Almanac Poetry: ‘Sacredly Profane’ – a new collection by Kevin Densley

Congratulations to Kevin Densley on his new collection of poems ‘Sacredly Profane’. Read more in this post.

Almanac Poetry: Souvenir Postcard – Photographed by Mr Henry Poil – Wangaratta, Victoria, April 9 1865

Dead bushranger Dan Morgan on a postcard? Yes, you read that correctly. Kevin Densley explains in his poem this week.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’

With the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Kevin Densley remembers the event with his poem ‘Dealey Plaza, November 22’.

Almanac Memoir (and Music): Shadow Boxing at The Argyle Hotel

Kevin Densley revives memories of Geelong in 1980 with his band Murmurs at The Argyle Hotel.

Almanac Poetry: Beyond Goyder’s Line, South Australia

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley involves nineteenth century family history, life, loss and heartbreak in the Flinders Ranges region.

Almanac Short Fiction: ‘Brian and His Mum’

Brian was more like a frill-necked lizard than your average teenager … he was also close to his Mum. Kevin Densley describes his short story, ‘Brian and His Mum’, as ‘a very fractured fable’.

Almanac History and Poetry: Two Remembrance Day Offerings

To continue the Remembrance Day theme, we revisit a couple of recent contributions from Kevin Densley, about Capt. Bert James and Capt. Albert Jacka VC.

Almanac Poetry (and Music): ‘Lionheart Summer’

The weather’s getting warmer – summer is approaching. This week’s poem from Kevin Densley, ‘Lionheart Summer’, is about a fondly remembered summer he spent in Adelaide (travelling there from Geelong) as an eighteen-year-old in 1980 … involving his grandmother’s beautifully cool bluestone house in Largs Bay, Test Cricket, the local beer, and a Kate Bush album.

Almanac Food: KD’s Kitchen – The Jaffle

Kevin Densley is back in the kitchen for more culinary delights; this time he is making jaffles.

Almanac Poetry: Cracker Night

Kevin Densley remembers that one night of the year when many parents allowed their kids the recreational use of small, dangerous explosives …

Almanac Poetry: The Quest of the Holy Grail – in a Nutshell

Not quite Monty Python, but certainly not ‘straight’ either, this week’s poem from Kevin Densley concerns the most famous knightly quest of them all.

Almanac Short Fiction: ‘Bostell’s Lager Man’

The opening of Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’, in which Gregor Samsa awakes from uneasy sleep to find himself transformed into a giant bug, receives an unusual twist in this short story from Kevin Densley. Is KD’s piece a strange cautionary tale? An example of ‘the Aussie surreal’? A modern Aesop’s fable with its origins in the brewery? You be the judge.

Almanac Poetry: The Car Chase in Films from Six Different Countries

A poem about cars speeding around six countries and all that entails is the subject of Kevin Densley’s poetry this week.

Almanac Food: KD’s Kitchen – The Napoletana Pizza

What better way to utilise time during Covid-19 than to hone up on one’s culinary skills as Kevin Densley has done.

Almanac Poetry: In a Kelly town museum

In today’s poem, Kevin Densley goes ‘a bit abstract’, to use his own words, with a Ned Kelly theme about going to a museum in Kelly Country as a kid and seeing two particularly interesting artefacts side by side.

Almanac Short Fiction: Floundering

A passage from Kevin Densley on a boy, a fish and the ripples of their brief and frenzied interaction.

Almanac (Local) History: Three Geelong Vignettes

Kevin Densley continues his occasional series of history/memoir prose pieces about his home town, Geelong.

Almanac Poetry: Propinquity

One thousand, nine hundred and forty one years ago – almost to the day, according to some recent research – Mt Vesuvius’s most devastating eruption occurred. This week’s poem from Kevin Densley, ‘Propinquity’ deals with that catastrophe.

Almanac Conundrum: What’s In A Name?

Kevin Densley (pronounced Denz-ley) has a Sunday question for you: do people muck up your name, and if so, how?

Almanac (World) Cinema: The Feature Films of Iceland

For a country with a small population, Iceland has produced an impressive number of high quality films. Kevin Densley is an enthusiast, and here presents an excellent primer on the cinema of fire and ice.