Welcome to this slightly delayed, tenth edition of foam:e.
In this issue we are pleased to bring you poems, reviews and more. Thanks to Gabi Rowland for her fabulously foamey photographs of Szechenyi Bath and Spa, Budapest.
Way back when we started this journal Michael Farrell came up with our name; foam:e. In this edition we are able to bring together poems, an interview and a review of one of Michael's most recent books open sesame from Giramondo. Michael has kindly provided a free download link to his other recent work, enjambment sisters present, from Black Rider. Look on his bio for the link.
There have been some wonderful books of poetry published by Australian writers recently. Unfortunately we don’t have the time to review them all. However, I would particularly like to mention the co-winner of the Grace-Levin prize Autoethnographic by Michael Brennan published by Giramondo. Reading it was an intense and pleasurable experience and this self reflexive travel-writing sent me back to read his earlier epistolary collection of letters home from travels, real and imagined, The Imageless World published by Salt.
Giramondo have also published Lachlan Brown's debut collection Limited Cities that gives Western Sydney and similar forgotten suburbs of Paris some literary attention, and also from Giramondo Kate Fagan's lyrical First Light has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.
Also of note is Puncher and Wattman’s The Collected Blue Hills from Laurie Duggan, a previous guest editor of foam:e. These are poems that Duggan now considers at the heart of his poetic work but had only been published in segments, in different volumes, over a period of decades. This gathering together in one volume of all the poems in this long-running series allows the reader to read through the seventy-five ‘Blue Hills’ poems with ease. Puncher and Wattmann was founded in 2005 in this short space of time has produced a number of anthologies as well as a long list of poetry titles.
Following on from the final issue of Famous Reporter there is no let-up in the output of Walleah Press, in fact their publication focus has turned to full length poetry collections and there are a number of great books out from this publisher. Andrew Burke’s Undercover of Lightness is reviewed in this issue of foam:e but there are also excellent recent books from Walleah including Jill Jones Ash is Here, So are Stars and Vanessa Page’s Confessional Box recently launched in Brisbane. Walleah Press will launch its latest title Eaten Cold by Cath Kenneally in Adelaide in May 2013.
Also just launched is Pam Brown's new collection Home by Dark published by Shearsman Books.
Other Australian poetry publishers: Australian Poetry Centre, Black Pepper, Black Inc., Brandl and Schlesinger, Five Islands, Freemantle, Gininderra Press, Interactice, if:book Australia, John Leonard Press, Picaro, PressPress, Spinifex, UQP, UWA, Vagabond, Whitmore Press among others all continue to publish high quality work.
It is a great time to be reading Australian poetry. We hope you enjoy this the latest edition of foame:e.
Angela Gardner and Louise Waller
28 April 2013
Angela Gardner is currently Australian Poetry Cafe Poet in Residence at QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane. If you'd like to meet up, email her on lighttrappress <at> gmail.com.