Poetry Australia once accepted poetry from all over the world. The new Poetry Australia, which I found online, www.poetryaustralia.com, accepts work only from Australians. The review to which I submitted work consisted of poetry only. The two poems they published are both, in ways, about communicating, good change and bad change, in complete stillness and in total noise, respectively.
Bonnie gives an overview of the book:
The movers come quickly, do their work.
They are the thickest-gloved in town,
with two-inch padding on the bottoms of their feet
as well as between each china plate.
So quiet and efficient they are,
I am surprised to look up and find
sitting in the wooden chair
I had been polishing earlier
(it still gleams and smells like lemons),
facing you, also in a simple chair,
in an empty room
We sit very still
with the movers gone
and feel our feet touch the soft dust of the hardwood floor
and the warm sunlight
of the undraped windows.
It seems that Poetry Australia entitled each of its volumes, and my poems were in The Train South issue, which happened to be a special awards issue, honoring Grace Perry, the editor of Poetry Australia at that time. I still have an e-mail out to South Head Press to see if they are still connected with Poetry Australia. I remember "Before I Renovate My Old House," of course, but I'm not quite sure what kind of change I was trying to convey. I suppose an emptying out of the old and no longer wanted or needed. Maybe that poem was sitting on one of the synapses I lost or that fell out of an ear while I was in the shower.
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