Stories

September 1, 2019 - Fremantle Art Centre Book Installation

 

 

To coincide with the opening of the 2019 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award,  a display including the new edition of Clunk & Jam will be in FOUND.  Thank you to India for putting so much time and love into setting up the display and Pia for the very warm support – always.

 

 

August 28, 2019 - Army of Ink Tired of Nice

 

Army of ink tired of being nice

She grew tired of being so nice.

Footnote story:  When you’re a nice person who is caring, kind and considerate of other people’s feelings.   It’s quite a blow when you come into contact with people who aren’t nice.  Sometimes cruel and hurtful. Careless with their words – and the feelings of others. It can knock you flat.

But then you get back up and learn to be a bit more economical with your niceness. Careful about the amount of good energy you give to certain people and ensure it goes where it is safe,respected and appreciated.  And when you feel how bad the opposite to nice feels, you realise just how important it is in the world.

(Clunk & Jam book 2019).

August 4, 2019 - Gone To The Dark

 

 

Up Above The World So High .

On the night you’ve gone to the dark, look to the black tinsel sky and see how small you really are.  Let it shrink, for a moment, the swell of emotion that engulfs you, anchoring you in your small and fleeting space, so you can feel the splinter of time that holds you here until the next.

(From book, ‘Clunk & Jam’).

For anyone who has experienced overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair, you’ll know how hard it is pull up out of that space.    And it’s not always the ‘light’ that consoles us when in a dark space.   This poem arrived at a time when in the grip of one of these moments and how taking myself outside into the dark night and looking up at the stars helped put things in to perspective.   Offered reprieve and relief from the state of mind that gripped me ‘inside’.   And for those supporting someone in a dark space, it may be helpful to know that you don’t necessarily have to make things ‘bright’, ‘light’ or ‘right’ to help someone.  Sometimes just keeping them company, sitting quietly, can help to secure a line to something outside of the head space they feel lost and alone in.

The poem’s picture comes from the documentary film ‘Man on Wire’, about a French tightrope walker who strung a wire between the twin tower buildings in New York and did the impossible.

 

(Reposted from 2011)

July 16, 2019 - Flipper Girl Rocks

 

Feeling the toll of the count, Flipper Girl settled high above the broken.  Long after the taken.  And many rungs up from the struggle.  Now it was her turn to Rock.

 

(Reposted from 2015.  Flipper Girl appears in  Clunk & Jam, 2019 book. Pictured, Ash)

July 15, 2019 - Flipper Girl

 

Flipper Girl left troubled waters in her wake to see beyond the folly, the froth, and the fear inducing fog.

(Clunk & Jam 2019, book)

June 15, 2019 - Flipper Girl Surrenders

 

Flipper Girl called a truce with things gone wrong and pegged herself a spot (brand new) where she could bask in the bubble of surrender.

Clunk & Jam book