It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this edition of foam:e.
This is my second stint as Editor and I want to thank Angela for the opportunity to do so. It is challenging in the most wonderful way. I'd also like to say thanks to you guys, the poetry community, without your support, your amazing contributions, well you know...
New work in this edition includes poetry and an image from interdisciplinary visual artist and poet Clyde McGill. Clyde is in New York completing his Fulbright scholarship and I am pleased to include his work in this edition. Clyde developed the images for my poetry collection, holding Job's hand published in 2008 by light-trap press.
I'm also excited to have poetry from Stuart Barnes, who won the 2009 Open Poetry in the Bauhinia Literary Award. I was fortunate to be able to read his outstanding entry and award him first prize for his poem in my final year as judge for that competition. Another Stuart, contributor Stuart Cooke, is working on a PhD about Indigenous Australian and Chilean poetics and expat American poet Kent MacCarter, now living in Australia will be visiting areas near earthquake-devasted Chile when this edition goes live. I hope he keeps safe and well.
Some poets whose work you may know well from previous issues are included again, New Zealand poet Iain Britton, Australian poets Lyn Reeves, Matt Hetherington, Jill Jones, Jena Woodhouse, Sam Byfield, Vlanes and Michael Aiken. Several Australian and International poets appearing in foam:e for the first time include, Paul Squires, Kristine Ong Muslim, Yassen Vasilev, Peyco Kanev, Stu Hatton, Siofra McSherry, Patrick Green and KJ.
Angela Gardner has put together a wonderful Irish poets feature, with interviews, reviews and contributions from Irish poets Edna Coyle-Greene, Cherry Smyth and Edna Wyley. I hope you will read her Introduction to this feature which highlights how and why the feature came about. I know you will enjoy reading the amazing work of these Irish poets. It is incredible the way web publishing can extend the process of literary publication, allowing so many avenues for exploration of poets and poetry and an immediacy and relevance which opens new fields of interest.
Australian poet Derek Motion reviews Adam Aitken's new publication Eighth Habitation from Giramondo Publishing Poetry, 2009. Derek works as Director of the Booranga Writers' Centre, & sometimes writes reviews, poems, stories, or even blog posts (http://typingspace.wordpress.com). Some of his most recent work has been published in Going Down Swinging 29, and the forthcoming Miscellaneous Voices: Australian Blog Writing (http://www.miscpress.com.au/). Derek's review of Michael Farrell's a raiders guide is included in foam:e 6.
Australian poets with new publications, who are not reviewed in this issue, but whose publications are well and truly worthwhile purchasing and reading include; Kate Middleton's Fire Season and Judith Beveridge's Storm and Honey, Giramondo Poets Series 2009, Angela Gardner's Views of the Hudson, Shearsman Books and the latest poetry collection from one of my favourite poets Nathan Shepherdson's Apples with Human Skin, UQP Poetry Series. Nathan Shepherdson fans will not be disappointed with the work in this collection as it includes nearly all of his prize winning poetry from competitions including, Val Vallis (Arts Queensland), Josephine Ulrick, Newcastle Poetry Prize and also includes his poem unnecessary messages for those in need of unnecessary messages first published in foam:e 6. I don't think there is anyone in Australian poetry writing like Nathan, and he continues to exceed all expectations. He is a true master of the line.
Some really good news for foam:e readers and contributors, actually two items of really good news.
Firstly, The Best Australian Poems 2009 edited by Robert Adamson and published by Black Inc include two poems which first appeared in foam:e
'an anatomy of birds' by Lia Hills which appeared in foam:e 5, and 'three rivers triptych', my own poem which appeared in foam:e 6.
And secondly, drum roll please... An exciting development for the next edition of foam:e will see the expat Australian poet, Laurie Duggan taking on the Editor's role. Australian poets will need no introduction to Laurie and his work, but for International poets wanting to find out more, take a look at Angela's interview with Laurie in foam:e 6.
And now, with apologies for length of my editorial and for the late start to foam:e for this issue, let the poetry begin.