Issue 2 is live

Hello to everyone following Not Very Quiet. We sincerely apologise for the avalanche of 66 poems than have now arrived in your inbox.

It’s safe to follow our blog again. The next issue will be published in September – we’ll let you know a few days before so you can unfollow us.

We hope you enjoy Issue 2.

Issue 2 coming 10 March 2018

You may want to change your settings for a few days

To everyone following NVQ – we’re about to publish our second issue. More than 300 poems were submitted and we picked 66.

Since each poem is a post, followers may want to change their settings or unfollow this blog for a few days so that your email inbox isn’t overloaded with ‘new post’ notifications.

We really appreciate your support. And we hope you enjoy issue 2.

Women’s poetry night

The Not Very Quiet editors are hosting women’s poetry evenings every third Monday in 2018 at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra.

We’ll have featured poets, book launches, open mic and more …

Check out the calendar on Smith’s Alternative website for program details.

Third Monday of the month
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Come early to sign up for the open mic. Each open mic poet is invited to read one poem for up to three minutes.

A review of Not Very Quiet’s first issue

‘Women poets loud and lusty’

Republished from ‘A Poet’s Slant’ blog

For a long and lusty blast of poetry by women from almost every continent in the world go right now to the Not Very Quiet website. We’ve been waiting for it since its announcement early in the year — and it’s here. Congratulations to Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew on their vision and on this first issue full of beautiful and often startling words.

The debut issue was launched on September 25 at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra to a packed house. The Not Very Quiet event with performances and readings by poets from the Canberra region was followed by the launch of new collections by the co-editors: Black Tulipsby Moya Pacey (Recent Work Press) and Who Sleeps at Night?: Poetry of Conflict by Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press).

Lizz Murphy

Irish-Australian poet Lizz Murphy has published thirteen books, eight of them poetry titles. Published widely in Australian journals and anthologies with publication also in Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Poland, US. She writes between Binalong NSW and Canberra and is currently The Canberra Times Poetry Editor.

NVQ on Facebook

We have a new Facebook page for Not Very Quiet. Join us … we’ll be posting regular updates and looking forward to your comments.

We’ve chosen this Sulphur-crested cockatoo to represent NVQ on Facebook – it’s a particularly loud and omni-present Australian parrot.

Parrot with white feathers and a yellow crest.

Found in Translation: Women’s Voices From Japan – A Bilingual Poetry Reading

On a chilly Spring night at the University of Canberra, we gather to listen to four Japanese poets and their translators – Takako Arai (with Jen Crawford), Kayoko Yamasaki (with Subhash Jaireth), Harumi Kawaguchi (with Melinda Smith) and Hiromi Ito (with Jeffrey Angles).

This event (part of the Poetry on the Move Festival) is splendid not simply because of the poetry which stands on its own merit in Japanese and in English but because of the way in which it is delivered by both poets and translators (who are all poets as well). Rina Kikuchi (who organised this event and, with Jen Crawford, edited the excellent anthology Poet to Poet: Contemporary Women Poets from Japan) asserts that her selection of these poets was to break the illusion of Japanese women and to discard and displace “outdated stereotypes of their ‘obedient’ and ‘passive’ nature”. These poets were chosen to demonstrate the variety and diversity of women’s voices in Japan and they definitely succeed in doing that.

Continue reading “Found in Translation: Women’s Voices From Japan – A Bilingual Poetry Reading”

NVQ launch of issue 1

We had a great night at Smiths Alternative! Many thanks to Jacqui Malins for launching Issue 1, to the poets who performed their works and to the wonderful turnout of NVQ supporters.

Watch this space for details on Issue 2. We plan to open submissions from November 2017 through January 2018.

The launch crowd at Smiths Alternative cafe.

Launch at Smiths Alternative, 25 September 2017