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.

Almanac Memoir (and Poetry): ‘An Avocado’

There was a time when a young Smokie wrote poetry, with one being good enough to win a literary award – in a roundabout fashion.

Poetry: ‘Life Cycle’, by Bruce Dawe

Life Cycle by Bruce Dawe captures the significance of footy in Victoria and beyond. Life and footy are so entwined in all those places (and cultures) where footy is meaningful to the people. [This was published to celebrate the birth of Henry Joseph Santamaria – Ed]

Nursing Six Packs to their Chests – The 2019 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Check out some of the fabulous responses to Haiku Bob’s 2019 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai.

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.

Haiku Bob – Round 15: gap in the woods

Haiku Bob’s dog knows when to comfort its master. There were many wounds to lick after the Pies lost their way in the fog against the Kangaroos.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry: The Rhythm That Never Ends

Saskia Schaap has written some more words on footy, this time her poem takes on the circular rhythm of footy’s universe from the smallest handball to the biggest scandal: ever the same – as it always was.

Sports Role Models

Damian Balassone’s poem on the differing facets of role models in sport.

Almanac (Footy) Poetry – The Rhymer: The Coach’s Dream

The Rhymer ponders what makes a coach’s perfect player in his latest poem.

The Yellow (& Black) Brick Road – The 2017 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Haiku Bob recounts the 2017 Grand Final in the running, as recorded by dozens of haiku poets on the day.