Kanomi, Queensland
photo credit Lucky Day


Once again we are proud to bring you a wealth of different voices. Some of the names you will know and some you may not. Particularly have a look at the shaped poems of Brenda Saunders; a poem from Jenny Sinclair, who may be more familiar for her work in prose; and Stephanie Radok, also a visual artist, for a poem of stunning simplicity and clarity. Among the international voices Kristina Marie Darling from the USA, author of four chapbooks and previously a guest editor at Cordite, has given us some prose poems and Davide Trame from Italy has given us vivid narrative poems.

In this issue we bring you reviews of a number of poetry titles published in Australia recently. You will find reviews of work by Jordie Albiston, Michael Farrell, Karen Knight, MTC Cronin and Lyn Reeves. Inevitably interesting and worthy poetry titles get published without the opportunity for review. Among the titles were what marian drew never told me about light by Nathan Shepherdson (Small Change Press), Magisterium by Joel Deane (Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd) and Two Kinds of Silence by Kathryn Lomer (UQP Poetry Series) each of which are well worth a look.

As well as poetry and reviews this edition also contains an interview with the Australian poet Laurie Duggan, currently resident in the UK, who talks about his just completed Literature Board of the Australia Council Fellowship project that has been recently released as a book by Shearsman under the title Crab & Winkle.

In August 2008 light-trap press, the publisher of foam:e has produced a print based collaboration holding Job’s hand between the poet Louise Waller and performance artist and printmaker Clyde McGill. Forthcoming poetry titles in 2009 include The Night Ladder with linocut prints by Lisa Pullen and The Twelve Labours with etchings by Gwenn Tasker through the assistance of a Visual Arts a& Crafts Strategy grant from Arts Queensland. Details of all of these limited edition commissioned works by invited artists and poets will be found at www.light-trap.net.

The next issue of foam:e will be edited by Louise Waller. Submissions open July 1st and close November 30th 2009 for this edition (number 7) which will be published March 1st 2010. Check out the submissions page for more details.
Once you have had a read of this issue be sure to also check out the PressPress site www.presspress.com.au for news of their Chapbook award and take a look at the a new downloadable journal holland1945 found at www.holland1945.net.au/ .

Happy reading

Angela Gardner
Dydd Dewi Sant
1 March 2009