My PhD proposal seminar

My PhD research proposal seminar is on Friday 19 June at 11am in room 10.308 at Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley.

Sangam: a book of poems


light is a word for connection light
is a word light
is a word for relation

grow a text-organism that enacts connection grow
a text-object that invites relation grow
a text-body that embodies light

see [un]Theories of Everynothing in the between between the lines see
in the stanzas be-twain the space see
in the difference in the words write

an [un]work on [un]consciousness in poetic [un]thought

The project will explore how well poetry, particularly experimental poetry, can bring together scientific ideas and Eastern spiritual and philosophical ideas in the context of 21st-century society and its members’ lived experience.

Writing experiments will be used to generate text. Experimental and traditional techniques will then be used to evolve form and grow connections.

The writing will be a meeting place — sangam — where ideas, methods and texts that may be seen as oppositional will come together.

From a systems perspective a text may be considered an organism: a complex entity with emergent properties. A reader-organism connects with a text-organism, creating a new organism with its own emergent properties, such as interpretations and affects.

What will emerge from the sangam?

Supervisors: Dr Marcella Polain and Dr Ffion Murphy
Reviewers: Dr Paul Uhlmann and Professor John Kinsella

Writing Powerful Poetry workshop 17 May

A student once asked me, ‘When I read a great poem, I feel something. Why?’ This workshop will focus on some of the answers to that question. Learn how to express emotions in your poems. See how great poets manipulate words to make magic and mystery. Find out how form creates feeling. We’ll read and discuss a selection of published poems, and get inspired to write our own. Whether you’re a curious beginner or already well-versed, you’re sure to have fun. Don’t forget your writing materials!

Sunday 17 May 2015
Peter Cowan Writers Centre
$38 for Centre members, $48 for non-members
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Tactful Group Feedback for poets 8 Feb ’15

Published poetryPoets, do you long for objective feedback? What works in your poems? What doesn’t? How can you make them better? Should you publish or perform them? Should you submit them to poetry competitions or contests? Are they likely to win? How good is your technique? How original are your ideas? Find out in a friendly, supportive, tactful group critiquing session with guest facilitator Jackson, a much-published poet and editor with training in mentoring and group facilitation. Please bring writing materials and several copies of two or three of your poems.

8 Feb 2015
Peter Cowan Writers Centre
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