Poems of the Month by Maria Vouis

Poems of the Month by Maria Vouis

Maria Vouis had poems-of-the-month selected by Anthology Editors, Karl Cameron Jackson and Ros Schulz, for both April and August 2017! You can read them below:


Poem of the Month, April 2017

Sonnet for A Coin Eyed Fish
 At the mouth of the Onkaparinga River.

In the mornings the new autumn cold
chews the crusts of fading summer,
The wind whines high through the empty hold
of the poo-bag roll in F # minor.
Midday birdsong is free light freight,
The dogs stalk and strain on the halter,
The sun sandwiched tight, early and late
sends trembling veins of light through water.
Through the violet dusk black swans abide,
Feeding from the river’s gilded face,
A hooked fish dies and its gold coin eye
counts the cost of sunlight erased,
It mouths its own wordless eulogy
to the river, flowing blind to sea.


Poem of the Month, August 2017

The Body Mother Made Me

The body mother made me
remembers her.
My lips, her smile stretched across sorrow
and one tooth lost with each child born.

The body she seeded for me
knows her.
Nine Greek moons to grow, twelve more to suck,
years to wean and teethe and cry.

These breasts she planted as buds
bloom for her,
flower in my veiled night movements,
swell at full moon with her secret musk.

These feet she fashioned for me
danced for her,
in her mountain village square,
stepped the map of her maiden soles.

The hands mother kneaded me
labour for her.
My hands pull wild greens, stir her pot,
my fingers light the lamp of the dead.

This voice she gifted me
keens for her,
Doric modes hummed into my breath,
ocean hymns of leaving but always coming home.

These eyes mother lent light to
look for her.
My eyes leak her tears now,
now that she is dissolved to bone.

[ This poem was finalist and published in the current Grieve Anthology of the Hunter Valley Writer’s Centre.]

FSP October City Open Mic at the Box Factory

The October FSP City Open Mic Meeting will be held at

The Box Factory
59 Regent St, Adelaide

Monday 9th October
(second Monday of month, since the 1st Monday is the long-weekend holiday)

Doors open at 6:00 pm for sign-in. $5 entry.
First session starts at 6:30; second session at about 7:30.

Bring two copies of your poems if you’d like to submit them to the next Anthology. Make sure your poems have your name, email and phone number on the back of the page, otherwise they will not be considered. You must be a member of FSP for your poems to be included in the Anthology.

The Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax St, will be open from 5:00pm for meals and refreshments prior to the meeting. Support the people supporting you!

Join FSP and ensure that our activities can continue!! Click here for forms and more info.

Valerie Volk Book Launch

You are invited to the launch of FSP member Valerie Volk‘s new book Of Llamas and Piranhas published by Ginninderra Press.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017
7:00pm
West Torrens Auditorium
(via Hamra Centre Library Entrance)
1 Brooker Terrace (corner of Sir Donald Bradman Drive), Hilton.

RSVP essential by Friday 15th September to Valerie:
8376 6655 / vjvolk[at]gmail[dot]com

If you are unable to make it, you can buy Valerie’s new book (and her others!) from her website: www.valerievolk.com.au

FSP September City Open Mic at the Box Factory

The September FSP City Open Mic Meeting will be held at

The Box Factory

59 Regent St, Adelaide

Monday 7th September

Doors open at 6:00 pm for sign-in.

First session starts at 6:30; second session at about 7:30.

Strictly 3 minute maximum per reader.

Bring two copies of your poems if you’d like to submit them to the next Anthology. Make sure your poems have your name, email and phone number on them, otherwise they will not be considered. You must be a member of FSP for your poems to be included in the Anthology.

The Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax St, will be open from 5:00pm for meals and refreshments prior to the meeting. Support the people supporting you!

Join FSP and ensure that our activities can continue!! Click here for forms and more info.

 

FSP Featured Poets at Halifax Cafe: Peter Goldsworthy and Thom Sullivan, 30th August.


The FSP Featured Poets Series returns to

Halifax Cafe

187 Halifax Street, Adelaide

Wednesday 30th August, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

$5 to support the poets

Come early, stay late… The Halifax Cafe will be open for snacks, meals and beverages.

Peter Goldsworthy

has won literary awards across a wide range of genres, including the 1982 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Poetry prize, the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and a Helpmann Award, with composer Richard Mills, for the opera Batavia. His 1995 novel ‘Wish’ was recently rereleased in the Text Australian Classics series, and his 1989 novel ‘Maestro’ as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. His most recent book is ‘The Rise of the Machines and other love poems’, published in 2015.

Thom Sullivan

grew up on a farm in Wistow/Bugle Ranges in the Adelaide Hills. His short collection of poems, Airborne, was published in FSP New Poets 14 (Wakefield, 2009). Since then he has edited or co-edited seven poetry books. His poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2014 and 2015, Australian Love Poems, and Australian Book Review’s “States of Poetry” series. He was a featured writer at Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2016.

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