‘Aurevoir to Carl & Trish’ an unpublished poem by John Forbes

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John Forbes working in Newtown. Photographer unknown. (Australian Poetry Library) John Forbes working in Newtown (circa early 1980s). Photographer unknown. (Australian Poetry Library)

This poem is occasional enough to perhaps benefit from a little bit of context, of the kind John didn’t especially like. In 1981 my partner Trish Davies and I moved to Blackheath, in the bushfire-prone Blue Mountains. At the time John’s parents — Len, a retired meteorologist, and Phyllis — also lived in Blackheath. Len was a keen golfer.

The poem and accompanying clipping came in two heavy cellophane sleeves, stapled together to form a double spread, or cottage industry looking mini-chapbook. It’s all Forbes-like enough to unleash lashings of nostalgia. I have no idea where the clipping came from, or when it was published. For all I know it might have come from an old magazine — something tells me unjustifiably it was Pol — removed from a doctor’s waiting room. The poem, typed…

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The Perpetual See-saw of Life and Death: Justin Lowe reviews ‘Before Bone and Viscera’ by Robbie Coburn

My chapbook ‘Before Bone and Viscera’ has been reviewed by Justin Lowe in Rochford street Review. Thanks to Justin.

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Before Bone and Viscera by Robbie Coburn. Rochford Street Press, 2014

Blood & Viscera.

The young poet, Robbie Coburn was, for this reviewer, the great find of last year with his first full-length collection, Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013). The precision and deftness of touch, the staggering emotional range in one so young left a strong impression. The poet in that collection was able to acheive that most celebrated and all-too-rarely mastered trick in the post-war Australian tradition, a seamless fusion of the interior and exterior, of the poet-as-subject and the tortured landscape of rural Victoria

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rain comes too late like a disorderly, drunken God,
mistimed wires driving days of burning to a close.
sheets and miles of fall, dark shades of rain
align the twilight.

‘Rain Season vi.’

In Rain Season, Coburn employed the landscape less as a backdrop than as a canvas where he could lay bare his…

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Rochford St Press is proud to announce the publication of ‘Before Bone and Viscera’ by Robbie Coburn

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Blood & VisceraRochford Street Press is proud to announce the release of a new chapbook by young Victorian poet Robbie Coburn. Before Bone and Viscera is is Coburn’s second chapbook and features a cover illustration by Kit Kelen. Robbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and lives in the rural district of Woodstock, Victoria. His first book-length collection of poetry Rain Season (Picaro Press) was published in 2013 and he is well into a second book titled the other flesh.Before Bone and Viscera is his eagerly awaited second chapbook. He has also recently finished writing an autobiographical novella, A Day without Me.

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“Coburn’s new book disturbs & enriches. There is a grace as it sculpts language & meaning… a flensing poignancy underlines these superb poems. This is not an easy book… its ruthless eviscerated clarity & honesty scar the eye.” – Les Wicks

Before Bone and Viscera

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Rochford St Press announces the publication of ‘Before Bone and Viscera’ by Robbie Coburn

Rochford Street Press

Before Bone and Viscera by Robbie Coburn. ISBN 978-0-949327-01-7 16 Pages. $7.50. Release date 18 July 2014.

Blood & VisceraRochford Street Press is proud to announce the release of a new chapbook by young Victorian poet Robbie Coburn. Before Bone and Viscera is is Coburn’s second chapbook and features a cover illustration by Kit Kelen

Robbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and lives in the rural district of Woodstock, Victoria. His first book-length collection of poetry Rain Season (Picaro Press) was published in 2013 and he is well into a second book titled the other flesh.Before Bone and Viscera is his eagerly awaited second chapbook. He has also recently finished writing an autobiographical novella, A Day without Me, that he plans to publish in the near future.
His website is: www.robbiecoburn.com.au

“Coburn’s new book disturbs & enriches. There is a grace as it sculpts language & meaning……

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pre-order Regime 04

the fine folks over at Regime Books have devised a brilliant system of paying contributors for issue 4 of Regime Magazine, where $10 from every copy of the mag sold goes towards a fund for paying writers. simply put, the more copies that sell, the more the writers get paid. so everyone should head over there and do it.

from the Regime Books website:

 

COMING SOON: Regime Magazine of New Writing, Issue 04.

This issue will see the launch of a spanking new model of community publishing – an idea Regime Books invites writers and poets to support.

How will it work? First, we are committed to the following principles:

Regime Magazine of New Writing will remain a not-for-profit enterprise, but also strictly not-for-loss.
We want to pay our writers and poets in currency, not copies.
We are dedicated to printed editions that are supported (and not replaced) by technology.
We will be inviting guest editors.
We will consider inviting suitable sponsors, and opening our books to donors.
Now here are the changes:

Our cover price will increase to $25 a copy (including postage). Why? $10 per copy sold on our website will be evenly distributed to our talented contributors (contributors will not receive free copies or a distribution from copies sold through third party retailers – the cover price for that is eaten by the printer, bookseller and distributor).
There will be 50 poems and 5 short stories included in Regime 04.
There will be two print runs for Regime 04 for orders made through our website.
Your help in spreading the good word about Regime Magazine and the high quality of work we publish has never been more important! Hit up those Facebooks, Twitters, Instagrams, blogs and start talking!

 

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so please go and support writers and poets by pre-ordering the mag. it’s going to be amazing.

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