The things I’ve learned

How to appear simultaneously in Melbourne, London and Perth.
How to check the news, briefly, once a day.
How to buy two weeks’ food at once.
How to use less toilet paper.
How to wash my hands.
How to sprout beans.
How to bake bread.
How to be alone.
How to relax.
These are the things I’ve learned.

First published in Written in the Time of COVID19, Shire of Nillumbik, October 2020

A COVID poem and 2 more in illustrated anthology “A Lighthouse Lost”

Poetry anthology "A Lighthouse Lost" coverI have three poems, “The catbeing”, “Split and shaped”, and “Download” (a COVID poem), in the anthology A Lighthouse Lost recently published by Pickle Poetry for Mornington Peninsula Poets Corner. Thanks to Poets Corner for inviting me to read on Zoom and contribute to the book.

A Lighthouse Lost has beautiful illustrations by Michael Leeworthy, who has shown them off in the following video. If you imagine the poems that go with them, you’ll probably want to buy the book.

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Poetry Zoom: Aussie and UK Poets Showcase with Jackson, Coral Carter, Dorothea Smartt and many more supporting feature Sarah Holland-Batt

Poetry Zoom! Poets from across the UK and Australia share their courageous connections with land and people through poetry.

Sunday 10 October 2021 on Zoom
10:30am UK Time (UTC+1; Perth 5.30pm; Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart 8.30pm; New Zealand 10:30pm)
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The featured reader, Sarah Holland-Batt, is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary poets.

Supporting readers: Jackson, Coral Carter, Sundra Lawrence, Dorothea Smartt, J V Birch, Yvonne Patterson, Patricia Foster McKenley, Anjan Saha, Helena Steel, Cath Drake, Rita Tognini, Tineke Van Der Eecken, Mala Anthony-Ranu, Kathy Armstrong.

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The priority seat

The umbrella
The keyring

The bus-stop
The priority seat

The “Yes, please”
The three dollars ninety
The teabag
The front page
The crossword

The plastic basket
The chops, potatoes, carrots, peas
The “Fine, thanks”

The bus-stop
The priority seat

The keyring
The umbrella

The light inside the fridge
The power point
The teabag
The armchair

The three rings
The “Not interested, thank you”

The window
The couple pushing the pram

The light inside the fridge
The exhaust fan
The chops, potatoes, carrots, peas
The foam of the detergent

The wine cask
The armchair
The remote control

First published in Creatrix 49, June 2020