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Geoff Lemon: Gina, your poetic licence is revoked

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.

Controversy aside, snaps to Australian poets

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.

Slam poetry for a good cause

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.

The good bits of bad writing

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.

The scrawlings in David Foster Wallace’s library

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.

The life of the Poet Laureate

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.

Evidently Deveny Town

Evidently Deveny Town

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

Carol Ann Duffy: A poem for the volcano

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.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to David Beckham

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).

Stephen King writes poetry? For <em>Playboy</em>?!

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.