a pile of scholarship money awaiting), I’ll be researching and writing about how unusual/abnormal bodies make themselves known through contemporary poetry. Any thoughts on this topic would be hugely appreciated – from any angle – theoretical, poetic, personal, political, etc…
This week – I’m performing at La Mama Theatre in Carlton – that wonderful, iconic, intimate theatre venue. They do a series of short seasons for experimental works-in-progress called “Explorations“. I’m performing an adaptation of my poem “9/10/1973 M3”, called “Ambiguous Mirrors” – it’s a puppetry and poetry collaboration with Rachael Wenona Guy. Details below. An edited clip of an earlier version is here on You Tube.
- Ambiguous Mirrors (in a double with Home Stretch, by Tom Davies)
- @ La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St Carlton
- Thursday 11th, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th @ 7.30pm
- Bookings on-line or on 03 9347 6142.
Also, now that my book “Among the Regulars” has been out for a while… how does anyone get reviewed? Is this because reviews are rarely published? Is it because people write more than they read? Do we just not have much of a reviewing culture?