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Yesterday I tried a different writing technique.  Usually an idea comes to me or a title, first line or the last, I leave it to take shape in my head for a while and then write it down (normally in pencil unless I happen to be on my laptop) giving special care to punctuation, line breaks, stanzas, etc.  I almost try to get a final version straight off.  But yesterday, with a topic in mind, I just wrote – a solid block with no attention to sentence structure, breath or indeed anything other than getting down what I wanted to say.


This came about after reading some work by Sarah Chapman, a dynamic young poet most recently published on Helen Ivory’s Ink, Sweat and Tears webzine.  An interesting result, quite liberating in fact.  I think the lesson I learnt is a very simple one all poets experience –  that deviating from what feels comfortable and familiar can lead you into a very new space to explore and in which to make your mark.

I am just in the throes of finalising the piece and then intend to submit it to one of a number of magazines on my increasing to do list !  Let’s see what kind of reception it gets…will keep you posted.

No time like today to post some love poetry !




So here is the poem I was thrilled to have published by Inkerman & Blunt in Australian Love Poems 2013, edited by Mark Tredinnick.  This wonderful collection is split into sections to capture the full spectrum of love and it’s journey – from those fresh heady sparks to the sometimes unavoidable last remnants.  My poem sits within ‘We outgrow love like other things’…




Our front door has gained weight

seems harder to close.

I manage our hallway then fold

a paper chained doll.


Temptation dropped me off.

He is older, wears suits

peels me undone with deep set eyes.


There is safety in here

a promise I’ll always be loved

It’s just not enough.


I know this will slice your insides

but I do it also for you.

You need more

than this glossed over longing.


I place my goodbye on the table

seven years of tears

line dried, folded in pairs.


Copyright © J V Birch 2013


Happy Valentine’s Day – spend it wisely  🙂

Volume 2 of the Australian Poetry Members’ Anthology: Poems 2013 is out now and available to order.

AP Members Anthology 2013

I am both pleased and proud to have a poem included in this wonderful collection, that sees poets from all over the country converging to express themselves in a multitude of ways on a variety of topics.

Emerging names speak alongside some of Australia’s prominent voices – I share the pages with the likes of David Adès, Jennifer Compton, P.S. Cottier and Rachael Mead.

So if you’re seeking a selection of the latest contemporary poetry from Australia, this is the perfect read.


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