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Turning: John Kinsella’s poetic take on those seeking asylum

Award-winning poet John Kinsella offers a unique take on the asylum seeker situation befuddling politicians and the public. Crikey publishes his new poem Turning.

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Tips and rumours

Albo and McGowan party on in Melbourne (separately) … it’s pens at 30 paces in Brisbane … guess who’s coming to dinner …

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Crikey Blogs | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Vale Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

WH Chong examines the great poet’s work in the wake of his death earlier in the month.

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Manic behaviour in the financial world

Western economies displayed the same kind of manic behaviour as psychologically disturbed individuals in the run up to the 2008 credit crisis — and it could happen again

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Geoff Lemon: Gina, your poetic licence is revoked

As the editor of a long-running poetry journal, I thank Gina Rinehart for putting the noble art of verse in the media spotlight, writes Geoff Lemon, poet, author, satirist and editor of Going Down Swinging.

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Controversy aside, snaps to Australian poets

Australian poetry is suddenly the subject of considerable debate. While there’s controversy over a new poetry anthology by UNSW Press, there’s wider optimism over the health of poetry more generally.

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Slam poetry for a good cause

Hey you’re a cartoonist, why don’t YOU enter the Climate Change Poetry Slam?” And with those words, my career as a performance poet began.

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Salon | BOOKS|

The good bits of bad writing

The best way to improve your own writing? Read crap work, from lousy poetry to an embarrassing first novel. If the internet has given us anything, it’s unprecedented access to terrible writing.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

The scrawlings in David Foster Wallace’s library

The late David Foster Wallace used to annotate his books and the manner in which he did is just enchanting — makes you want to shimmy your hands and shuffle your feet, says W H Chong.

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NY Review of Books | LINKS|

The life of the Poet Laureate

Former United States Poet Laureate Charles Simic gives a fascinating insight into how he scored the job and what being the country’s official bard actually entails.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Evidently Deveny Town

A poem for Catherine Deveny. The fucking days are fucking long, it fucking gets you fucking down, evidently Deveny town…

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Carol Ann Duffy: A poem for the volcano

Britain’s poet laurate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to the volcano ash cloud over the United Kingdom. See, there’s a silver lining to everything.

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The Daily Mirror | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to David Beckham

Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, was apparently so saddened by news that footballer David Beckham has snapped his Achilles tendon, she has written an entire poem about it: Achilles (for David Beckham).

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The Guardian | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Stephen King writes poetry? For Playboy?!

Curiously, sci-fi/horror Author Stephen King has turned his hand to writing poetry. Even more curiously, his literary medium of choice to share his rhyme doggerel with the world? Playboy magazine. Read his effort, The Bone Church, here.

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Democracy in Queensland goes from bad to verse

It is 7.45pm in the Queensland parliament, debate continues on the Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament) Amendment Bill. Democracy is hard at work …

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McSweeneys | BOOKS|

QUIZ: YouTube comments or E.E. Cummings poetry?

LISN bud LISN” — can you tell the difference between words written by American poet E.E Cummings and comments posted on YouTube? Take McSweeney’s quick quiz.

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Rundle’s poem of the week

A nautical but nice poem by Crikey laureate Guy Rundle.

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The Smart Set | BOOKS|

Poem for the dying

Kristen Hoggatt, The Smart Set’s poet advice columnist, is asked by a dying woman for some poetic consolation. The response is surprising.

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The Guardian | ART & DESIGN|

Knit one stanza, pearl one stanza

More than 800 knitters are currently knitting and crocheting 12 inch individual letters to create the world’s first giant knitted poem. The selected poem is a secret, part of the centenary celebrations for the Poetry Society.

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On the awfulness of Clive James

Australian Literary Review have published another whopper Clive James poem. His poetry is “self-parodic” and “depressingly bad” , sighs Guy Rundle.

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William Shatner reads Sarah Palin’s farewell speech

Master thespian” William Shatner reads Sarah Palin’s resignation speech as it was truly intended to be performed: as a beat poem.

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In the teenage bedrooms of the mind

An ode to Jacko.

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Go Fug Yourself | FILM & TV|

Haiku for Mickey Rourke

Mickey, Mickey, no. Your lunacy can charm, yes. But you need a shirt. The Go Fug Girls counsel the sartorially unhinged actor.

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Haaretz | JOURNALISM|

Writers and poets take over Hareetz: the full edition

Last week, Israeli newspaper Hareetz gave their journos the day off, and let some of the country’s most prominent writers and poets cover the news for an entire day. Here is the whole day’s edition.

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The Jewish Daily Forward | BOOKS|

Authors and poets write the news

Haaretz has experimented with article writing, sending out poets to cover Israel’s news. For Book Week, all the reporters’ notebooks were handed over to poets and novelists, except for the sports section.

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