February 21st, 2017
Two of Andrew’s poems have been included in The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. As the title indicates, the anthology is published by Fremantle Press, a press that has published three collections of Andrew’s poetry–Homecoming (1979), Windfalls (1984) and The Colour of Life (in Two Poets, 2011).
The anthology has been edited by Australian poets John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan.
Andrew’s poems in the anthology are “Between Glances” and “Emergence”.
February 21st, 2017
Five of Andrew’s poems have been published in a special issue of St Mark’s Review (No. 238, December 2016), which is published quarterly by St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.
The special issue, titled Poetry and the sacred, was guest-edited by Australian poet, John Foulcher.
Other poets represented in the magazine include Alex Skovron, Michelle Cahill, Robert Gray, Kevin Hart, Anne Elvey, Judith Beveridge, Mark Tredinnick, Alan Gould, Geoff Page and Bruce Dawe.
Andrew’s poems in St Mark’s Review No. 238 are “Sakura Haiku”, “Sheep”, “In Transit”, “Black Bamboo” and “Sehnsucht“.
February 4th, 2017
Andrew has won the 2016 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize. The $1,500 prize was awarded to him for his poem “Kyoto Autumn Maples”, which is a sequence of six tanka.
In his Judge’s Report, poet John Jenkins expressed great admiration for “Kyoto Autumn Maples”. His opening comment was:
This winning poem is a model of clarity and economy, of descriptive facility and finely wrought imagery. It is about a foreigner who visits maple groves on the hillsides around Kyoto, Japan.
Competition Judge, John Jenkins
After offering detailed comments on each of the six tanka comprising the poem, Jenkins concluded:
Thus the maples and maple walk register a range of human senses and modes of perception, all accreting into an elegant whole; though not in an over-studied way, but with a light, almost casual hand. In spite of its exotic setting, the poem has an unforced familiarity, that of a traveller simply describing a journey, someone on holiday who is simply looking on – yet a traveller who, as it becomes increasingly obvious – also has a clear-minded ability to deeply enter and appreciate other cultures.
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January 15th, 2017
The January-February 2017 issue of Quadrant contains two of Andrew’s poems: “Heron” and “Splendid”. Both poems are three-haiku gunsaku. The third haiku in “Splendid” is:
If not in colour,
at least in shape–the female
splendid blue wren.
© Andrew Lansdown
January 14th, 2017
The latest issue of Studio magazine (No. 139) contains one of Andrew’s poems, “In the Gardens of the Imperial Palace”.
Also, one of Andrew’s photographs has been used on the cover.
January 13th, 2017
USA publisher, Cascade Books (Eugene, Oregon), has included four of Andrew’s poems in an anthology of Christian poetry titled The Turning Aside, edited by Canadian poet, D.S. Martin. Poems by Andrew in the anthology are: “The Colour of Life”, “Prayer”, “Kangaroos” and “Black Bamboo”.
Editor D.S Martin comments,
The Turning Aside is about stepping out of our routines–like Moses turning from tending sheep, like a certain man selling his everything to buy a field–to take time to consider the ways of God in the company of some of the finest poets of our time. Turn aside with such established poets as Wendell Berry, Les Murray, Luci Shaw, Elizabeth Jennings, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Christian Wiman–and respond to their invitation for us to muse along with them. Walk with poets from various parts of the planet, even though some of them are less known, whose words have been carefully crafted to encourage us in our turning aside.
The Turning Aside is a collection of Christian poetry from dozens of the most spiritually insightful poetic voices of recent years. It is a book I have long dreamed of compiling, and it has grown beyond my mere imagining in its fulfilment.
Reviews and endorsements of the anthology (posted on the publisher’s website) are encouraging:
“D. S. Martin’s The Turning Aside offers a marvelous harvest of serious Christian poetry–an unusually rich and various representation of spiritual as well as poetic excellence. This is a treasury, a volume for the bedside table, there to be savored slowly–read as a prompt to meditation, prayer, and a deepened devotion to Scripture.”
