Monday, March 26, 2012

Another weekend...

Another wedding. Hope you had a great one!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Today is...

UNESCO World Poetry Day!

From the UN website
Poetry contributes to creative diversity, by questioning anew our use of words and things, our modes of perception and understanding of the world. Through its associations, its metaphors and its own grammar, poetic language is thus conceivably another facet of the dialogue among cultures. Diversity in dialogue, free flow of ideas by word, creativity and innovation. World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities. 
So here is a poem for World Poetry Day about poetry.

My Heart
by Frank O'Hara

      I don't prefer one "strain" to another.
      I'd have the immediacy of a bad movie,
      not just a sleeper, but also the big,
      overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
      at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
      some aficionado of my mess says "That's
      not like Frank!", all to the good! I
      don't wear brown and grey suits all the time,
      do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
      often. I want my feet to be bare,
      I want my face to be shaven, and my heart--
      you can't plan on the heart, but
      the better part of it, my poetry, is open.

                                                                                                                     Poem from here.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    I want to travel...

    Dylan and I are saving up for a European adventure (which may have to be put on hold until I finish my thesis), but in the mean time just looking at these leather travel goods from Corban and Blair make me want to pack my suitcase (actually the Henri Cartier Bresson exhibition at QAG had the same effect on me). But damn their marketing people for emailing me images of delightful travel inspired products, now I am day dreaming about flying into Turkey and meandering across Europe to London...

    NB. This isn't a sponsored post, I just got an email today from Corban and Blair and I liked their products. 

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Goodbye Weekend...

    Photo by Jakeson Adriaans

    Dylan and I at the wedding. What a night! It has taken me most of Sunday to recover and we have another wedding this coming weekend. I will be back to working on the thesis tomorrow, but it was a great weekend spent catching up with family. 

    Some photobooth photographs from the wedding. 

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    Book shelf lust...

    all images via book shelf porn

    Some pretties for the weekend... now I think I need a ladder...

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    End of week...

    Image via book shelf porn

    It has been a busy week, one that has seen me at the Fryer library almost everyday and I will be back there again next week. I have been working on my appendix of poetry magazines that the "new Australian poets" published in from 1968-1978 for my thesis (see Poetry magazines 1968-79 tab/page above), as well as my post-confirmation prospectus document (see PhD thesis tab/page above for an updated thesis statement). I am also researching and writing interview questions for the two last interviews I will be conducting, as well as writing an abstract for a conference later in the year and mapping an outline for my next chapter and making a PowerPoint for a guest lecture I will be giving next month. Meanwhile, I am still reading Sons of Clovis and All Poets Welcome, as well as interviews with a number of poets by Erica Travers (nee Bell).

    However, I have the weekend off to go to a family wedding at the Gold Coast, have a great weekend!

    In case you haven't seen it...

    Here is the official On the Road movie trailer released in time for Kerouac's 90th birthday.

    Monday, March 5, 2012


    I am still reading Sons of Clovis and All Poets Welcome, but around the net there is also an interesting article on the Australian Book Review book on reviewing, "What literary editors seeks in new reviewers" and there is Martin Duwell's latest review over at Australian Poetry Review on David McCooey's Outside.

    I am busy rewriting parts of my prospectus for Wednesday (chapter outlines, timetable etc.), so not much time for reading at the moment, but I am really enjoying All Poets Welcome.

    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Will Oldham at Matisse Up Late at GOMA in the drawing room...

    To coincide with the Matisse drawing exhibition that has been running at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) for the last few months there have been a series of "Up late" nights with clothed life models posing in the drawing room while live music plays. The drawing room is a space at the end of the exhibition where you can draw with pencil on paper, or a stylus on an ipad, and be inspired by sculptures and various still life compositions.

    Last night I went and saw Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy play. It is a unique evening when you are able to enjoyed a glass of red wine while drawing a model dressed as a ballerina and see an exhibition while listening to live music. Great concept, only sadly there was a total lack of space near the stage and also a lot of people, so we didn't actually get to see him much. If you look really carefully in photograph five (above) you can see a tiny dot left of center which is Will Oldham. Great night out though.

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    This week...

    Emerson Noni Lowry

    has seen us welcome into the world a new member of our little families; my twin sister Christina's little baby girl Emerson Noni Lowry. Congratulations to Christina and Dave!

    Emerson made her entrance Monday morning and she and Christina are doing well. Her middle name references yours truly and I feel very privileged that Emerson is in part named after me. Noni is a nickname that my first nephew Kaleb bestowed on me when he was little and couldn't say Fiona, needless to say it has stuck and over the years I have become Noni to all of my nieces and nephews (and also to some of my grown up friends).

    My PhD and books got put aside this week as I stayed at Christina's house with her three year old boy Cohen while her husband stayed with her at the hospital. We had a wonderful few days of colouring in, shopping for the baby, going to play group and visiting the hospital. Cohen adores his new little sister and has been loving all the visitors coming to see the baby. My only regret is that Emerson's maternal grandparents have chosen to absent themselves from our lives since my wedding in September and have missed out on this wonderful time.