Howl 60 years at Avid Reader Bookshop 9th October

Brentley : October 6, 2015 7:41 am : Blog, Poetry Reading

avid-flyerTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg reading Howl at the Six Gallery, San Francisco on 7 October, 1955 readings are being held around the world.

Be a part of these international gatherings celebrating Ginsberg and join Anthony Lawrence, Bronwyn Lea, Brentley Frazer and Eleanor Jackson with Adam Pettet as master of ceremonies for readings from Ginsberg’sHowl and Other Poems.

Ginsberg first performed Howl at the Six Gallery in San Francisco on October 7, 1955. The reading was conceived by Wally Hedrick — a painter and co-founder of the Six — who approached Ginsberg in mid-1955 and asked him to organize a poetry reading at the Six Gallery. At first, Ginsberg refused. But once he’d written a rough draft of Howl, he changed his ‘fucking mind,’ as he put it.

Ginsberg was ultimately responsible for inviting the readers (Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure and Kenneth Rexroth) and writing the invitation. Howl was the second to the last reading and was considered by most in attendance the highlight of the reading. Many considered it the beginning of a new movement, and the reputation of Ginsberg and those associated with the Six Gallery reading spread throughout San Francisco.

Soon afterwards, it was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who ran City Lights Bookstore and the City Lights Press. Ginsberg completed Part II and the Footnote after Ferlinghetti had promised to publish the poem. Howl was too short to make an entire book, so Ferlinghetti requested some other poems. Thus, the final collection contained several other poems written at that time; with these poems, Ginsberg continued the experimentation with long lines and a fixed base he’d discovered with the composition of Howl.

Come and celebrate the poem that defined a generation.

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Reading at Brisbane Writers Festival 05 September

Brentley : September 1, 2015 8:17 pm : Blog, Poetry, Poetry Reading


Brisbane Poetry Map

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Duration: 60mins – Lecture Theatre, QAG 05 September 10:00am – 11:00am Event #: 49 Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

– Live readings by some of this city’s finest writers at the launch of Queensland Poetry Festival’s Brisbane Poetry Map, a digital showcase featuring five curated poetic trails and over twenty site specific recordings of Brisbane voices. The launch will mark the starting point for one of the walks, so bring your headphones and let the Brisbane Poetry Map unfurl before you.

‘Writing has nothing to do with signifying. It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come.’ Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus 4-5

Brisbane Poetry Map is a digital poetic map of our city, showcases five specially curated poetic trails, each one containing site-specific recordings of some of Brisbane finest established and emerging voices.

The launch of the project at Brisbane Writers Festival will see 4 of the 5 walks released as public GPS tracked audio walks in South Bank, Brisbane City, Kangaroo Point, and Fortitude Valley. The Kurilpa Walk – curated by black&write! – will be launched separately later this year.

The launch will also see Michelle Law, Matt Hetherington, Krissy Kneen, Bronwyn Lea, Adam Hadley, Gina Ramsey, Brentley Frazer and Pascalle Burton read their commissioned poetic responses on the day.

Come along to the launch of the Brisbane Poetry Map, and hear this city with new ears.

Brisbane Writers Festival
Lecture Theatre, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
Sat 05 September
10:00am – 11:00am
Free event

The Brisbane Poetry Map is funded by Copyright Agency and Brisbane City Council. Brisbane Poetry Map is also supported by black&write! and Music Industry College.



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Storm The Cockpit

Brentley : August 10, 2015 10:36 am : Blog, Field Desk Despatch, Poetry


Now that it has become evident we live in a Chaocracy, I feel it my duty to remind the insane individuals who think they have this unpredictable airbus under control…that they don’t. If you don’t keep the MAJORITY of passengers comfortable enough to not want to give up their seats…they’ll storm the cockpit… ‘captain’.




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Helen of Harcourt Street

Brentley : August 3, 2015 10:53 pm : Blog, Poetry


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Brentley : August 3, 2015 6:56 am : Blog

I, by accident, killed my website while trying to be a smartarse and change domains without paying attention.

Back up now :)

Thanks for reading.

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Cordite Poetry Journal Issue 51.0

Brentley : August 1, 2015 11:54 am : Blog, Poetry

sds-transtasman-bannerVery pleased to have a new poem included in the latest issue of Cordite Poetry Journal.
Issue: 51.0 Transtasman: Edited by Bonny Cassidy
Poem: Tears in The Symphony 1 August 2015

Its material traces comprise island homes, posits of crust, magma, reef and sand within fields of ocean. The oldest known piece of the Earth’s crust, a bit of zircon crystal, was found last year in Western Australia; in March the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano created an island at the confluence of the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean. Several poems featured in this issue represent personal or dream accounts of geographies and localities in the physical transtasman nexus. ~Bonny Cassidy
TRANSTASMAN Editorial: Where is it?




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antiTHESIS Volume 24: Wake

Brentley : May 21, 2015 10:59 am : Academic Papers, Blog, Nonfiction


“When I woke this morning I didn’t quite leave everything behind like I was supposed to.”

