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June Perkins chatting with Ruha and Minaira Fifita about the art of collaboration, the role of the artist in society and living across three countries.
Wishing you a happy International Women’s Day. Wishing you strength in your quests to empower women.
Weaving Sunset A poem.
Poetry of Mahvash Sabet A review of a poet rising above her situation of being a religious conscience prisoner.
Empowerment of Women A reflection.
It’s all in the Sidetracks When I first met Jennifer Martiniello.
Aboriginal Women’s Writing An overview of Indigenous Australian Women Writers using the power of writing.
Dreamtime Tea A memory of a friendship with a Japanese Lady in Townsville
Lani Wendt Young Attending a book launch of a Pasifika writer in Brisbane
Purple Tips A poem.
Mother Made it So A tribute to my Mum.
I have been a bit quiet of late, as a new book, Illuminations: 19 Poems and 1 Story, is about to be born.
At the end of this post is a preview of the back cover.
It has been a happy process – and has reunited me with designer Heidi Den Ronden and editor Matilda Elliot from Magic Fish Dreaming and led to working with new illustrators, Ruha and Minaira Fifita and some additional editing from Belinda Belton.
This book will be available in June 2020. I am using the Ingram Spark platform and developing more publishing and distribution skills this time around.
I’ve also retreated a bit to do some writing! Will keep you posted on the book, and I am keeping up my instagram posts.
I’ve been reflecting on how we treat the aged in our population after passing my fiftieth year. Some new poems being born through my poetry notebook. They are perculating, aging gracefully to find their meaning!
That’s all for now. Keep well, and think of happiness as a process not a destination.
Creative Commons Flickr – Anna From Dresden
“We cherish the hope that through the loving-kindness of the All-Wise, the All-Knowing, obscuring dust may be dispelled and the power of perception enhanced, that the people may discover the purpose for which they have been called into being.” Tablets of Baha’u’llah, Ṭarázát (Ornaments)
coating the everyday of the soul in
a thickening mantle of swirling
loss, regret, anxiety, confusion
released by spiritual words
chanted, sung or said into
becoming light through melody
Peeling away veils
Visible for a moment
the sense of the soul’s shape
faith, connected, certitude
feathered tips of wings
Then air filter light warning
the arrival of
more dust . . .
(c) June Perkins