Published in Southerly

Ripple Poetry

Delighted to be included in Southerly.

June Perkins, Two Livestreamed Funerals, a Cancelled Wedding, and the Saving Grace of Poetry

Extract from Southerly Announcement

“The diverse work offered here, in Southerly’s first online-only issue, gathers “Australian” writing produced in many different places and circumstances. Heterogenous and singular in its contents, the layered contiguity of digital publication optimistically promotes the lateral and multitemporal formation of the commons, true to the big ambitions and longevity of this venerable “little magazine.”

Our contributors dwell in and on the permeability of extreme and ordinary states, temporal confusion and disturbance, bringing genre to bear on forms of technological, linguistic, and psychical mediation, exposing Berlantian “impasse” in myriad ways.

We are grateful to Create NSW for a grant to pay contributors at a particularly disastrous time for arts funding. Most of all, we are grateful to the brilliant contributors who have entrusted us with their work…

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Staying Deadly – Survey Invitation

Sharing this important message about a survey looking for participants to enhance the services in Mental health.

Felix says:

“The Staying Deadly Mental Health Survey is our community’s opportunity to have a say about the mental health services that are available to our mob.

If you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, 18+ and living in South East Queensland, we want to hear from you!

To register your interest email the team at stayingdeadly@qcmhr.uq.edu.au or visit STAYING DEADLY

PLUS everyone who participates will take home a deadly limited edition shirt designed by Preston Campbell OR a $25 gift voucher!”

Note for Readers: Deadly – in Aboriginal English – means great, awesome

Maths and Me

I am reconnecting with maths and brushing up my numeracy.

Why?

Compulsory lantite numeracy to be a teacher deems it so.

My attitude to maths was to just do what I need to do with it, with banking, checking my change and that’s it. More than that, well if you pushed me statistics for emphasising points in public talks.

Now to prepare for this test, it’s rediscovering patterns, shapes, sequences, algebra and more.

It’s about learning to ensure I read and interpret data, understand different graph types and what they reveal.

It’s building my maths muscle, through training in solving problems.

Three weeks ago I felt totally overwhelmed by this. Recalling maths from many years ago – was I going to be able to do it, to the point of taking an exam? Why had I neglected to remember the area of a triangle, the volume of a sphere?

The whole thing had me petrified.

However, I came across this video by Arthur Benjamin – and wish he had been my maths teacher in the past. Maybe my relationship with maths would have been lifelong.

For Benjamin, Maths is about:

Calculation

Application

and INSPIRATION!

Inspiration is what will bring it into the realm of a life long love for everyone.

So to make in through my preparation for the Lantite Numeracy I am watching inspirational videos as well as using the materials provided by my university.

Perhaps it is a good thing this reconnection is happening. I am hopeful and determined not only to pass that Lantite Numeracy but connect with the mystery of patterns, and the powers of prediction that can be fostered through mathematics.

Here is some further food for thought.

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