Almanac Poetry: Bob Craig’s Funeral

In this Tuesday’s poem, Kevin Densley recalls a small, particularly sad funeral he attended (the real name of the deceased has been changed), many years ago, where a notable local sportsman gave a memorable eulogy.

Retrieving the Footy from the Tree

Another extract from Damian Balassone’s collection of footy-theme poems, ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’.

Almanac (Swimming) Poetry: Old blokes in black budgie smugglers

In his Almanac debut, Campbell Bairstow explores the mind, body and soul of swimming laps (especially during Covid isolation)

Beach Footy

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

Almanac Poetry: Semaphore, Adelaide

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

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.

Haiku Bob: The 2020 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Haiku Bob is back to remind everyone of the upcoming Grand Final Haiku Kukai – get involved!

Almanac Poetry Reflection: A Poem with Personal Significance (Discuss)

Kevin Densley invites Almanackers to share poems which have had an abiding presence in their lives, just as one by Gerard Manley Hopkins has stayed with him over the decades.

Almanac Poetry: Desert Island Poetry – What is your favourite poem to be lost with?

Marooned on a desert island can be very lonely. If you could, what favourite poem/poetry would you like to have with you?

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 Poetry: Bushranger Harry Power

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

Almanac Life: A Digger’s Words

Nicole Kelly fondly remembers her great-grandfather Jack Dodd and shares poetry he wrote while fighting in Tobruk during WW2,

Almanac Poetry: She Oaks, Victoria

A photo can take you back in time. Kevin Densley remembers.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Another A to Z of Footballers Past’

Kevin Densley has produced another footballing A-Z in verse.

Poem – Brief Sketches of Members of the Kelly Gang

Kevin Densley, on the Kelly Gang members.

Eddie Gilbert

A short innings caught in poetry by Damian Balassone – the unlikely contender Eddie Gilbert with quick as lightning pace, the immortally incumbent Don facing.

Almanac Book Review: Phil Dimitriadis on Damian Balassone’s ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’

Phil Dimitriadis has followed the emergence of Damian Balassone as a poet since 2008. They have a fair bit in common, as this review essay suggests. ‘Strange Game in a Strange Land’ will resonate with those who love words and the game.

A Smile

We’re with you Jan. A smile is a good thing.