Almanac Poetry: The Wilful Murder of Constable Samuel Nelson

Kevin Densley shares his poetry for the week – this time it’s a dive back to a 19th century Australian gang scenario, as well as a link to a review of his own poetry collection.

Almanac Poetry: Young Björn Encounters Sigrid

Kevin Densley shares his poetry via mixed-media this week; he also concedes that he did watch a lot of “late night World Movies” in the early days of SBS!

Almanac History: Captain Bert James, R.A.F. (1895-1918)

Kevin Densley remembers his relative, Captain Bert James RAF whose life was tragically cut short in a flying accident during WW1.

Almanac Poetry: There was a brown land called Australia

Dips O’Donnell has been moved to poetry by the plight of Victoria.

Round 14 – Haiku Bob: golden afternoon

Haiku Bob reflects on a golden afternoon of birds and blues.

Almanac Poetry: Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle

An Arnold Bocklin painting – and the progression of the clock – moved Kevin Densley to pen this succinct poem.

Almanac Poetry (in the time of COVID): (Uncle) Bob Cullen

Kieran Dempsey is dreaming of normal life and reveals the things that matter to his subconscious: an uncle, a vist to the pub, an evening session of Test cricket.

Almanac Music: A Band, Beer, and Pig on a Spit

Kevin Densley remembers back to the late 70s when his band ‘South Side’ played their one and only gig at a local footy club. ‘Honky Tonk Women’ was a highlight.

Almanac Poetry: Bushranger Harry Power

Kevin Densley shares the story of Harry Power in his poem this week, the ‘tutor’ of Ned Kelly.

Almanac Poetry: The Ballad of Alexander Pearce

Kevin Densley suggests you read his poem this week with “fava beans and a nice bottle of Chianti” for reasons which will become obvious.

Coleraine Races – in the footsteps of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Today (Sunday) they race at Coleraine so we’ve reprised Roger Lowrey’s fine historical piece.

Following in the footsteps of Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, Roger Lowrey has been to the Coleraine races where the longest continuous race (that is, the one that has been stage annually for the longest sequence) in the Southern Hemisphere occurs.

Almanac Poetry: Lal Lal, Victoria

This Kevin Densley poem is inspired by the Victorian country town of Lal Lal.

Almanac Ditty: Hello there, you nervous Cat

Joc Ledwidge, Sainter through and through, penned this little ditty for her Geelong mate,which she also sent to John Harms.

Almanac Poetry: Lockdown Limericks

John Green has turned to that most accessible of poetry forms, the limerick, during lockdown. Feast away, Tiger fans!

Rounds 8-10 – Haiku Bob: footy frenzy

There is a frenetic pace of the so called “footy frenzy” amid the mess and noise of a pandemic, Haiku Bob can naught but think of the son who recreated a highlight of a gun.

Round 10 – Collingwood v Sydney: FPS Match report

Damian Balassone presents The Floreat Pica Society’s match report for Collingwood’s Round 10 match against Sydney.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Handel’s Father was a Barber-surgeon’

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley looks at baroque music, Angus Young, AC/DC and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!

Almanac Poetry: The Pub

The local pub is a living history museum with many stories to tell. Dips takes a nostalgic look at these institutions in his poem, ‘The Pub’.

Almanac Poetry: Stringybark Creek

The mere mention of the words “Stringybark Creek” (site of the Kelly gang police murders) send a shudder right through Kevin Densley, illustrated by this week’s poem.

Almanac poetry: The sweet spot

Vin M remembers his mum and aunty while having a kick with his cousin.