Wrote a chapter in new big book High Voltage: AC/DC an Illustrated Guide. Included in The Best Australian Poems 2009 aND 2010. Jen’s essay Sex Crimes in Suburbia was included in Meanjin's ‘Law and Crime - the Long Arm’ issue (October 2007). A widely-published, versatile professional writer, she wrote Skyhooks Million Dollar Riff, poetry books Marsupial Wrestling, Alleycat and gutter Vs stars (Flat Chat 2006). Available for professional writing jobs of all kinds including reports, workshops, journalism, poetry and publicity.
I cried with joy today. Thank you American voters. Now the world has a chance to live. I think today means that much. Quite apart from the searing journey of a nation forged in blackbirding, civil war and a black vote won 40 years back - pretty similar to in Australia when we decided our original inhabitants, around 60,000 years of environmentally sound prior habitation notwithstanding, were actually citizens who could be counted and vote. Just for a start. And there's a long, long road we'll travel, but ...
This is a new world.
From Times Online November 5, 2008 Forty Acres: a poem for Barack Obama from Nobel winner Derek Walcott The West Indies poet Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, writes exclusively for The Times to mark the election of Barack Obama as President Derek Walcott Nobel prize winning West Indian poet
Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He divides his time between New York and the Caribbean
Out of the turmoil emerges one emblem, an engraving —
a young Negro at dawn in straw hat and overalls,
an emblem of impossible prophecy, a crowd
dividing like the furrow which a mule has ploughed,
parting for their president: a field of snow-flecked
forty acres wide, of crows with predictable omens
that the young ploughman ignores for his unforgotten
cotton-haired ancestors, while lined on one branch, is
court of bespectacled owls and, on the field's
receding rim —
a gesticulating scarecrow stamping with rage at him.
The small plough continues on this lined page
beyond the moaning ground, the lynching tree, the tornado's
and the young ploughman feels the change in his veins,
heart, muscles, tendons,
till the land lies open like a flag as dawn's sure
light streaks the field and furrows wait for the sower.