paul mitchell

Psalm 19b

Let me stand at a door that opens to ocean ride on an orca under water, then up and out of it leaping. Let me call to forests a name they’ve forgotten their leaves breathe a breath from the mouths …

Posted in 96: NO THEME IX | Tagged

Letter to Franz Kafka

Given your output, I’m sorry to write only a letter, but I have these Annual Reports to type, so time’s an insect, attention spans and shelf-times shorter, and the Digital Age makes burning manuscripts impossible. What would you say to …

Posted in 91: MONSTER | Tagged

Field Recording 1 – Clarendon Hotel, South Melbourne

He’s turning 57 in a month and the last six months, I don’t know, he’s You don’t compromise yourself, no, no, they’re there, but so many close family friends People like Steve and Jane, they’re the types … You know …

Posted in 62: MELBOURNE | Tagged

National Geographic

‘Weather Gone Wild’, September 2012 1. Orangutan languorous on the incongruous jungle seat. Mongolian boy pushes his sister on a makeshift swing. Frayed ropes, dirty, smiling faces. Cloudless sky. Raccoon crawls from a ditch tempted by a choc-chip cookie. Romeo …

Posted in 56: NO THEME II | Tagged

The Conversation (Risen)

You were climbing, when I first saw you, down into the floor of a Fitzroy pub. Whose grave was it, again? Your father’s? Our Father’s? Your own? No, your shadow’s. It was mine too. You could disappear easily into any …

Posted in 52: INTERLOCUTOR | Tagged ,

CCC Spoken Word Mix

[audio:,,,,,,|titles=I will grab their bytes and they will secretly not like it,Not Some Racist,a text tale,Paradise,Free Information Poem,A Night on the Town,Creative Commons: Bastion for Utopia or Just More Creative Culture Juju?|artists=klare lanson,Paul Mitchell and Bill Buttler,klare lanson,Lady Gaby and …

Posted in 40: CREATIVE COMMONS | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Not Some Racist

[audio:|titles=Not Some Racist] Not Some Racist (1:57) Words: Paul Mitchell | Music: Bill Buttler

Posted in 40: CREATIVE COMMONS | Tagged ,

Paul Mitchell Reviews Tim Metcalf

Australia is home to a number of clinician poets, including general practitioners such as Peter Goldsworthy and Shen, and mental health specialists such as Jennifer Harrison, Robyn Rowland and Doris Brett. Tim Metcalf, a GP from Bega NSW, joined their ranks in 2001 when he published his first collection, Corvus (Ginninderra Press). The book included 'Stages of Dying', winner of the 2000 WB Yeats Prize, a spare poem that offered a confronting yet tender meditation on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's teachings about death and dying.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged ,


after Geoff Page     I like my x. Especially the equal lines that pass through her centre. They give her balance, the sense that no matter what life may throw she'll stand, with her legs firm & grounded. She …

Posted in 30: EXPERIENCE | Tagged


It's no use showing me poems about music; I'm tone deaf.There's nothing wrong with that one, just needs more brilliance. Yeah, you've written a shocker there. Great poem. And full of love. *      Don't use tired images when you feel you …

Posted in 30: EXPERIENCE | Tagged

Paul Mitchell Reviews Claire Gaskin

There is no firm ground in Claire Gaskin's new collection, A Bud. If you're looking for poetry that announces itself as a place to have your psychic tremors explained, your yearning reflected or your misappropriations mended, look elsewhere.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged ,

A Series of Good Investments

He sits with his thumbs in knots a sparrow nestled in his stomach rolls no need now for further talk of flight or the lack therof, no need for further, distance or any departure time, long distance call or marker. …

Posted in 28: INNOCENCE | Tagged

Dear Dad

Dear Dad Check this link … Love Siggy     >Notice – This memory contains paranoia and counter-transference insights >intended only for the intrusive use of the anaclitic named above. If you >are not the intended regression of this …

Posted in 28: INNOCENCE | Tagged

Paul Mitchell Interviews Joel Deane

Joel Deane has won two national awards for his poetry and fiction. His novel, Another, won the IP Picks award for best unpublished Australian fiction manuscript in 2004 and was published in the same year.

Posted in INTERVIEWS | Tagged , ,

Paul Mitchell Reviews Les Murray

Given the title of Les Murray's latest book, you'd perhaps expect that 'The Shining Slopes and Planes' – the poem in which the term “biplane houses” appears – would provide a key to unlocking this collection. In a sense it does: the poem evokes a runway full of simple Australian houses, entities that appear the least likely to sprout wings, organic or mechanistic, and fly.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged , , ,


Paul Mitchell is a Melbourne poet. He has published one collection, Minorphysics (IP 2003), and has another due out in April 2007 through Five Islands Press. Visit his website.

Posted in 25: COMMON WEALTH | Tagged

a day in the life long

The moon forgets its own face. I'm reminded that I don't like the colour of sky in summer, ever. Someone asks me to smell their rose colour. I say, Get out of the way of my birdsong! Watch the brittle …


writers and editors

there are writers who are trying to get into books and there are editors that try hard to keep them out there are writers who are trying to get in too hard and there are editors that try books to …


Paul Mitchell Interviews Richard Watts

Richard Watts, creative director of Express Media's (producer of the youth literary magazine Voiceworks) has stepped down. Paul Mitchell reports on Richard's five years in a job that he describes as the best he's ever had. At the end of …

Posted in INTERVIEWS | Tagged ,

Paul Mitchell Reviews Pushing Words

“Pushing Words”, a poetry reading held as part of the Castlemaine State Arts Festival, featured Melbourne poets Dorothy Porter, Ian McBryde, Lauren Williams, Kevin Brophy, Ali Alizadeh, Jennifer Harrison and Myron Lysenko.

Organiser Ross Donlon promoted the event as a chance to catch top poets who you'd never see reading together on the one bill. Each poet gave a strong performance, no doubt influenced by the company around them.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Claire Stewart Reviews Paul Mitchell

The first comparative poet who came to mind as I was reading this collection was Bruce Dawe, who shares 's alternating ocker flippancy and grave sensitivity. Like Dawe, Mitchell finds beauty and solace in the most seemingly mundane of subjects. His poems have a tendency to oscillate between sensory osmosis and abstract observation.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged ,

Q&A with Johanna Featherstone

'Featherstone' is actually a physical condition whereby instead of the skeleton being made of bone, it is made of a feather stone. The feather stone's (bone) strength is due to the interweaving feathers inside each piece of bone.

Posted in GUNCOTTON | Tagged ,

Paul Mitchell on Sleepers at Next Wave 2004

“Sleepers Prevents Bad Poetry” Next Wave Festival (Festival Club) Monday 24 May 2004 This event was presented at the Next Wave Festival in a bar venue – after a big crowd had finished fawning all over American cartoonist, writer and …

Posted in FEATURES | Tagged ,

Season for Stubbies

the stubby canadian cousins yet another cliché that seems to be really true large black shiny stubby pterodactyl-like creatures bill was relieved the afterburner was caged in a stubby housing at a slower switch-off characteristic steve opened his jacket slightly …

Posted in 16: SEARCH | Tagged