Almanac Poetry: Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley

This week, it’s ‘back to bushranging’ in the poetry of Kevin Densley – but his subjects, in this instance, Jack Bradshaw and ‘Lovely’ Riley, are not your typical bushrangers. His poem is about the exploits of a pair of oddballs who ‘were more like a bad vaudeville act than a duo to be feared.’

Beach Footy

Damian Balassone shares a seasonally-appropriate poem from his collection: ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Dawns’ – Tommy Mallet

The magic of the awakening day is reflected in Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Dawns’.

Almanac Poetry: Mickey Mouse’s Cranial Vault

In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley parallels modern American history with the evolution of Mickey Mouse.

Almanac Memoir (and Music): Words Are Not Enough

Secondary school memories involving music, girls, letters from girls, and screeching cicadas are the basis of this prose piece by KD, all tied in a neat bundle by a hit song of the era from “Ol’ Black Eyes” himself, the late Jon English.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Gravel Bay’ – Tommy Mallet

There is nothing better than a dip in the ocean after a day’s work. Tommy Mallet’s poem ‘Gravel Bay’ reflects the serenity of this feeling.

Almanac Poetry (and Food): Stargazy Pie

Fish gazing heavenwards out of a pie? Of course! In this poem, Kevin Densley draws on his inner Cornishman (he does have some Cornish ancestry) to describe this unusual dish.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Falling Road’ – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet has penned a wonderful heart-felt tribute to an old man in his poem ‘The Falling Road’.

Almanac Poetry: Prince Albert Hotel, Daylesford, Victoria

This Tuesday’s poem from Kevin Densley features the picturesque Central Victorian spa town of Daylesford.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Roots’ by Tommy Mallet

A man and his dog beautifully told by Tommy Mallett in his poem, ‘Roots’. [Welcome Tommy. Glad you’ve finally decided to publish your poems. – JTH]

Almanac Poetry: Semaphore, Adelaide

Some places feel haunted by the past. In this week’s poem, Kevin Densley deals with one such location.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: Ted’s legacy

What price a Ted Whitten footy card from the Scanlens collection? Bill Wootton thinks back to his treasure trove and how they parted ways.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The footy

Ah, the pleasure of that first leather football in the hands of a young boy! Bill Wootton remembers it well.

Almanac Poetry: Ghost Train

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley is set in the Geelong Show’s sideshow alley when he was a kid. The Ghost Train horror ride existed there among other attractions such as Jimmy Sharman’s Boxing Tent, the Bearded Lady and Vanessa the Undresser.

Almanac Poetry: Note of thanks to an Old Gum Tree

E.regnans shares more of his insights into the time of Covid, recognising and thanking an old gum tree for its stability in a time of uncertainty.

Almanac Poetry: The Other Side of Bradman (A Response to Geoff Page’s ‘On the Death of a Famous Cricketer’)

Kevin Densley has written a response to Geoff Page’s poem about Don Bradman, ‘On the Death of a Famous Cricketer’.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Men of `Fifty-Four’

With today the anniversary of The Eureka Stockade, Kevin Densley’s poem reflects upon the thoughts of that by-gone struggle.

Almanac Poetry: The Day I Broke Billy

Many Almanackers will recall running their guts out as kids in Little Athletics. Kevin Densley does, and in this week’s poem he describes his most memorable race.

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.

The Nuns of Naples 1984-91

With his usual rapier wit, Damian Balassone cuts to the chase in addressing the death of Diego Maradona.