Epitaph for a Triathlete

Sometimes you can’t have it all, as this Damian Balassone poem reflects.

Round 7 – Haiku Bob – blank spaces

The sun was shining, but Magpie hearts were darkening. Haiku Bob reflects on the Round 7 loss to Gold Coast.

Almanac Literary: Proximity

The very short story is a notoriously difficult art for a writer to pull off successfully; KD has a crack in his Friday piece.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The German’ – Tommy Mallet

The bush is home for many people, a place to get away from it all, while for some, it’s a place to hide away from society like ‘The German’ in Tommy Mallet’s poem.

Almanac Poetry: Great Literary Fistfights of the Twentieth Century

When two giants of twentieth century American literature faced off (poet Wallace Stevens and ‘he-man’ Ernest Hemingway), it was no question who was really the winner.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: When Tom Papley Beat The Whole World

John Harms observed a rare moment of (footy) purity from Sydney’s Tom Papley.

Almanac Humour: Words That Make You Squirm

Do you have words that make you squirm? KD certainly does, and writes about one of them.

Round 6 – Haiku Bob: The first wreath

Haiku Bob observed similarities between the observance of Anzac Day and the decline of his Magpies when he took in their recent clash with the Bombers.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Wine Belly’ – Tommy Mallet

‘Wine Belly’ is Tommy Mallet’s poem telling of the drunken peril staggering home late on a cold, still night, a time when the mind comes out to play.

Almanac Poetry: Brother and Sister

This Tuesday’s poem from Kevin Densley, ‘Brother and Sister’, can be seen as a postscript to his Anzac Day piece about eight Australian soldiers, ‘The Great War – AIF suite’– this time the poem involves a Victorian country town, a great-grandmother he can’t remember meeting, and her brother who died as a German POW in France in 1916.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Great War – AIF Suite’

In keeping with Anzac Day, Kevin Densley’s ‘The Great War – AIF Suite’ is a moving series of eight poems about Australian soldiers who fought in World War 1.

Almanac Poetry: Annabelle – Tommy Mallet

Tommy Mallet, with a poem about Annabelle. And Tibbie. (Contains adult content – Ed)

Almanac Poetry: Melbourne’s Not Yinnar

Reprising a poem that we featured on the Almanac site way back in 2011.

Almanac Poetry: Forget the Metaphor

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley points out the basic ‘error’ in Aesop’s famous fable involving the tortoise and the hare.

Almanac Food: Hanging Out At My ‘Pandemic Café’

Did the Covid-19 pandemic (hopefully just about over in Australia) and its resulting forms of lockdown bring out in Almanackers particular food cravings/obsessions? It certainly did in Kevin Densley’s case. In response, KD created a personal “Pandemic Cafe” menu, one high on instant gratification, and low in terms of other culinary considerations!

Almanac Poetry: Platinum Blonde

This week’s intriguing poem from Kevin Densley is about 1930s Hollywood glamour icon, Jean Harlow, who died tragically young.

Almanac Comedy: ‘Mo Goes to the Dogs’

Kevin Densley introduces an episode of the classic Australian radio comedy series, McCackie Mansion, from just after WW2, starring the legendary actor/comedian Mo. In this episode, Mo McCackie, his son, Young Harry, Uncle Horrible and Spencer the Garbageman go to the Harold Park dogs – KD describes it as “seven and a half minutes of hilarious, nostalgic joy”.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Magpie versus Crow’ – Tommy Mallet

A battle for territory between magpies and crow is the topic of Tommy Mallet’s poem, ‘Magpie versus Crow’.

Almanac Poetry: Morrisons, Victoria

This week’s poem from Kevin Densley is about Morrisons, a Victorian locality near the small town of Meredith. Some of KD’s relatives farmed there is the past.

Almanac Memoir (and Music): ‘Maybe’ by Split Enz

This Friday’s piece from KD, although quite brief, covers a great deal of territory, including mid-1970s Sydney, the Opera House, King’s Cross, a family holiday, and an encounter with early Split Enz.