ANDREW LANSDOWN

AUTHOR & POET

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2 poems in Quadrant

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 haemorrhage
(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

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NZ children commend Chronicles of Klarin

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.

Best wishes

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.

From Riley

To read the rest of the children’s comments (along with Andrew’s responses), click here.

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Website hacked

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.

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Poem in The Canberra Times

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

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Judge’s Report – Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition

Earlier this year Andrew was invited by Poetica Christi Press to judge the press’s annual poetry completion. Andrew completed the judging in early October. His judge’s report contains some helpful observations about the art of poetry writing and is reproduced on this website below:

I was honoured to be entrusted with the task of judging the Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition. There was an excellent response to the Competition, with 190 poems entered. 

While the quality of the entries was uneven, many fine poems were submitted. The poems were wide-ranging in subject and theme, touching on family relationships, the natural world, international terrorism, biblical characters, and personal experiences. There were love poems and nature poems, laments and narratives, dramatic monologues and personal lyrics. While the majority of the poems were free form, many included rhyme, and some included regular rhyming couplets or quatrains. It was pleasing to see poets experimenting with some traditional European and Japanese forms: sonnets, villanelles, rondeaux and haiku. While these experiments were not always successful, the poets are to be commended for their endeavours to understand and master the poetic craft. 

It was also pleasing to note that most of the poems were cogent and accessible. There were very few poems that were confused or, worse, deliberately ambiguous. 

I noticed that two flaws kept recurring and it may be helpful to mention these.  [continue reading]

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE REPORT

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7 poems in Quadrant

Seven of Andrew’s poems have been published in the September 2016 issue of Quadrant. The poems are: “Thinking of You”, “The Festooned Pine”, “Omikuji Blossom”, “Pact”, “Travelling”, “Winter, Wisconsin” and “A Little Herd”.

“The Festooned Pine” also appears in Andrew’s latest book, Kyoto Sakura Tanka, which is composed of poems (tanka) and photographs of Kyoto in the cherry blossom (sakura) season. “The Festooned Pine” is reproduced below, with the photograph that accompanies it in the book:

 

 

 

 

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The Festooned Pine

At a Shinto shrine,
white paper slips, omikuji,
knotted to a pine—
sacred ballots of the kami,
forming a strange origami.

        © Andrew Lansdown

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Reading, tutoring & judging at Words in the Valley Festival

Andrew will be heavily involved in the Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival in Bridgetown on the weekend of 30-31 July.

On Saturday 30 July, he will run a poetry workshop and give an author talk. On Sunday 31 July, he we announce the winners of  the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize and give a poetry reading.

Words in the Valley Festival poster

Festival details from the Proximity WA website:

Bridgetown – Words in the Valley Festival

Saturday 30th July, 2016 @ 9:00am to Sunday 31st July, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Bridgetown Regional Library will be hosting a Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival, which will incorporate the inaugural Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize. Prose and poetry workshops will be $25 each and there will be an author talk with Andrew Lansdown (gold coin donation) at Bridgetown Regional Library. Payments can be made at the door and registrations begin at 8.30am

For further information, please contact Kathy Matthews at Bridgetown Regional Library (08) 9761 2503 or Sarah Evans (08) 9761 2156.

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Poem in Little Book of Australian Orchids

Andrew’s poem, “The Spider Orchids” ,  has been published in Little Book of Australian Orchids, published by the National Library of Australia. In addition to poems by various poets, the beautifully produced book contains colour illustrations of Australian orchids painted by various artists in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Spider Orchids” was first published in Andrew’s award-winning collection, Between Glances, published by William Heinemann Australia in 1993.

Andrew has had poems published in five of the National Library of Australia’s Little Book series. The other collections that include his poems are Little Book of Cats, Little Book of Butterflies, Little Book of Trees, and Little Book of Banksias.

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New book combines poetry & photography

Rhiza Press has published a hardback book of Andrew’s poetry and photography titled Kyoto Sakura Tanka.

The setting for the collection is Kyoto city and the Kansai region of Japan. The season is spring, when the cherry blossoms (sakura) bloom. The 105 poems are modelled on an ancient form of Japanese poetry known as tanka, which is structured in 5 lines and 31 syllables (5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables per line). The 93 photographs are full colour and depict fascinating scenes and details of Japan’s ancient capital.

Kyoto Sakura Tanka is available postfree at a discount price of $25 from this website. Click here to buy a copy to keep … and another to give away!

