I was to read as one of four featured poets at La Mama Poetica this evening. The three co-featuring poets were to be David Stavanger, Anisa Nandaula and Jocelyn Deane. I was looking forward to the event, as I suspect were all four of us. But I am relieved that, wisely, La Mama cancelled the event, with the hope that this is a postponement to a better time. The decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. In solidarity, I have made this recording of poems I might have read tonight. My thanks to Amanda Anastasi for the invitation to read at La Mama.

The poems I read in this video are titled:

‘Night Gusts with House and Flowering Gum’, forthcoming in Island

‘Things fall away’ published in Overland

‘Called up’ published in Not Very Quiet

‘Prelude to a voice’ published in my collection White on White (Cordite Books, 2018), available from the author (afelvey@gmail.com) or Cordite Publishing

‘Cinders’ published in my collection Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014) available from the author (afelvey@gmail.com)

‘The sense is porous to the thing’ published in my collection On arrivals of breath (Poetica Christi Press, 2019) available from the author (afelvey@gmail.com) or from Poetica Christi Press

‘Earth Interview in the Anthropocene’ published in Rabbit and hope for whole: Poets speak up to Adani

‘Grasp’ forthcoming in Verity La

David Stavanger’s new book Case Notes is available from UWAP

Anisa Nandaula’s Melanin Garden is available from Anita Nandaula

Jocelyn Deane’s The Second Person is available from Girls on Key