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Illuminations featured at Panacea Poets

A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.

In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.

QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.

It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.

So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!

Here is my reading!

A Quiet Space

D’aguilar national park, Queensland – image by June Perkins
Inside the quiet space 
             time will bend
          branches over water
           tall grasses tumble
                   meanings for peace
                 walkers stumble stones
                      beyond deadlines
                       dreamers seek  
                         how solitude mends.
                              
(c) June Perkins

Mother’s day

Reflections on motherhood for anyone interested.

Following the Crow Song

The beginning of our move to the country

Mother’s day as your children enter their twenties creates nostalgia for early moments like this.

It leads to realising just how precious these moments were and how quickly they would pass.

Did I enjoy them enough at the time ? If I am honest mostly but not always. Why? It looks so picture perfect, but not everyday of being a mother is easy. There are so many things to think about such as being a great example, fostering resilience and strength, teaching virtues and raising children who contribute to society and are healthy as they can be in mind, body and soul.

Then the reality of their experiencing school yard bullying begins, dealing with schools and teachers about it, worrying about racism. Are they strong enough? Will they have enough strength? Worrying about engagement with learning with spiritual values. And much, much…

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Maths and Me

Reconnecting with mathematics. Will it make it into my poetry? Is it already there?

Visit the original link to find a video to Maths Inspiration!

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I am reconnecting with maths and brushing up my numeracy.

Why?

Compulsory lantite numeracy to be a teacher deems it so.

My attitude to maths was to just do what I need to do with it, with banking, checking my change and that’s it. More than that, well if you pushed me statistics for emphasising points in public talks.

Now to prepare for this test, it’s rediscovering patterns, shapes, sequences, algebra and more.

It’s about learning to ensure I read and interpret data, understand different graph types and what they reveal.

It’s building my maths muscle, through training in solving problems.

Three weeks ago I felt totally overwhelmed by this. Recalling maths from many years ago – was I going to be able to do it, to the point of taking an exam? Why had I neglected to remember the area of a triangle, the volume of a sphere?

The…

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Legacy

What will be the legacy of those we leave behind?

Will we ever know the impacts we have made?

Will we wonder from beyond?

Will we see clearly the trail of the heart of stars?

What will be the dreams we will fulfil that guided us through trials?

What will be the metaphor to stop us and make us think?

What will be the strands that link to make us deeply aware of all our parents did for us?

What will be the memories of my mother and mothering?

What will I continue and what will I transform?

What will be the meaning of the grass skirt wrapped in a blanket?

Will my daughter remember the dance my mother taught her that she never taught to me?

Will my sons ensure that their generation make two wings of the equality bird flap together?

Will they read poetry and love art for the rest of their days?

What will be the story they reform?

What will be the memories my children have of me?

(c) June Perkins

Daily journaling to explore topic of motherhood and legacy.

News

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Extract from Pen and Pixel, May 2022

Wow! I can’t quite believe this has happened.

It is going to be a busy next couple of years.

All the candidates were immensely talented, experiences, and any one of them would have made an excellent contribution (and still can), including the outgoing chair, and yet I am grateful for this opportunity, as a woman of colour, of faith, and mixed heritages, and of place – to take on this role and see what I can bring to the table and who else I can bring to the table with me.

When living in a regional area, QWC helped me locate a local writing group, later they sent workshops, poets and others to our area.

I pitched an article to Writing Queensland on Blogging Cyclones – which they accepted, and later articles of Poetry Advocacy through poetry in galleries, and most recently guest…

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Happy Earth Day and National Park Week!

The glorious pictures of Jane Lurie. You will gain much from following this photographer.

Jane Lurie Photography

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  

~Native American Proverb

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“Take nothing but pictures

Kill nothing but time

Leave nothing but footprints

To show you came by”

~ John Kay

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“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

~Annie Leibovitz

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Don’t miss the new Netflix series, Our Great National Parks. Phenomenal wildlife and nature footage.

Helpful links to learn more about the environment and conservation: 

Earth Day

The Nature Conservancy

National Park Service

World Wildlife…

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Fathomless

What is this fathomless and
           surging Ocean?
                 
Can you hear it 
          in the flooding rivers and creeks?
                 Brisbane is upturned.

Can you see it 
        in the tears of hiding children 
        in tunnels of Ukraine?
        
A child sings her nation and 
      everyone knows her name 
          for a moment.

Can you touch its life vein
         when tears are thickened
                from all that threatens life?

Surging trouble, deeper, harsher, 
          cutting into skin and bone
                removing every comfort of home 
                 every wall, door, window
                 streetscapes scarred.

Where is this feeling 
       that just nearby are 
               loved ones ?
          
Sending them letter like prayers
            framed by the eternal postman
can I  wish 
              reach
                partake
                     take deep breaths ...
                          
 Pause 

                  behold ...
                       astonishment
Feel
bounty rush closer
                glorious...

(c) June Perkins words and image, inspired by the quotation.

Years Old: Hyphen or No Hyphen?

Hyphens!

Grammar Party

Cake with a number three candle This cake celebrates someone who is three years old. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

This post teaches when to hyphenate the phrases years old and year old.

Let’s take a look at two sentences:

His son is four years old.
He has a four year old boy.

In the first sentence, you would not use hyphens. In the second sentence, you would, making it four-year-old boy. This is because the phrase four year old is modifying the noun boy.

A good clue to determine whether you should hyphenate the year old phrase is to see if a noun comes after it. If there is a noun, hyphenate:

six-year-old toy
fifty-year-old whiskey
eight-year-old cat

If the sentence is simply stating that someone or something is so many years old, then don’t use a hyphen:

Her dad turned sixty years old today.
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Light’s Leviathan

Lucia Tyson ©

Lights Leviathan

“In every age and cycle He hath, through the splendorous light shed by the Manifestations of His wondrous Essence, recreated all things, so that whatsoever reflecteth in the heavens and on the earth the signs of His glory may not be deprived of the outpourings of His mercy, nor despair of the showers of His favors. How all-encompassing are the wonders of His boundless grace!”

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

Outpourings in darkness
                       soul frames longing
                         lost, lassoing,
                            looking 
                                twisting twirling
                                      torrential
                                               light.

Thoughts into action
                  flight away from fancy
                   focus 
                    flowing
                     freedom 
                        singing rungs to
                                         heaven.

Ripple rising 
        through the water
                 torch like
                  from torment, 
                      terrifying,
                         transforming into
                           tenacious
                                  hope's
                                     leviathan.


(c) Poem by June Perkins


Poem inspired by photograph and Gleaning from Nineteen Months

2022 Conference – Call for Presentations

Conference Call!

Australian Fairy Tale Society

AUSTRALIAN FAIRY TALES: FLESH OR FOSSIL?

October 1-2, 2022 at Brisbane’s South Bank precinct

The Australian Fairy Tale Society investigates and creates fairy tales from an Australian perspective. Local Fairy Tale Rings gather in person and via Zoom to explore specific fairy tales. We have mined rich themes at previous conferences, and celebrate members’ talents through our eZine and a new anthology, ‘South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century’.

Invitation

As always our focus is on the Australian interpretation of fairy tales, particularly contemporary multicultural, diverse Australia. As AFTS Conference-goers delight in diversity, we are looking for –

  • Talks of no more than 25 minutes, including Q&A
  • Case studies of projects, with a fairy tale basis
  • Performances of no more than 10 minutes, with an option for 5 minutes’ Q&A
  • Panel discussions of no more than 25 minutes, including Q&A
  • Stalls to sell your merchandise.

Feel…

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