Book launch, Fermenting

Launch of my tenth poetry book Fermenting
by singer/songwriter John Dengate,
2pm, Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St., Newtown 2042, Saturday 10th November, '07

Newtown Festival, poetry reading

1:08pm Fri. November 9th

I'm doing a poetry reading in the Writers' Tent, run by Better Read than Dead, at Newtown Festival, Sunday 11th November, '07

A full house

Bogong moths heading south
to the granite tors of the Snowy Mountains
are sometimes deflected by storms and bad weather.
In NSW millions of them have been found
strewn along coastal beaches.
In the late 1860s in a Sydney church
the Reverend Mobbs had to cancel services
because the sudden invasion left no room
for the congregation.
He counted 80,000 moths
on the windows alone
relaxing in a summer torpor.
It was only a small church
but still he was assiduous in his moth count.
Obviously he'd never experienced
such a large church attendance before -
densely packed with moths
it was a full house.

Photo by Russ Hermann

About Colleen

Colleen Z  Burke, award winning poet and author, has had numerous books published including ten poetry books.  She has also published a biography of Australian poet Marie E.J. Pitt, Doherty's Corner and is co-editor of The Turning Wave - Poems and Songs of Irish Australia.   More