AntiTHESIS: Volume 24 May 2015. ISSN 1030-3839 antiTHESIS is a refereed arts and humanities journal published annually in association with the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Prose Aftermath ~ an extract from my autobiographical novel/doctoral thesis.

BUY NOW ‘Volume 24: Wake’ is now available. Please visit our online store to purchase a copy.

Michelle Allan, Jessica Walter, Cassandra White, Danushka Silva, Veronica Sullivan, Jordan Irving, Nathan Smith, Jackie Holland



  • ‘The Tender Covering Of A Ruin’: Tourism And Nostalgia In Mavis Gallant’s Green Water, Green Sky – Lucinda O’Brien
  • “Awake My Soul”: The Role of a Childhood Library in Growing a Human – Elizabeth Culhane


  • Aftermath: An Extract From Scoundrel Days, A Memoir – Brentley Frazer

Short Fiction:

  • Beyond The Japanese Torii – Christine Manuel


  • Gateway Island – Broede Carmody
  • Against Torpor – Chloe Brien

Graphic Narrative:

  • On Waking – Ash Luscombe




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Broadsheet – New New Zealand Poetry Issue 14

Brentley : November 3, 2014 10:39 pm : Blog, Poetry

b14coverBroadsheet – New New Zealand Poetry [print – online .pdf] Issue 14 November 2014 ISSN 1178-7808  ~ Two Poems  Purple Vertigo | Cigarettes and Tending Orchids

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.14, November 2014, features the distinguished New Zealand poet Michael Harlow, who has recently read at world poetry festivals in Romania and Nicaragua. In 2014, Harlow published his selected poems Sweeping the Courtyard and a collection of love poems Heart absolutely I can.

The issue of broadsheet is the first journal to feature his prose poetry in New Zealand.

The prose poems are from a work in progress that Harlow is writing. Of these poems, Harlow writes: ‘they are best described as very short prose texts (rather like the French récit—I resist the “flash fiction” definition/category). Closest thing we have to it here is the prose-poem, and I’m happy with that. I like to think of the poème en prose, these texts as an example of the “prose that’s in poetry”—following on from the great Greek poet Seferis, who once remarked words to the effect that “I wish our poets would write poems with more of what our best prose writers have…” Or something like that. Thus far, I’ve only published a few of them in bilingual, translation form, English and Spanish, in overseas journals.’

Others included are: Michael Duffett (USA/UK), award-winning poet Brian Turner, P V Reeves, Laura Solomon, MaryJane Thomson, Nicholas Reid, Edward Sakowski (translated from the Polish by Robert Zuch), Riemke Ensing, Noeline Gannaway, Cameron La Follette (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia), Michael Walker, Pat White and Mark Young.



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Vlak: Contemporary Poetics and the Arts

Brentley : October 3, 2013 10:50 pm : Academic Papers, Blog, Fiction
  • Vlak: Contemporary Poetics and the Arts [print] Number 4: pp.124-127 Frazer, B &  Wilde, F 2013  ERA ID – 11504 Litteraria Pragensia: studies in literature and culture. October 2013. Published by Litteraria Pragensia: Prague, London, New York, Melbourne, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam ISSN 1804-512X ~ ‘Brilliant Future’, Oulipo rework


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LiNQ, Literature in North Queensland

Brentley : November 3, 2011 11:25 pm : Blog, Poetry

LiNQ, Literature in North Queensland, [print] December no. 38 2011 Published by the Department of Humanities, School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University ISSN 0817-458X Two Poems ~ Irukandji Sails | A Cacophony of Grey

As we go to press, generation 2.0 takes to the streets in protest against failing governments, economies, and systems. We are witnesses to graphic accounts of civil unrest in places like Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. Once, news bulletins were controlled by mainstream media and overbearing governments. But nowadays, the bloodshed is immortalised by amateur journalists, albeit often unsteadily framed and out of focus, but graphically real on mobile phones. Streamed on 24-hour mainstream news services, these videos are prefaced by, ‘We can’t vouch for the validity of this footage…but here it is’. Fact morphs into fiction as we struggle to make sense of the world. Iconic news images, like the bloodied corpse of Muammar Gaddafi ’s capture hands holding half a dozen smartphones whose faceless owners are recording, with their professional colleagues, a rough draft of history. Everywhere, the custodians of knowledge are under threat. The mainstream media model is collapsing as well as the rarefied world of the book publisher, who helplessly watches readers fervently embrace the electronic world of books. In the last three years, there has been an explosion in ebook reading on smart phones. So much so write Lachlan Jobbins and Angelo Loukakis on the Australian Society of Authors guide to Digital Self-Publishing, that 2011 may well prove the transition point from print to digital publishing. No longer, they say, will digital publishing be ‘the exotic’ extra. And tellingly, they warn that elements of the future have arrived more quickly than the book industry might have anticipated or predicted.



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