Karen May’s poetry has been published by Bluepepper, Cicerone Journal and Poetry d’Amour 2020 Anthology, WA Poets Inc. She is a climate and ecological activist, animal helper and artist, and lives in Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country.
What’s Left by Steve Armstrong, Fllying Island Press 2020 was launched by Dimitra Harvey at The Shop Gallery in Glebe on 21 February 2021
Steve Armstrong reading from What’s Left
In a way, the title of the collection is a question of loss, as much as it’s concerned with what remains. We live at a strange juncture in the history of our species — an era characterised by loss, and loss of our own making. More than at any other time, the dominant nations of the planet live in ways which are absurdly disconnected from the wider, more-than-human world.
In every poetry collection, there is one aspect, one overwhelming impression, that we are left with which later comes to define it for us. In Frank’s Wide River, it is the poet’s quiet insistence on reawakening us to the essential wonder of our world that stays with us.
Rochford Street Review was saddened to learn of the recent death of Loretta Hemensley. Loretta along with husband Kris were central to the literary scene in Melbourne, and indeed around Australia and beyond, for decades through their involvement in Collected Works Bookshop.
Bone Ink by Rico Craig, first Published 2017 by Guillotine Press, republished by UWAP 2019
Rico Craig teaches us through his writings. The opening poem ‘Angelo’ of the 2017 Anne Elder Award winner Bone Ink exposes the underbelly of Craig’s stomping ground in Western Sydney.
An Embroidery of Old Maps and New by Angela Costi, Spinifex Press 2021, was virtually launched by berni m janssen on Wednesday 7 April 2021