A Christmas Tincture …


It’s been a little quiet on the poetry front (well, mine, anyway) so I’m so pleased to have a new poem – Replanted – in the latest edition of the excellent Tincture Journal. Thanks so much to poetry editor Stuart Barnes (and do read the interview with Stuart in this issue, btw, where he talks about his new poetry book, Glasshouses, and all things poetry).  Buy a Tincture for Christmas if you are looking for stimulating fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction over summer …



Poems in Shetland Create

Thanks so much to Angie Spoto and Kirsten Boswell for publishing my poems in SHETLAND CREATE Issue #1 Home (Mangold Press, Glasgow). The work featured in this issue explores the many nuanced meanings of home. I’m always happy to keep my Scottish connections active!  It does seem strange, somehow, to have a poem about the cane fires that were such a colourful part of growing up in Maryborough, Queensland included in this collection but I’m delighted about it.

Cane Fires

Childhood was burnt winter air,
smoke-hazed sunsets,
the rush to remove clothes from lines
as soot rained like black snow.
An angry front raged across the river,
devouring fields, tinder-dry,
bandicoots and snakes fleeing
only to be scooped up by birds.
We danced with charcoal feet
under cold skies, ash still falling.
Later with skin scrubbed pink
I’d watch embers through glass,
last orange specks
against a scorched silhouette,
forever a slave to sweetness


Blocked in Barcelona


I’m hoping the ripples and curves
of walls and minds
will unglue my head:
the blue tiles weeping
from the serpent roof,
sheets of green and orange light,
holy windows and Star Wars pillars,
eyes and lips and chins
moving on the cheeks
of Picasso girls,
sculptures cascading in sky,
even the script scribbled in chocolate
on my coffee

(Published earlier this year in Nutshells and Nuggets following a short trip to Spain in January)

Sagra Familia

Highly Recommended in Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Elephant RockFacebook doesn’t always feel like the right place to share my poetry so voila!  I’ll post published poems here from time to time. Feel welcome to comment and keep in touch. It also seems an ideal opportunity to show off my father Lex Frank‘s astoundingly beautiful watercolour paintings which have always surrounded me. My house is full of them! The one on the header is Elephant Rock at Currumbin where I spent lots of time as a child and now return to whenever I can with my own boys.

Last week, I was thrilled to bits when my manuscript Dancing with Charcoal Feet was Highly Recommended in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript at the opening of the Queensland Poetry Festival. The winner was Shastra Deo for her manuscript The Agonist which I’m looking forward to reading when it’s published by UQP next year.  I met some inspirational poets at the festival, reconnected with friends and relished the chance to be immersed in words, voices and ideas for four days.