Almanac Poetry: ‘Work Yard’ – Tommy Mallet

In his poem ‘Work Yard’ Tommy Mallet says so much in so few words.

Almanac Poetry: Hooray for Hollywood

What are so many TV and movie stars of yesteryear doing now? Kevin Densley paints a picture.

Almanac Music: You Wear it Well – Songs about Clothes

Today, KD’s piece on popular music themes concerns songs about clothes. As usual, readers are warmly encouraged to contribute song choices of their own in the ‘Comments’ section.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Skin’ – Tommy Mallet

We all know that early morning feeling putting on our ‘second skin’ as Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Skin’ highlights.

Almanac Poetry: Death 101

One of the twentieth century’s best poets is Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), according to Kevin Densley. In this poem, he reflects upon her late work, much of which seems to point to her tragic end.

Almanac Poetry: ‘You Wove Your Web For Me – Karl Dubravs

Karl Dubravs presents a poem of desire, and submission, ‘You Wove Your Web For Me’.

Almanac Poetry: Elsternwick Gothic

This Monday’s poem from Kevin Densley is set in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick, where the skies can suddenly turn strange and other-worldly.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Nicotine’ – Tommy Mallet

Twelve year old Tommy silently rebels against his mother’s excesses particularly the perils of smoking and their effect on him is examined in Tommy Mallet’s latest poem, ‘Nicotine’. [Language Warning – ED]

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Koo Wee Rup Exchange’ – James Walton

A poem from James Walton about a trip to the city for a Prize Night, he didn’t win but James had a hell of a night with three outcast nuns!

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – Vivienne McCredie

To put you in the mood for the big race today, have a read of Vivienne McCredie’s terrific poem about the Melbourne Cup, ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.

Almanac Poetry: John Keats Was Right

In this week’s offering, Kevin Densley takes as his inspiration a line from ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’, an iconic poem by one of the greatest poets in the English language, John Keats. [You should see what was left out of this excerpt – Ed]

The Last Thylacine

Damian Balassone’s latest poem thoughtfully ponders the fate of the thylacine

Almanac Music: Songs About Mail

In his ongoing series about popular music themes, KD writes about songs involving mail – letters, posties, mail in general…

Almanac Poetry: ‘On This Windless Night’ – Tommy Mallet

The feeling of stillness manifests in Tommy Mallet’s latest poem, “On This Windless Night’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Devil in the Southpaw’ – James Walton

An ambidextrous player taking advantage of their particular skills in cricket is ungentlemanly conduct and a reason for dismissal as suggested by James Walton’s poem, ‘Devil in the Southpaw’.

Almanac Poetry: Manly Ferry in Thunderstorm

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley is drawn from a frightening experience he had when last in Sydney, in 1997.

Almanac Book Review: The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney

With Paul McCartney touring locally (for possibly the last time) Kevin Densley’s review of the music man’s monumental, two-volume boxed set, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present is being reprised. Get Back to the words behind the songs before Macca and friends become a Band on the Run home.

Almanac Music: You Go To My Head – Songs Involving the Mind

This week’s music piece from KD concerns songs involving the mind as a central aspect. As usual, readers’ choices and comments are warmly encouraged.

Bronzed Aussies

Damian Balassone presents his thoughts in a couplet about a recent event.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Gate’ – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet writing about what he knows best – working in the bush.