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New poetry chapbook by Andrew

A small collection of Andrew’s poetry has been published by Life Ministries.

The God of the Glimpses is a pocket-size chapbook consisting of 32 pages and 19 poems. The poems are a series of dramatic monologues—written in the voice of various characters—exploring the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

Read more about the chapbook, including a sample poem, here.

The God of the Glimpses can be purchased for just $5.95 (postage included) from the BUY BOOKS page of this website.

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2 poems in Quadrant

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The May 2016 issue of Quadrant magazine contains two of Andrew’s poems–“Café Senryu” (which is a three-senryu set) and “Pond Tanka” (which is a two-tanka set). “Café Senryu” is reproduced below:

Cafe Senryu 

          i
Upmarket café—
looks like I’m the only one
without a gym pass. 

          ii
At the next table
two well-manicured women
whining and dining. 

          iii
For a bigger buzz
the mating flies plunge into
my cappuccino! 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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2 poems in Quadrant

Quadrant published two of Andrew’s poems—”The Pleasure” and “Dip” —in its April 2016 issue. “The Pleasure” is reprinted below:

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The Pleasure

It is my pleasure,
the pleasure

I give to the chooks
as I toss the scraps

and watch the scrapes
and scraps erupt

between them as
with clucks and pecks

and quick scratchings
and wild flappings

they wolf down
without snivelling

the sops from our tea. 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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Amazon review of Far from Home

 

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Andrew’s poetry collection, Far from Home, can be purchased from Amazon.com (USA). (For American readers, postage is cheaper through Amazon. Australian readers can save on postage by purchasing the book through this website.)

The Amazon website contains a positive review of Far from Home, which can be read here:

http://www.amazon.com/Far-Home-Poems-Faith-Gladness/dp/192163314X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458363584&sr=1-4&keywords=andrew+lansdown

And also on Andrew’s website here.

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6 poems and a review in Studio

Studio magazine has published six of Andrew’s poems in its latest issue–Number 136, 2015. The poems are: “Parting Petals“, “Forgetting“, “Missing“, “Water for Worship“, “Nijo Castle, Kyoto” and “Temple Stone Basin“.

This issue of Studio also contains the speech Andrew gave at the launch of Shane McCauley’s book, Trickster, on 6 June 2015. The launching speech can be read on Andrew’s website, here.

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2 poems in Falling and Flying anthology

Two of Andrew’s poems have been published in the new Brandl & Schlesinger anthology, Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing. The editors, Susan Ogle and Judith Beveridge, chose Andrew’s poems “Meditations on Pain” and “Us2” for inclusion.

On their website (http://brandl.com.au/recent-titles/falling-and-flying), the publishers state:

Falling and Flying: Poems on Ageing – is the first collection of its kind to be published in Australia.  The editors have selected a broad range of Australian poems which explore the universal experience and effects of ageing.  Whether the poets are witnessing themselves or their parents and friends succumb to the years, they speak with great precision and insight into illness, frailty, death, loss, grief and retirement as well as the joys and the wisdom that late maturity can bring.  There is humour as well as sadness in this fine and important collection, which includes the work of some of Australia’s best loved poets, a volume to be cherished by readers of any age.

Dr Susan Ogle is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney and has recently completed a Masters of Medical Humanities.  Susan has been interested in medical education for many years, using literature (stories and poetry), patient and family narratives and role play.  She is co-editor of Reflection, the humanities section of the Australasian Journal on Ageing.  Her poetry has been  published in literary and medical journals.

Judith Beveridge is the author of six volumes of poetry, most recently Devadatta’s Poems and Hook and Eye.  She is the poetry editor of Meanjin and teaches poetry writing at postgraduate level at the University of Sydney.  She has won many prizes for her poetry including the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award.  Her work has been studied in schools and universities and has been translated into several languages.

Poetry | Published November 2015

ISBN: 978-1-921556-87-6 pb

RRP: $29.95

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Poem in Valley Micropress

The New Zealand journal, Valley Micropress, published one of Andrew’s poem in its November/December 2015 (Vol. 18, No. 10) issue. The poem, “Forgetting-Grass” (not to be confused with Andrew’s poem of the same name published in The Weekend Australian newspaper in January 2015), was first published under the title “The Forgetting-Grass Enigma” in the January-February issue of Quadrant magazine.

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