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FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe in June: Jules Leigh Koch & gareth roi jones

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents two of Adelaide’s most beguiling poets: Jules Leigh Koch and gareth roi jones.

6:00 – 7:00 pm; Wednesday 29th June 2016, at The Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Jules Leigh Koch has published four collections of poetry and one chapbook, most recently Stripping Wallpaper from the Sky (Interactive Press, 2015), and has received two SA Literature Grants (2008; 2011). He is one of the poets in the public art works Signs of Life  (Bowen Street, Adelaide) and the Shop 6 Tram Art project (Glenelg tram line). He also has worked as a mentor with writers from the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust.

gareth roi jones is a member of the dandylion collective, a small writers’ group based in Adelaide, South Australia. His poems have been widely published, including in Best Australian Science Writing 2013, and have been short-listed for many prizesHis solo collection ‘Gunyah’ Healing was published in FSP New Poets 17. In 2014, he co-edited FSP Anthology 38 The Infinite Dirt.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

See the event page for maps and details.



How to obtain copies of Anthology #40

Front Cover of AnthologyThere are two ways  to obtain a copy of FSP Anthology #40, Many Eyes, Many Voices:

1.  Come along to any FSP meeting and buy one in person for $25 per copy.

2. If you cannot do that, you can order one via the form below. We do not have any on-line credit card or Paypal-style facilities, but we can handle Electronic Funds Transfer. The cost is $30 per copy including postage and packaging. We will reply with the necessary EFT details.

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Nova Prize 2016: “in the wake of e e cummings” by bruce greenhalgh

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The Nova Prize is awarded by the Anthology editors to the best poem by a poet who has not been previously published in an FSP anthology. This year’s winner is in the wake of e e cummings by bruce greenhalgh.

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what no punctuation he cried
without an exclamation mark
without quotation marks
hovering over his words

but words remain
and fall like rain
from grey verbose clouds
onto grey receptive roads
at first the worddrops make
distinct marks
then patterns
then spreading like gossip
they join together
and whole discussions tumble along gutters

and dive noisily
into the mouths of drains

while i’m…
i’m feeling lower case
splashing iambic feet through prolix puddles

as conversation forms on cooling windows
i peer into a distance obscured
by the mists of cliché
and feeling a non sequitur coming on
i take a line break
to consider the meteorology of enjambment
the syntax of clouds
full stop

Satura Prize 2016: “Courage” by Elaine Barker

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The Satura Prize is awarded to the best poem in the FSP Anthology according to an external judge. This year the judge was Richard Tipping and the Prize Winning poem is Courage by Elaine Barker. See more of Elaine’s work here and read Richard’s award commendation speech here. (pics: Martin Christmas and Ian Gibbins).

Courage by Elaine Barker

Like his mates he slept upright night after night.
The sheepskin jacket was not enough to warm him –
even his bones were racked.
The whale oil he rubbed into his feet
never enough to stop the rot.
A mild-mannered man, he was always last
over the top, then he’d charge like a barbarian
shouting obscenities as he ran,
all of them madmen shooting and stabbing
in the red fire, rolling smoke and the filthy mud.
Time and time again he’d have cut and run,
drawn to the peace of the French farm
with lilac draped over its gate,
yet fear wrenched him back and the disgrace
of being hunted down,
thrown into the trench again like a rat.
He’d laugh and joke with the men,
sing that song about Tipperary
and all the while fear stalked him
and as if to take his measure,
threatened to close over him like a pall.
At last, the war took him home again,
a shambling man who hated the word hero,
shamed by the ribbons and medal he was given.
Years later when he’d lost track of time
his children would ask what he could remember.
He gave them only his name and number.

Editors’ Blog #5

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Our 2016 Anthology Editors, Edie Eicas and David Harris, have a new blog post as they reflect on the definition of a poem.  You can read it here.

Join FSP for 2016!

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FSP Membership fees are now due for 2016!

$25/$15 for the year gives you eligibility for publication in the annual FSP Anthology, competitions, and other FSP activities. Most importantly, your fees are essential in keeping FSP running on only its own resources. For an additional $40/year, you can have a subscription for a full year of door-entry fees.

Follow this link for details and membership forms.

Gala Launch of Anthology #40 – Nova and Satura Prize winners

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The FSP June City Meeting was devoted to the launch of Friendly Street Poets Anthology 40 “Many Eyes, Many Voices” edited by Murray Alfredson and Margaret Clark and launched by FSP founding member, Richard Tipping.


The Nova Prize for best poem by a poet not previously published in an FSP anthology went to Bruce Greenhalgh for his poem, in the wake of  e e cummings.

The Satura Prize for best poem in the anthology went to Eileen Barker for her poem Courage.