Poem – Harlequin with Australian Rules Football

Kevin Densley paints a picture with poetic words about our great game of footy.

Bruce Dawe RIP – the Larrikin Laureate

Australia’s Everyman poet Bruce Dawe died on April 1st. His words and sensibility live on in thousands of hearts that have laughed, cried and nodded on reading his words over 60 years. His footy poems “Life Cycle” and “High Mark” are embedded in the heart of the game.

Almanac Poetry: Two Championship Performances

Kevin Densley compares two spectacular feats from two different eras. [Welcome Kevin – Ed]

Bruce Dawe: A Poet remembered

Vin Maskell is a huge fan of Bruce Dawe, and shares his previously published stories of the poet as a tribute to celebrate the life that has just passed.

Almanac Poetry: A greeting from Bruce Dawe

This piece was written by John Harms just after he had received a beaut greeting card from Bruce Dawe around Christmas time 2016. Bruce Dawe’s poetry, loved by many, was special to John Harms.

Robbie Flower at the Western Oval

Damian Balassone has just published a book of poems about footy greats, here’s one about the dazzling Robbie Flower.

AFLW Round 3 – Haiku Bob: just a few points

So close, yet so far, feathers ruffled, Pies fly off to swoop another day. Haiku Bob reflects.

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce has returned to the AFLW this season, stamping her class on the competition immediately. Damian Balassone penned these words a couple of years ago but they still ring true today.

AFLW Round 1 – Collingwood v West Coast Eagles (Haiku Bob): A blaze of sunshine

A summer’s day, women’s footy, first match of the season, gloriously captured as only Haiku Bob can.

Haiku Bob – 2019 Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Join in with Haiku Bob for the 2019 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai, the only live call of the game in haiku. Check out details for participation here.

Finals Week 1 – Haiku Bob: skip to the end

Haiku Bob experienced his Magpies’ win over Geelong but it was an evening not without its fraught moments.

Haiku Bob – Round 20: beautiful and all

A happier Haiku Bob as he reflects on the Pies Round 20 win over the Suns.

Poetry: Cam and Xav

With more than a little inspiration from Damian Balassone, Jarrod Landells has penned this ode to a couple of “controversial” young guns.

Round 19 – Haiku Bob: night squall

A forlorn Haiku Bob reflects upon the Pies loss against the Tigers, and perhaps of a hopeful future.

Poetry: Footy Memorabilia

A brief verse from Damian Balassone on sacred totems.

Haiku Bob – Round 14: the blink of my eye

On a cold and miserable afternoon at the footy, Haiku Bob had two wins – his Magpies got up (eventually) and he nailed his public transport connection on the way home!

Almanac Footy Poetry: “A Footy Crowd” by Bernard Whimpress

Bernard Whimpress sums it up perfectly: this is the way it should be and not what’s served up, for the diehard footy supporter, and their day at the footy, as one of the crowd.

Almanac Poetry: The Oval Barracker by Colin Thiele

With BAO the centre of widespread comment this week, let’s reacquaint ourselves with the late, great Australian poet and novelist, Colin Thiele from ‘Selected Verse’ (Rigby:Adelaide, 1970). One wonders how his protagonist would fare today?

Haiku Bob – Round 12: the odds

Haiku Bob appreciates the nuances of light and ponders the odds in his take on Round 12.

Haiku Bob – Round 10: filled to the brim

Haiku Bob reflects upon another Pies win, in haiku of course!