Poem of the Month, October, 2015: “Short Shorts” by John Malone

Short Shorts


I watch the shirts
On the line
Breathe in and out


They line up along
The footpath mouths open
Hungry for mail.


This insect that just landed
Stretching wings, legs
Doing tai chi on the page.


That rustling in the hedge
A short story
Stirring into life


Bald and black
As an emu’s egg, the helmet’s hatched
A biker’s head.
John Malone
Poem read at Ochre Coast Poets, Seaford Library, selected by Anthology editors, Murray Alfredson and Margaret Clark.

Rob Walker: November poet-in-residence at Adelaide City Library



Rob Walker  is Adelaide City Library / SpokenWord SA Poet-in-Residence during November. He will be in the City Library 10 am to 1 pm every Wednesday in November, working on his theme: Lost and Found, based on input from Library users. Please visit him, chat about his project, and maybe even contribute to it!

Rob is also Guest Blogger for November at Adelaide Reads on the theme of Lost Manuscripts. See more here.

Rob will have a final performance of published work, new poems and music at the Adelaide City Library on Friday 27th November, 2015, at 6:30. This is a free event, sponsored by SpokenWord SA.



Call-out for Anthology editors!!

It’s time to find a couple of editors for the next FSP members’ anthology. This will be Volume #41, containing poems submitted by FSP members at FSP events in 2016, to be published by FSP in 2017.

The primary task of the editors is to select the poems and get them ready for print-production. Basic word-processing and email skills are essential. Assistance will be available for the preparation of the final print-ready text and cover.

Editors need to be current financial members of FSP. There is a small remuneration for each editor.

For more information, including a detailed job description, or expressions of interest, please use the contact form below.

Winner of the SAETA FSP Spring Poetry Prize

This year, Ian Gibbins and Jelena Dinic were asked to judge the Year 11 & 12 entries for the South Australian English Teachers Association 2015 Spring Poetry Festival Prize and award the Friendly Street prizes to the top four poems. The prizes consisted of cash, a selection of FSP books, a certificate, and complimentary membership of FSP for 2016.

First Prize went to Olivia McGuinness (Cedar College) for Stress; Second Prize: Dee Ritchie (Torrens Valley Christian School) for Wrong; Third Prize: Sam Kelly (Thomas More College) for Timeless Wrinkles; and Highly Commended: Taniesha Morton (Torrens Valley Christian School) for Mummy. We congratulate the winners and all the entrants in this competition.

Here is the winning poem, courtesy of SAETA.


by Olivia McGuinness

Waves of        sentiment        lap

at            the borders of          your          mind

weeds       of terror          snatch

at every             inch of your body

the gritty taste        of sorrow

in your mouth

the persistent             tide of saltiness

from your       eyes

drowning in           your own ocean

Richard Tipping’s Anthology Launch Speech

FSP co-founder Richard Tipping was unable to be present to personally launch the latest FSP Anthology #39. But he did send us his launch speech. It is well worth reading. So here it is…

See pictures from the launch in the gallery.