Currently unemployed, I am a former Braille Librarian and secondary school teacher, now living, in genteel poverty, in the city of my birth, Sydney. I am a graduate from The University of Sydney and have a B.A. and a Graduate Diploma of Education.
What interests me about poetry is the discipline required to write it. I love the challenge of strict verse forms, the need for simplicity, clarity, and economy that such structures demand. I look upon my own verse as a craft, not as an art. It's not that I think that my work lacks poetic resonance (that is a judgement others will make) , but I draw far less from the well of inspiration than from the sewers of perspiration, if you get my drift?
What I fear, in this new age of instant publishing, is that the refinement of the raw, creative impulse will be lost; we should remember that poetry is a conscious literary form designed to communicate to an audience, and whether it succeeds or not, should be the touchstone of it's literary value or worth. As a journeyman, you can help your work succeed, by using every available tool at your disposal, whether this is metre, rhyme or free. There are no rules. Whatever works, works!
Now the new Sedition laws make it possible that any implied criticism I make about Australia's involvement in Iraq or other similar neo-colonial or imperial adventures will be classed as encouraging 'disaffection with the Government' and thus could potentially subject me to seven years of incarceration in an Australian gaol. So let me say at the outset I intend no 'disaffection with the Government', but must admit that any criticisms I make are of 'government policy', only!
It may be of interest to some that I am a nephew of the Australian writer, Nancy Phelan, who is herself a niece of the Australian writer (and Poet, listed on this site) Louise Mack!
260106 I note here that a second cousin of mine (Malcolm Mackerras) has today been awarded an Order of Australia for services in promoting Australian 'political communications', whatever that is!
Good one, Mal!