Posts Tagged ‘poets’


ACT 1:  This poem “Desertification”  1st appeared in the 2007 anthology  of Fellowship of Australian Writers WA  “Lines in the Sand”, on page 28.

ACT 2:  Also that year, I was flattered to be asked to read it at the launch of John Kinsella‘s “Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful” published in 2008 by Fremantle Press,  together with Dennis Haskell and Glen Phillips, in the University of WA bookshop.    There was a video taken that night but I can’t get it to upload here…

ACT 3:   This poem inspired a young poet Marlia Douglas to write her own poem with the same title.   I found all this out when Marlia turned up at one of my Poets Corner events.

She just happened to be in the State Library when it was on, and poked her head in to listen.  As host I was constantly looking out for new poets and convinced her to read in the Open Mic section.

Marlia said her poem had been inspired by Frances Macaulay Forde’s poem of the same name and didn’t even realize I had just introduced her to the audience.   They were mostly regulars and applauded loudly when they heard her comment knowing she didn’t know who I was.

Her version of the poem later appeared in INDIGO JOURNAL Vol3  (2010) which also included another of my poems “My Life as a Sari”

ACT 4:   This is a recording of the poem I did a few years ago.




before cultivation the water flowed

bouncing on leaves falling falling

to pool on fertile forest floor below


before cultivation the water flowed

flora bursting with life and clean air

jostling for sunspace canopy flirting


before cultivation the water flowed

we didn’t listen as we ploughed

clearing tree roots to feed fields


before cultivation the water flowed

now encrusted salt lusts after land

no sweetness here just bitter dry sand


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2007


#FrancesMacaulayForde  #Desertification  #Poems  #Environment  #Australia  #John Kinsella  #Glen Phillips  #Dennis Haskell  #poets

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What fun I had fasciliating Poets Corner, a monthly poetry reading held in Pages Cafe on the ground floor of our State Library in the Perth Cultural Centre across from the main City train station.

The readings happened on the 3rd Saturday of every month between June 2005 and October 2008 and incorporated serving as one of three organisers for the inaugural, very successful WA Spring Poetry Festival where more than 80 poems participated at Poets Corner.

To celebrate those poets and their words, I published a chapbook of my favourite poems from over 60 poets in 2006.

Eventually I’d like to include clips of readings into this blog, so watch this space.

Book PC: Pages Cafe '05 Antholody

Pages Cafe ’05

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