A Poetry Collection for Isolated Times

 

This collection of poetry is launching on facebook tomorrow!  I am delighted to be included in this work.  I have a collection  Illuminations launching in June and will share more details on that soon!

 

From the Red Room Company – website

What is a poet without an audience? What is a new book without hands to hold it up to the light? The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of live poetry events and writing festivals Australia wide, resulting in many poets and their publishers losing income and key opportunities to showcase new work, not to mention build readerships and celebrate the words beyond print.

To offer a little relief in response to this, Red Room Poetry and Oranges & Sardines Foundation have collaborated to create In Your Hands – a free digital collection featuring 80 poems by poets whose recent, current or forthcoming release has been directly affected by the current closure of live events. All poets are paid for their contribution to In Your Hands and the collection encourages audiences to buy copies of their books.

In Your Hands will be live-stream launched on Thursday 30 April, 6:30–8:00pm via Facebook.

Hosts David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu will be joined for readings by 12 special guest poets – Jill JonesAli WhitelockEllen van NeervanMichael FarrellFelicity PlunkettMark Tredinnick, Rebecca Jesson, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Alise Blayney, Thuy On, Prithvi Varatharajan, and short film by Joelistics.

There will also be book giveaways, mocktails and mixed metaphors galore.

We look forward to joining you in your living room for a poetry party to toast the poets, readers, bookstores, imprints, festivals and organisations that make our community shine despite this present darkness.

RSVP on Facebook

Chalking Cheerful

I am chalking cheerful
even though I’m not an artist
from my drive way to your drive way
from my pathway to your pathway
wherever you are

HOPE.

I am chalking unicorns and dragons
teddy bears
and love hearts.

I am thinking of the grandparents
missing their grandchildren
the people stuck in their homes
the people without homes
the playgrounds without children
the children who never had playgrounds.

And flying towards us is a dragon
in his talons a vaccine
And the teddy bears send a hug to the doctors and nurses
and the teachers and all those looking after us

Unicef says to draw the real life heroes of today
they are all around us.

I am chalking cheerful
Will you join me?

June Perkins