–David Lyle Jeffrey, FRSC, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University
“I have been waiting for this collection for thirty years, literally. I am almost speechless. In this company of poets, lifters-of-the-veil between heaven and earth, I have no need for my own words. I only want to borrow theirs. And I shall–in worship, in church, in literary company. I am certain this magnificent collection will turn many aside from our mechanistic tromp through our days into the wondrous, piercing reality of God-with-us right here, right now.”
–Leslie Leyland Fields, poet, speaker, and author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas
“The Turning Aside is a spectacular collection bringing together under one roof the finest Christian poets of the age. Its pages provide awesome, inspiring, even mystical reading, with lines to linger over in meditation.”
–Ron Hansen, author of The Kid
“This collection brings together an expansive, idiosyncratic, and intriguing group of poets, some you’ll know well and others you’ll be thankful to discover. Their work forms a rich banquet that is often surprising and, in the end, supremely artful. The book has the power to (paraphrasing Tania Runyan) ‘singe the edges of our silent lives.'”
–Daniel Bowman Jr., author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country; Editor-in-Chief of Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith; Associate Professor of English, Taylor University
The Tuning Aside can be purchased via the publisher’s website here.
December 23rd, 2016
Two of Andrew’s poems — “Recollections of Dread and Deliverance” and “Comfort” — have been published in the December 2016 issue of Quadrant. “Recollections”, written for Andrew’s wife, Susan, is reprinted below:
Recollections of Dread and Deliverance
Dearest, when you haemorrhaged
(I am of a sudden with hurt and horror
recalling it these near-three decades on),
when back in the ward after the birthing
the nurse drew down from your white face
the bedcover to uncover that swamp
of blood from your wounded womb,
that crimson saturation of nightdress
and sheet, I plunged to pleas and please!
and when they wheeled you on the trolley
away to the theatre, not now for new life
but for your life, I feared you’d gone for good
but by the doctor’s good hand the Hand
of God touched you, staunched you, spared you
for me and our newborn daughter and all
the other loved ones who loved you
as I loved you and love you still with kisses
and wide wishes and everlasting longings.
© Andrew Lansdown
December 13th, 2016
From time to time Andrew receives encouraging comments from school teachers and children about his fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Klarin (comprising the novels, With My Knife, Dragonfox and The Red Dragon, all published by Scholastic Australia under the Omnibus Books imprint).
Recently a New Zealand teacher emailed Andrew to say she had been reading the novels to her students. With her permission, her kind letter and the delightful notes from her students are reproduced below:
Dear Andrew Lansdown,
I am a teacher in a small rural school on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. There are 22 students in my class aged 8 and 9.
This term I have been reading your trilogy of fantasy novels The Klarin Chronicles, to my class. They are totally captured by them and asked to write to you when they found your website. They want to show you the cardboard box portal we made. It is a very popular quiet place for reading and writing in class time. I have attached a photo. The children all wanted to write too so I have copied their letters below.
Thank you for your inspiration and imagination.
Margaret Gibson (Teacher Room 4 Whenuakite School)
The children’s notes to Andrew follow:
Dear Andrew Lansdown,
Your books are so interesting. The dragonfox is scary but the red dragon looks cool. We made a cardboard box with a triangle opening. Is the circle an opening too?
Yours sincerely Courtney. I am a girl.
Dear Mr Lansdown,
I loved your story With my Knife but The Red Dragon is even better. I like the way Yasni is bossy to Colyn.
To read the rest of the children’s comments (along with Andrew’s responses), click here.
December 8th, 2016
Andrew’s website was hacked several weeks ago. However, thanks to the work of an expert webmaster, the website has been cleared of viruses and malware and is once again operating as it should. Security on the site has been upgraded, too, reducing the likelihood of another hack. Apologies to anyone who has experienced trouble accessing the site in recent weeks.
November 9th, 2016
Andrew’s poem “Incidentals”, a 4-haiku gunsaku set in Kyoto, was published by the Canberra Times, in the weekend Panorama magazine, on 27 August 2016. The last haiku in the set is:
Blocking a water
trickle—a little levee
of cherry petals.
© Andrew Lansdown