Published: Salt

I have a poem in the current issue of Overland, which is the one-hundred-and-ninety-ninth issue of that venerable journal of Australian letters.

It’s a poem about salinity, as you might have guessed from the title (I had fun working the phrase “magnesium sulfate” in there), inspired by listening to the John Kinsella interview that featured in one of Poetica’s “Pod of Poets” podcast series, in which JK takes the interviewer for a walk around his family’s land and talks at length about the damage that European farming has caused. In a nice bit of serendipity Mr. K has also got a poem in this issue, as have Josephine Rowe, πo and Derek Motion (among others).

They’re gradually putting bits and pieces from the issue up on their website, so stay tuned maybe? Or buy the damn thing already.

In the meantime there are some excellent excerpts already available for perusal, including Cate Kennedy’s thoughtful essay on why she has made the deliberate choice as a writer to neither blog nor tweet nor book her face, and Derek Motion’s “forest hill”, the winning poem from the 2009 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.


Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

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About Adam

I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

Bookings for public appearances can be made through Booked Out Speakers Agency

This website was created on Dja Dja Wurrung land.
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Quelle Grammage!
on days when i’m pretending to work at home and avoiding the housework it’s nice to know the TROLL BEWARE sign is only a 15min walk away. i wrote a poem today with a line in it about jazz-handing a gap in reality and I am very proud of that line indeed oh yes. Just a bunch of heroes hangin’. work in progress
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