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'Stuart Barnes is a poet and poetry editor of Tincture Journal. His manuscript The Staysails won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and will be published by University of Queensland Press in 2016. Bend River Mountain, with fellow poets Robbie Coburn, Nathan Hondros, Rose Hunter, Carly-Jay Metcalfe & Michele Seminara, is forthcoming from Regime Books. He tweets as @StuartABarnes. He took a moment to talk to us about the line between confession and poetry, meeting Gwen Harwood, and collaboration.' (Publication abstract)
'New South Wales Premier's Award and the Victorian Premier's Award, and the Christopher Brennan Award for sustained and distinguished excellence in poetry. She co-edited the poetry anthology A Parachute of Blue (1995) and has also worked on the poetry magazines Hobo and Kalimat. She has been a member of Literature Board of the Australia Council, and in 2005 became poetry editor of the literary journal Meanjin. She took a moment to chat to Robbie Coburn about imaginative spaces, first discovering poetry, and the place of the modern poet.' (Publication abstract)
The subject of this poem is 'the Pinjarra Massacre of 1834, where a party of men, led by Governor James Stirling, surrounded the camp of the Bindjareb Nyungars in Pinjarra and opened fire'. (Judges' report, 2010 Tom Collins Poetry Prize.)