Banned Books Week: September 25 – October 1

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What banned books have you read?

Some of my favorite books are the ones who have been banned by certain places, people and institutions.

Here are a list of my favorite banned books once banned in Australia:

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D H Lawrence

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Ulysses by James Joyce

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For more information on Banned Books Week: Banned Books Week Website

 

What Inspires Me: Elizabeth Harrower


I went and saw Elizabeth Harrower speak this past weekend at the Melbourne Writers Festival, about her coming back to the land of literature.

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Elizabeth is someone I can relate to as she’s aged she speaks the unabated truth, yet retains her passion with writing.  I also love the fact she unapologetically states she didn’t cultivate people or write for others.  To me that is why I love being a writer – for my own need to create and not for others.

Here are a few of her quotes from her talk which resonated with me:

“I had this great need to communicate with people.”
– on why she became a writer.

“If you are going to write it has to matter to you”
– on what you should focus on as a writer

Elizabeth Harrower – September 4th 2016, Melbourne Australia

 

See You Next Tuesday

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See You Next Tuesday 

Never-mind untruths meaning why

Actuality a passive aggressive error

Spit upon your venomous sly

Cult of the abhorrent phrenic wearer

Reaking of uneducated contempt

Willingly forgotten and buried en-mass

Bad behavior you aren’t exempt

Carnivorous bark justified lack of class

Unrepentant as coffin bearer

Bride to the death throws

Always siding with internal terror

Backhanded lamb skinned clothes

Image-less facade will fade and crack

Cackling before compassionless mask

Aberrated head placed upon the rack

Stolen lips and forged task

Guilt trips heavily taxed

Resent razor blade tongue

Heart fence wrapped and waxed

The dance is done we’re stung

The song, the verse, the key

Gemini spilled lies granted

I am free – but you will never be

Your place with me transplanted

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

Quotes on Poetry

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My favorite quotes on poetry by a poet and teacher:

“you enjoy language without knowing what it means”

“poetry has to resist finite meaning”

“poetry has to be a little obscene and honest”

“I want to be bewitched when I read poetry”

– Dr Ali Alizadeh, 2016

 

Melbourne Writers Festival 2016

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The Melbourne Writers Festival is happening in Melbourne, Australia next month.

Victoria’s premier annual literary event. The Festival connects writers and stories to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas, and inspire a global community of readers.

 

The Festival invites thought-provoking discussion at events exploring the hottest topical issues. For those who prefer to focus on life’s pleasures, there’ll be events for foodies, travelers and connoisseurs of culture. We’ll also invite adventurous readers to join like-minded lovers of literature for a range of relaxed social activities in unexpected places.

For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:

Melbourne Writers Festival

 

 

A Poem: Dropping Anchor

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Dropping Anchor

Shifting seas
Drifting aimlessly
Uncontrolled rudder
Moving where taken
Monsters subdued below in darkness
Quiet whilst dreaming of disobedience
Spotting the shore
Commanding the wheel
Steering towards safety
Monsters wake and cause a storm
Keep going or drop anchor

(C) T. Altman 2016

 

 

 

Emerging Writers Festival

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The Emerging Writers Festival is happening in Melbourne, Australia next month.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation whose foundations are built on supporting emerging writers. They are a place where creativity and innovation is celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:

Emerging Writers Festival

 

 

Poetry Month

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I’ve been writing lots of poetry in recent months due to being inspired by people and the world around me.  Things which have been bubbling to the surface and needing to breathe, have forced its way out.

April is poetry month and I have been actively participating in the Dirty Thirty (one poem every day for 30 days in April).

Truth be told, most of my work has been filled with profanities but this one was written whilst contemplating my parents and is one I would like to share with you:

Imperishable Stars

Imperishable Stars

Never to rise nor set

Your luminous hearts fixed

Watching in abject silence

Epithets eternally emblazoned

Within and upon your earthly kin

Eternally through the promised premise

Incandescent in dogging darkness

(C) T. Altman 2016

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather

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Was chatting to a friend about poetry and novels and our love for them recently.  During our conversation, she gave me one of the best compliments I have received in a long while….

“When I talk with you about writing or read your posts about writing, you remind me of Jo March from Little Women – Genius Burns. Strong fierce beyond talented and stubborn – but always a lady.”

Thanks Apryl…you have no idea how much these words mean to me 😀