That Poetry Zoom 1 June 2020 (Smiths Canberra)

Poetry Zoom fans, on 1 June I’m featuring online in That Poetry Zoom, the online manifestation of Canberra’s excellent weekly poetry show normally held at Smiths Alternative.

That Poetry Zoom

Plus open mike.

Monday 1 June 2020
5pm WST (Perth/Beijing time)
7pm EST (Canberra/Melbourne/Sydney time)

Poetry Zoom meeting details:

The Zoom meeting link will be posted in the facebook event about half an hour before the show.

Not a Poetry Zoom: Jackson reading live

Climate poetry: “Letters to our Home” Zoom launch 4 May 7pm Perth time

Climate poetry launch Letters to our Home promotional image

Climate poetry! Creative responses to the climate and ecological crisis from poets, writers and other citizens in Perth, Western Australia

Michael Williams, Liana Joy Christensen, Allan Padget, Tara Hurst, Deanne Leber, Natalie D-Napoleon, Jackson, Allan Boyd

Limited open mike

via Zoom

Monday 4 May 2020
7-9pm AWST (Perth, Western Australia: UTC+8)

PDF and print books will be for sale online, raising funds for the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) and the WA Forest Alliance (WAFA).

Hosted by Voicebox.
MC Vivienne Glance.

Details and links at

‘Letters to Our Home’ was conceived during the Australian bushfire crisis in the summer of 2019/2020. It was inspired by the northern hemisphere publication ‘Letters to the Earth’ and like that publication we hope creative responses to the growing climate, biodiversity and environmental crises will help us come to terms with the situation we collectively face, nurture our spirits and inspire us to take, and to demand, action.

The contributors to this collection vary from school-age children to parents, workers and retired people, published poets and newcomers. They write from their hearts and are inspired by their passion to see art as a selfless act of giving, and as activism.

We hope you enjoy this brief journey around Western Australia’s unique precious places and how we as humans live within them.

Profits from the sale of Letters to Our Home will be split between the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) and the WA Forest Alliance (WAFA). The EDO fight tirelessly to protect the environment from legislative harm, and WAFA has worked for decades to save our old-growth native forests from destructive logging and other harms.

We’ll have 8 readers from ‘Letters to Our Home’, and short open mic brackets to start and end.

Melbourne poetry fans: Jackson’s in town soon! 3 Sep Passionate Tongues

Melbourne poetry fans, in case you've forgotten what I look like...Melbourne poetry fans, take note! I’m booked for a 10-minute slot at Passionate Tongues on Tuesday 3 September (7:30pm at The Brothers Public House, 42 Johnston St, Fitzroy) and hope to be included in the open mike at the Dan Poets Anthology Launch and maybe at POSTY and whatever else might be happening.

I have two new books, A coat of ashes and The emptied bridge. Both will be available from me while stocks last. Pay as you feel.

In the dream, he tells me he doesn’t need a condom

(From The emptied bridge)

In the dream, he tells me
he doesn’t need a condom

he has his book. In the dream, we’ve both
read it. Condoms are a manifestation
of Capitalism. A Bad Thing. Probably

made by Monsanto. We don’t
need them. We can use our minds
to divert the sperm. In the dream

I know it works, if done
correctly, wholeheartedly,
together. We have to trust.

I can’t.
I can’t.
I can’t. Yet

in the dream, we don’t
have a condom
to our name.