Gone Editing

Gone editing my dear blog readers, and will be absent until the video edits are over.

Here are some highlights of the making of the videos to tell you all about the Magic Fish Dreaming project.

Keep sharing our page and letting people know about this very special book. So delighted to have reached over 1000 visits on the Magic Fish Dreaming blog.

A special thank you to Helene, David and my dear youngest son for their support in the filming of the footage for it.

You can find out more on the facebook page or blog.   Really now almost ready for lift off.  But until then, have a wonderful life.


Day Twelve, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project

Wow a poetry marathon! On you Robert.

O at the Edges


My poem “A Brief History of Babel” has now been posted among the Day Twelve offerings of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project (9 poets have agreed to write 30 poems apiece in 30 days, to raise funds for Tupelo Press, a non-profit literary publisher). Many thanks to Nadia Butler, who sponsored and inspired the poem.

A Brief History of Babel

Borders, windows.

Trudging up the steps, I am winded after six flights…

To see the rest of the poem, click here

Tomorrow’s poem is titled “When to Say Goodbye,” thanks to the generosity of Nori Rost.

I hope that the sponsored titles and my responses to them have been entertaining, but other sponsorship opportunities abound. For information on these and their corresponding incentives, click here.

“Name That Poem” sponsorships are still available for Saturday and beyond. Conjure up a title (be creative, be weird, be gentle, be poetic…

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Kickstarter Kick Off Soon!




Thanks to all of you who have been following the project on facebook, twitter, email, and here.

End of January 2016 we lift off.

Get ready, steady . . . to GO share on all your social media spaces, with all of your friends and neighbours, who would just love to have this book.

Hope you have been enjoying the journey.  Now we move to phase 2:  kickstarter lift off.

The Magic Fish Dreaming Team – June, Helene and Matilda & Designer to be announced

Copyright Notice: 

If you ever want a copy any of my photographs/poetry/writing anywhere in my social media to put on your wall or to view outside of this space, in classrooms anywhere, please let me know and I’ll give you an opportunity to purchase it. All funds raised go to supporting my creative work. This applies to all of my work.

To protect copyright I will be endeavoring to put less work out there, lower resolution etc. It may seem futile, but it is always good to attribute and respect any work you come across online. I will be working on some poetry/photographic works in the future. And to anyone who hasn’t done this in the past, amnesty, perhaps you didn’t realise this wasn’t a fair thing to do.

Why not pay me something now, or support Magic Fish Dreaming, then I can keep making more work. I love to share work and build an audience and all of that, but sometimes people without thinking just print and share perhaps not realising this is going beyond admiring on a wall.

Similarly please respect the work of all artists on this page.  I seek permission before reblogging any poets into this space.

The Surprise


I like to go through my day mindful of my surroundings
letting thoughts rush through me.




Noticing the shadows cast by the trees
and the gaps of green between them.
Noticing the bird, is it a pheasant

disappearing into the woods?
Thinking about what happened in Nagasaki all those years ago.





Noticing the delicacy of the spider’s web
draped across a leaf
announcing its artistry
announcing the delicacy of human relationships.

And then sometimes there are surprises like
a new chainsaw sculpture – this time an Emu with eggs.



Walking mindfully is full of disturbances,ruptures, and then rewards
leading me to think of poems and stories everywhere I go and be,
and dream the possibility of peace.
(c) June Perkins

Meet Matilda – The Editor of Magic Fish Dreaming

Latest on the Magic Fish Dreaming Blog

Magic Fish Dreaming

Canefield June has captured the heart and spirit of FNQ within the poetry which makes you want to run into a cane field, chase a butterfly or gaze at fig tree.” – Matilda Elliot (image by Matilda)

Matilda Elliot is a freelance Editor/Author who is now based in Cairns after taking several ‘gap years’ to choose where to settle.  She is a mother of adult children, an ex-teacher, a fiancée, a musician, a writer and has a particular passion for helping others reach their potential in their chosen pursuits.

Matilda’s editing experience ranges from academic papers to novels, short stories, poetry anthologies and varies greatly with each new client.  Her numerous short stories are published on ABC Open and ‘Tilly’s Travel’ reviews can be found on Trip Advisor.  

1.How did you come to work on Magic Fish Dreaming?

MATILIDA: After a number of years of staying in touch with Dr Perkins whilst travelling and…

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Mahvash Sabet transferred to hospital

the Book of Pain


Mahvash Sabet is a Bahá’í prisoner of conscience immorally incarcerated in her native Iran because of her religion. She is one of seven such unfortunates who are referred to as the Yaran or Bahá’í 7. As many of you know I have had the honor of posting several of her poems on this site:

At Such a Time You’ll Come

Bear This in Mind

Lights Out

(For more of her incredible poetry, click on the Other Writers menu option above, or better yet, purchase her book Prison Poems, available at Amazon in the USA and at George Ronald in Great Britain.)

It is with heavy heart that I report that she has been transferred to Intensive Care as reported in this blog,  for, among other things (I understand she has tuberculosis of the bone), a broken but untreated hip fracture.

Please say a prayer for…

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